Special Report

11 Jobs Paying Americans Over $100,000

4. Computer and Information Systems Managers
> Employment:
330,360
> Median salary: $127,640
> Employment change 2012-2022: 15.3%

Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers, are responsible for outlining a company’s technology needs and overseeing the implementation of programs to meet those needs. The majority of IT managers have at least a bachelor’s degree in a computer- or information-related field. Citing the importance of Internet and mobile networks to a company’s business goals, the BLS predicts employment in this occupation will grow by 15.3% by 2022. Additionally, mounting concerns over cybersecurity will further increase demand for IT teams and the workers who manage them. In 2014, a typical IT manager earned $127,640 annually.

3. Architectural and Engineering Managers
> Employment:
179,320
> Median salary: $130,620
> Employment change 2012-2022: 6.7%

A typical architectural and engineering manager earns $130,620 annually, nearly $100,000 more than the median salary of $35,540. Many workers in this field have a bachelor’s degree in architecture or engineering, and some have received advanced degrees in engineering management or other related fields. Future growth of this occupation is heavily determined by the industry in which workers are employed. The engineering services industry, for example, is projected to grow by 21% through 2022, but manufacturing, the industry that employs the most of these engineers, is expected to contract by 6%. Nevertheless, the BLS forecasts employment of architectural and engineering managers will grow by 6.7% by 2022, slower than the 10.8% growth expected of all occupations.

2. Chief Executives
> Employment:
246,240
> Median salary: $173,320
> Employment change 2012-2022: 5.3%

When thinking of chief executives, Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan or Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook may come to mind. However, the vast majority of CEOs make considerably less than such famous executives — the median annual salary of a chief executive is $173,320. While this is still nearly $140,000 above the median income of all occupations, it is considerably less than the millions of dollars earned by CEOs at some large companies. Employment in this occupation is projected to grow by 5.3% through 2022.

1. Family and General Practitioners
> Employment:
124,810
> Median salary: $180,180
> Employment change 2012-2022: 14.6%

No job with at least 100,000 employees has a higher median salary than family and general practitioners. Of the roughly 125,000 doctors in the country, at least half earn more than $180,000 annually, more than five times the median salary of all occupations. Over the 10 years ending in 2014, employment of general physicians rose 11.3%, and the BLS projects employment will increase by another 14.6% to 142,100 doctors by 2022 due to the substantial increase in demand for medical services brought about by an ageing population. Employment of all occupations is expected to grow 10.8% by 2022.

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