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These Are The Highest Paying Jobs In The US For 2016

Source | FastCompany : By Lydia Dishman

You may not be one of the people who believes that money can buy happiness; however, a recent Glassdoor survey revealed that as many as 7 in 10 respondents (68%) said that salary and compensation are top of mind when considering whether or not to accept a new job.

There’s a lot more of that going on right now. With as many as 78% of hiring managers planning to bring new people on in the first half of 2016—according to career site Dice—and over 100 occupations in the U.S. that have more job postings than actual hires month over month, it’s a great time to be looking for a job.

For those with their personal bottom line in mind, Glassdoor conducted a new analysis of the salary reports collected on its platform to determine which positions garnered the heftiest paychecks. For a job title to be considered for the list of the top 25 it had to have at least 75 salary reports shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year (1/24/15 – 1/23/16) and not be a C-suite level position. What they found were some traditionally highly paid positions as well as a few surprises.

TECH POSITIONS PAY

Unsurprisingly, 11 of the top 25 are tech and engineering jobs. This is in line with other recent findings that the average salaries in the sector in the U.S. jumped 7.7% to $96,370 annually, compared to the average national wage growth of 2.2%, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

DEMAND AND COMPETITION

There are a few jobs on this list—such as data scientist, tax manager, and solutions manager—that overlap with the recent 25 Best Jobs in Americaranking.

Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain tellsFast Company that the previous report highlighted jobs according to three factors: hiring opportunity, earning potential, and career opportunities. “The overlap between these two reports reinforces the idea that high pay is often closely linked to in-demand skills,” he explains, “which in turn leads to a high number of job openings for these positions, as well as the opportunity for career growth.”

Chamberlain says that positions earning high salaries are often not only in-demand, but are also protected from competition and automation—even as the rise of consumer software has made an impact on the finance and insurance industries. “Even as technology has helped to automate some aspects of the tax and insurance markets, the remaining jobs in these fields require lots of human judgement and creativity that is very difficult to automate,” Chamberlain asserts.

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