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The Highest Paying Jobs In 2016 Will Make You Consider Going Back To School

The Highest Paying Jobs In 2016 Will Make You Consider Going Back To School

Money talks. This we know. There’s a reason people get off on closing deals, and that’s because they’re going to see a little kick back that’s going to fund their golf trips or keep their mistress quiet. It’s been said that 68% of people have salary as their leading consideration for taking any given job, and I’d be lying if I said my fiscal responsibilities in life weren’t responsible for at least 68% of my Sunday Scaries, but that’s something I’ll discuss with my therapist.

Glassdoor just compiled all the info you need if you’re looking to get paid and look good doing it. The study, which was solely based on “people with these jobs who have shared their salaries on Glassdoor over the past year” yields a ton of management positions, something you’re probably trying to vie for by not drinking too much at corporate happy hours.

Per Glassdoor:

1. Physician

Median Base Salary: $180,000
Number of Job Openings: 2,064

2. Lawyer

Median Base Salary: $144,500
Number of Job Openings: 995

3. Research & Development Manager

Median Base Salary: $142,120
Number of Job Openings: 112

4. Software Development Manager

Median Base Salary: $132,000
Number of Job Openings: 3,495

5. Pharmacy Manager

Median Base Salary: $130,000
Number of Job Openings: 1,766

6. Strategy Manager

Median Base Salary: $130,000
Number of Job Openings: 701

7. Software Architect

Median Base Salary: $128,250
Number of Job Openings: 655

8. Integrated Circuit Designer Engineer

Median Base Salary: $127,500
Number of Job Openings: 165

9. IT Manager

Median Base Salary: $120,000
Number of Job Openings: 3,152

10. Solutions Architect

Median Base Salary: $120,000
Number of Job Openings: 2,838

11. Engagement Manager

Median Base Salary: $120,000
Number of Job Openings: 1,452

12. Applications Development Manager

Median Base Salary: $120,000
Number of Job Openings: 263

13. Pharmacist

Median Base Salary: $118,000
Number of Job Openings: 4,502

14. Systems Architect

Median Base Salary: $116,920
Number of Job Openings: 439

15. Finance Manager

Median Base Salary: $115,000
Number of Job Openings: 2,582

16. Data Scientist

Median Base Salary: $115,000
Number of Job Openings: 1,985

17. Risk Manager

Median Base Salary: $115,000
Number of Job Openings: 1,137

18. Creative Director

Median Base Salary: $115,000
Number of Job Openings: 696

19. Actuary

Median Base Salary: $115,000
Number of Job Openings: 175

20. Data Architect

Median Base Salary: $113,000
Number of Job Openings: 762

21. Tax Manager

Median Base Salary: $110,000
Number of Job Openings: 1,495

22. Product Manager

Median Base Salary: $107,000
Number of Job Openings: 7,758

23. Design Manager

Median Base Salary: $106,500
Number of Job Openings: 510

24. Analytics Manager

Median Base Salary: $106,000
Number of Job Openings: 988

25. Information Systems Manager

Median Base Salary: $106,000
Number of Job Openings: 147

Managers on managers on managers on managers. It should really come as no surprise that if you’re not directing traffic and telling people what to do, you’re going to dining with the masses instead of toasting champagne with the classes. Sure, I’m fairly certain that I’d have a better shot at becoming a pro golfer if I took all the money and time spent on law school and hired a swing coach, but not everyone’s a risk taker like me so becoming a lawyer or physician makes sense.

Either way, I’d rather blog for the rest of my life than be an “analytics manager” making $106K per year. Those dudes sound like nerds.

[via Glassdoor]

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Will

Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at will@grandex.co.

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