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Higher education has generally always corresponded with higher pay, and this pattern has become even more pronounced in recent decades and 2019. Wages for workers without a college degree declined between 1979 and 2018, while wages for college-educated workers rose over the same period.
Most of the positions on this list are managerial or involve advanced technical skills, and they typically require years of additional education — at least a bachelor’s degree and in many cases a professional degree or higher.
High pay can also reflect growing demand for certain occupations in the U.S. economy. A number of high-paying jobs are in programming and health care, sectors that increasingly comprise a larger share of the economy.
Due to the ongoing growth and adoption of technological developments, the number of software developer occupations is expected to grow by 21% through 2028, much faster than the average growth projected for all occupations. Similarly, due primarily to the aging of the U.S. population, health care occupations are expected to grow by 14%, also well above the average.
Below are the 25 occupations found on job review and data company Glassdoor’s “The Highest Paying Jobs of 2019” list. Glassdoor ranks occupations by the highest annual median base salary, as determined by the site’s proprietary algorithm, which controls for factors such as location and seniority. To make this list, a job must have at least 100 salary reports employees at U.S.-based companies made on Glassdoor between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. The number of job openings reflects active job listings on Glassdoor as of Aug. 26 2019. All C-suite-level jobs — executive jobs in leadership positions typically at large corporations — were excluded from Glassdoor’s report.
To calculate the change in median salary, 24/7 Wall St. used the salaries Glassdoor posted for each occupation in the 2018 list and this year’s list. In the cases where this year’s occupations were not on Glassdoor’s 2018 list, we did not add the change in median salary.