Want a six-figure salary? Tech is the place to be


If you’re reading this, you probably are employed in the technology field. In which case, I have very good news: There’s an excellent chance you’re making a six-figure salary — or will eventually.

OK, maybe not if you’re working the reception desk (though don’t rule it out!), but according to data from jobs and recruiting website Glassdoor, 13 of the 25 highest-paying jobs in the U.S. are in the fast-paced, forward-thinking world of technology. That’s up from 11 jobs in the top 25 a year ago.

Oh, by the way, all you high school jocks wiping back sweat off the leg press machine at Planet Fitness, who’s the geek now?

Granted, the top three positions are in the healthcare field — 1. physician ($195,842 median base salary), 2. pharmacy manager ($146,412) and 3. pharmacist ($127,120). The rest of the list, however, is owned by the techies! Check it out:

4. Enterprise architect ($115,944)

6. Software development manager ($108,879)

8. Software engineering manager ($107,479)

10. Software architect ($105,329)

11. Engineering manager ($105,260)

12. Applications development manager ($104,048)

14. IT program manager ($102,969)

15. Solutions architect ($102,160)

17. Data architect ($101,900)

19. Systems architect ($100,984)

20. Scrum master ($98,239)

Wait, what’s a scrum master? And what’s a scrum? I devote an entire post to this recently, but briefly, a scrum is a methodology used by agile development teams, and the scrum master serves as a facilitator and coach.

23. Cloud engineer ($96,449)

25. Data scientist ($96,116)

Interestingly, only two tech jobs (enterprise architect at No. 6 and apps development manager at No. 8) cracked the top 10 in 2017, versus four this year.

“The fact that employers are paying top dollar for many tech and healthcare jobs reinforces how demand for these valuable skill sets continues to outpace the supply of talent with these expertises,” said Glassdoor economic research analyst Amanda Stansell.

The report is based on salary reports shared on Glassdoor’s website by people who hold these positions. Glassdoor excluded C-suite level jobs from the report, probably because it’s such a broad category cutting across multiple industries that any median base salary might be meaningless.

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