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A Complete Guide to the Highest-Paying Jobs, Companies, Freelance Jobs and More

A Complete Guide to the Highest-Paying Jobs, Companies, Freelance Jobs and More

Knowing what company or job pays the most is a smart matter to consider when you’re job hunting or still in school shaping your future. While income might not be your highest priority when deciding your career, chances are, it’s a factor.

Considering the formidable cost of college and other higher-education programs — and the student loan debts that many of us carry around for decades following graduation — it makes sense to be practical and strategic about which career and which companies you pursue. All of these decisions add up to your financial future.

Click through these next five slides to get a quick download on the highest-paid jobs, companies, majors, side-gigs for recent college graduates and more.

25 Highest-Paying Jobs

Health-care and technology jobs dominate the list of the top 25 highest-paying jobs in America for 2017, according to Glassdoor. Once again this year, physician marks the top of the heap as the highest-paying job with a median base salary of $187,876. Six out of the 25 most lucrative jobs are in specialized health-care, from physician’s assistant ($112,529) to pharmacy manager ($149,064).

Glassdoor’s research underscores a clear demand for people well-versed in technology and software, including applications development manager ($112,045), software engineering manager ($109,350) and data architect ($102,091).

Related: The 15 Most Profitable Small-Business Industries

The need to fill high-paying jobs in tech is clearly growing and reflects a U.S. deficit of qualified STEM graduates and workers. According to New American Economy, in 2016 the number of available STEM jobs outnumbered the number of available STEM-trained workers by 3 million. If you’re in school and wondering where the future of high-paying jobs is, look to a major and a career in a STEM field.

On the other hand, fewer law jobs appear on this year’s Glassdoor list than in the past. However, patent lawyer is one of the top 10 highest-paid jobs at $139,272.

1. Physician

Median Base Salary: $187,876

2. Pharmacy Manager

Median Base Salary: $149,064

3. Patent Attorney

Median Base Salary: $139,272

4. Medical Science Liaison

Median Base Salary: $132,842

5. Pharmacist

Median Base Salary: $125,847

6. Enterprise Architect

Median Base Salary: $112,560

7. Physician Assistant

Median Base Salary: $112,529

8. Applications Development Manager

Median Base Salary: $112,045

9. R&D Manager

Median Base Salary: $111,905

10. Corporate Controller

Median Base Salary: $110,855

Check out the full list.

To learn about America’s highest-paying companies and more, click through the next four slides.

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