25. Management analysts
> Median annual earnings: $84,708
> Total number of workers: 658,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +10.7%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 78.0%
Management analysts study businesses and their work processes and flows in order to design systems and procedures that would improve efficiency and productivity. This career field is one of just 25 jobs in America in which most workers earn over $84,000 per year. For context, the median annual earnings for the typical full-time, year round U.S. job is $51,168.
There were over 650,000 management analysts in the U.S. as of 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it one of the most commonly held jobs in the country. This figure is expected to increase significantly over the next decade as companies seek to tamp down costs and reduce inefficiencies. The BLS projects a 10.7% increase in the number of management analysts from 2019 to 2029, nearly triple the projected 3.7% increase for the typical American job during that time.
24. Personal financial advisors
> Median annual earnings: $85,176
> Total number of workers: 400,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +4.4%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 82.8%
Personal financial advisors help their clients plan investment strategies. Like many workers in the finance sector, these advisors also tend to be well compensated — most earn over $85,000 per year.
Like every other job on this list for which there is data, personal financial advisors are much more likely to have a college degree than workers at the typical job. Among advisors 25 and older, 82.8% have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared to 38.9% of all workers that age. These workers are also more likely to have a master’s degree and a doctorate degree than the typical worker as well.
23. Human resources managers
> Median annual earnings: $85,488
> Total number of workers: 264,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +6.3%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 69.9%
Human resources managers direct and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. Employed in nearly every industry, HR managers are projected to be in consistent demand, with the BLS projecting an average of over 13,000 openings each year over the next decade.
Nearly every job that ranks among the highest paying in the country is male dominated, with men accounting for as much as 91% of the workforce in some occupations. Human resources managers is an exception — it is one of six occupations on this list that are female dominated. Women account for 73.5% of human resource managers.
22. Computer programmers
> Median annual earnings: $85,956
> Total number of workers: 388,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: -9.4%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 73.1%
The typical computer programmer earns nearly $86,000 annually, one of the highest paying jobs in America. Computer programmers write and test code that allows computers, applications, and software programs to run and function.
Though the occupation ranks among the highest paying in America,, the workforce is projected to contract by over 9% over the next decade due to a trend of outsourcing the jobs to places with lower wages.
21. Software quality assurance analysts and testers
> Median annual earnings: $88,244
> Total number of workers: 94,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: N/A
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: N/A
Software quality assurance analysts and testers ensure that computer programs function properly. It is one of just 21 career fields — many of which involve computers or technology — in which most workers earn over $88,000 annually.
Men tend to have higher earnings than women in the majority of jobs, and this disparity is larger for software quality assurance analysts than in any other job to rank among the highest paying jobs in America. Women in this job make less than 86% of what men do, according to BLS data.