Special Report

79 Jobs With Six Figure Salaries

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79. Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers
> Avg. annual wage: $100,230
> 10% of workers earn less than: $45,970
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 14,380
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +1.7%

Judges and hearing officers oversee the legal process in courts. All are employed by federal or local governments, and usually have a law degree or have worked as lawyers.

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78. Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary
> Avg. annual wage: $100,340
> 10% of workers earn less than: $63,070
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Master’s degree
> Total employment: 271,020
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +4.1%

Education administrators coordinate the academic and administrative activities of children from kindergarten through secondary schools. To reach this job level, an administrator must typically have a master’s degree.

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77. Materials scientists
> Avg. annual wage: $100,430
> 10% of workers earn less than: $51,950
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 6,710
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +3.0%

Materials scientists study the atomic and molecular composition of substances and analyze the ways in which they interact. The job requires people to have a bachelor’s degree, though a master’s or Ph.D. is needed to do research work.

76. Nuclear power reactor operators
> Avg. annual wage: $100,990
> 10% of workers earn less than: $74,520
> Typical entry-level edu. required: High school diploma or equivalent
> Total employment: 5,050
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: -15.5%

Nuclear power reactor operators control nuclear reactors. The majority of the jobs, which require a high school diploma, extensive on-the-job training, and a license, can be found in seven states — Illinois, New York, Tennessee, Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Unlike most high-paying jobs on this list, the job outlook for nuclear power reactor operators is not favorable.

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75. Physics teachers, postsecondary
> Avg. annual wage: $101,110
> 10% of workers earn less than: $49,690
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 13,780
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +6.5%

Physics teachers on the postsecondary level teach classes that pertain to the laws of matter and energy. Typically physics teachers need a doctoral or professional degree to teach at the postsecondary level.

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74. Political science teachers, postsecondary
> Avg. annual wage: $102,290
> 10% of workers earn less than: $44,340
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 15,750
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +7.6%

Political science teachers teach about the development of political systems. To teach in a postsecondary institution, political scientists need to have a master’s or doctorate in political science or public administration, or a related field.

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73. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary
> Avg. annual wage: $102,690 sb
> 10% of workers earn less than: $47,660
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Doctoral or professional degree
> Total employment: 11,020
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +4.3%

Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers instruct classes on the physical sciences, other than chemistry and physics. These positions usually require a doctoral or professional degree on the postsecondary level.

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72. Commercial pilots
> Avg. annual wage: $102,870
> 10% of workers earn less than: $45,480
> Typical entry-level edu. required: High school diploma or equivalent
> Total employment: 37,830
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +7.7%

Commercial pilots fly fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters. Besides needing a high school diploma, commercial pilots must have a commercial pilot certificate and on-the-job training.

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71. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
> Avg. annual wage: $103,320
> 10% of workers earn less than: $55,850
> Typical entry-level edu. required: High school diploma or equivalent
> Total employment: 132,040
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +5.6%

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers plan and supervise transportation, storage, or distribution activities that comply with government laws and regulations. The occupation requires a high school diploma or equivalent. The job includes logistics managers.

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70. Electrical engineers
> Avg. annual wage: $103,480
> 10% of workers earn less than: $63,020
> Typical entry-level edu. required: Bachelor’s degree
> Total employment: 185,570
> Projected employment chg. 2018-2028: +4.8%

Electrical engineers research, design, develop, and oversee the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for use in commercial, industrial, military industries as well as for scientific use. Electrical engineers need to have a bachelor’s degree. Employers value practical experience like internships or involvement in engineering programs.