5 entry-level jobs that pay more than $100,000 per year , Graduates and first-time job hunters may want to get ahead of sluggish wage growth
The U.S. jobs market is sunnier, but wage growth is persistently lackluster.
Some entry-level jobs pay more than three times the median wage, according to an analysis of more than 19,000 salary records between March 2016 and October 2017 by career and salary company Comparably. The company identified data scientist as the top technology job for first-timers, with the average salary at $110,850 per year, followed by product manager at $105,000 per year. (Among technology jobs, these were closely followed by developer ($96,000 per year) — who use code to research, design, program and test computer software — and mobile developer ($98,000 per year).
Data scientists are in high demand and rate as the No. 1 job in America, according to separate data from careers website Glassdoor. Boasting a job-satisfaction score of 4.4 out of 5, data scientist was ranked No. 1 on the company’s annual “Best Jobs in America” list in 2016 and 2017 based on the number of job openings, salary and overall job satisfaction. It’s also a job that usually comes with high qualifications, however. Some 88% of data scientists have a Master’s Degree, while 46% have a Ph.D., according to data from Burtch Works executive recruiting
Entry-level jobs aside, there are several blue-collar jobs that pay $100,000 a year. New York Police Department salaries can go as high as $131,000 a year, depending on the rank and tenure, according to information confidentially submitted to Glassdoor by the NYPD. The national average for contractor salaries is $65,239 a year, Glassdoor found, but can vary from $32,000 to $110,000 per year. Oil rig foremen/superintendents, directional drillers and oil rig managers are among jobs that don’t typically require a bachelor’s degree and can command six-figure salaries.