10 Highest Paying Jobs In 2016

If you are interested in earning a lot of money irrespective of the extended working hours, then following is the list of some of the highest paying jobs in USA you can look for in 2016.


Median Base Salary: $180,000

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Number of job openings: 2,064

We all remember one thing most commonly of our school days, the dream of our parents to study hard and become the most successful doctor in future. Ranked on the top in the most in-demand job list does make sense of our parents dream now.

Due to increasing demand for health care, the need for doctors has increased with the passage of time. To become a doctor, you need to plan early because it requires four years of medical school and then eight of internship along with residency programs. But all the hard work surely pays of in the end.


Median Base Salary: $144,500

Number of Job openings: 995

These are highly educated professionals of the court who use ethical codes to become advocates of people. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the span of 10 years the demand for lawyers is expected to grow for 6% as fast as an average job. Lawyers face a tough competition for their survival because more students graduate each year than there are jobs available for them.

Research and Development manager:

Median Base Salary: $142,120

Number of job Openings: 112

The job of research and development includes supervision of research and development functional and personnel. These specialists are hired by various companies such as engineering firms, manufacturers, educational institutions, hospitals etc. They are also high in demand and are paid heavily depending upon the services they provide.

Software development manager:

Median Base Salary: $132,000

Number of job openings: 3,495

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for software developers have increased and are expected to grow 17% over 10 years through 2024. The demand for software developers is increasing much rapidly as compared to average professions.

Pharmacy Manager:

Median Base Salary: $130,000

Number of job openings: 1,766

The Pharmacy Managers provide medications to patients that are prescribed by the medical practitioners including dentists and physical therapists. To become a pharmacy manager, you need to have a Doctor of Pharmacy along with a license. The demand for pharmacy managers is expected to grow by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to 3% over 10 years. As it is not such a commonly chosen profession therefore the growth rate for its demand is very slow.

Strategy manager:

Median Base Salary: $130,000

Number of Job openings: 701

This profession involves formulating and executing the business goals. The responsibility of a Strategy Manager is to find those paths for business that lead to greater profitability. This profession is not ranked by the Bureau of labor Statistics as it is not regarded as a career but it is expected to grow 9% in demand till 2024.

Software Architect:

Median base Salary: $128,000

Number of Job Openings: 655

With technological advancements of today, the demand for software architect is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand is expected to increase 17% over the ten years which is regarded as much faster than the average professions.

Integrated Circuit Design engineer:

Median base Salary: $127,000

Number of Job openings: 165

These are the engineers who specialize to develop electronic components. They research, plan and manage the process of circuit design and production. This career requires specific education and a proper license to start off. But as the foreign competition is getting intense and the field of automation getting more response, this career is not proving to be very promising in current circumstances.

IT Manager:

Median base Salary: $120,000

Number of Job Openings: 3,152

As the demand for computer and information systems has grown, the demand for IT Managers has also elevated. This respective filed is expected to grow much faster than an average job i.e. 15% over ten years.

Solutions Architect:

Median Base Salary: $120,000

Number of Job openings: 2,838

A person who designs and organizes computer systems and custom applications is known as the Solutions Architect. These solutions architects are equated to computer network architects by the Bureau of labor statistics which predicts the demand for this career to grow 9% till 2014.

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Written by Hisham Sarwar


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