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11 Tech Jobs That Pay The Most: Glassdoor

IT positions account for 11 of the 25 top-paying jobs in Glassdoor's annual ranking. See which positions made the grade, and how your salary stacks up.
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IT-related jobs make up 44% of Glassdoor's annual ranking of the top 25 highest paid jobs in America. While physician still holds the No. 1 spot, 11 of the 25 top-paying jobs on this year's list are in IT.

Glassdoor's annual list is based on salary reports from its 30 million unique visitors. Positions that received fewer than 75 salary reports between January 24, 2015, and January 23, 2016, were excluded from the list. Some job titles were "normalized" in order to achieve consistency across titles, and C-level titles were excluded from the list.

In addition to providing median base salaries for each position, Glassdoor also provides the number of active job listings on on its site for each title as of Feb. 23, 2016.

Jobs all along the IT spectrum are represented in the ranking, both in terms of the level of expertise required, and in the range of managerial and non-managerial roles.

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There are software- and hardware-oriented jobs listed, not to mention data science positions. If your skillset is one of the ones most in demand, you won't have to rise too high in the ranks to make a decent living.

Check out the list of the highest paid IT jobs to see which positions pay the most, as well as a snapshot of the number of job listings for each position. To check out Glassdoor's complete ranking of the top 25 highest-paying jobs, click here.

Are you lucky enough to be in one of the higest-paying positions? If so, tell us how your experiences line up with the Glassdoor rankings. If you're not in one of these positions, will this ranking compel you to consider your options? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.

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Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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3/15/2016 | 7:07:52 PM
Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches

Thanks David for this list.   It is certainly encouraging to know that regardless of whether one is making the listed salary, at least one should.  

I don't see anything in IT overtaking that of being a physician, but at least Tech professionals are in the ball park.

For the record IT Manager or Information Systems Manager seem to be where my career is heading thus far .

Need I say it ?  

 

Show me the money.

David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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3/16/2016 | 4:19:54 PM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
@technocrati- You had me at IT Manager. :)

It is is interesting, because I think it might take a couple decades but that the role of "physician" is likely to be more dirupted by technology than that of IT manager. There may be a day where AI and scripted programs take over the role of general practitioner and we see a world where specialists are the only well-paid doctors. 

I think back to most of my visits to the doctor in the last couple of years. Almost all have centered on my being sick and wanting to know if I just had a virus or I needed an antibiotic. For the most part, I'd trust a machine with that.

My last trip to the doctor, I thought I might have Strep. The nurse swabbed me. We waited for the test. It came back negative, and the doctor looked at my throat and confirmed I had a virus. Wham bam, the doctor saw me for far less than I waited for the test result. I would have been fine with my phone telling me the results at home instead of waiting. Cortona or Siri could have done that.
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3/16/2016 | 11:32:15 PM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches

Dave I agree I think that technology will play a greater role in medicine in the future and we will see greater consolidation in the medical field as a result. In my area many doctors are given up their practices in favor of being hospital employees to get regular hours, lower costs and access to more support. We even have web doctors available for minor ailments. It also has benefits to the patient in reducing errors and subjectivity.

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jastroff,
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3/17/2016 | 9:50:25 AM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
@dave -- interesting list - I see some new jobs, and some older ones (systems architect) are listed. I dont' see my old job, tech writer -- guess it didn't make it in this year (!)

Was pondering if the "data scientist" role will change in the coming 1-2 years, and morph into something else -- maybe get swallowed up by analytics. If we accept that technology brings changes to the job arena, predicting is kind of hard.

If I'm starting college now, what do I study? What do I train for? How much liberal arts? How much science? How much phys ed? And what graduate school? Difficult to know. So few people live in the rarefied air of Solutions Manager that aiming for the top isn't always within our abilities.

Re: doctors. Have you tried any of the telemedicine apps? I've got one on my phone that offers general medicine, pediatrics, and psychology. Appoints with all these drs. are a phone call away, aided by Skype, etc. at a reasonable fee.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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3/20/2016 | 8:14:27 AM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
jastroff,    

Did you try that telemedicine app? Which one do you have? 

-Susan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
jastroff
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jastroff,
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3/20/2016 | 10:12:48 AM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
I downloaded Doctor on Demand -- I haven't used it yet, but it looked interesting. I know there are others. This one seemed to have a wide range or services and some well credentialed people. 

>> Did you try that telemedicine app? Which one do you have? 

Is anyone out there using these apps? I suspect the Pediatric service gets some traffic, but don't know for sure
Susan Fourtané
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3/22/2016 | 7:32:39 AM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
jastroff, I downloaded the one you have. It looks good. -Susan
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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3/20/2016 | 12:25:25 PM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
@David    Awh Shucks ! : )     Some interesting points you make about Medicine today.   I agree. For simple test - one really does not need to actually see a Doctor, not to mention the major amount of time saved in actually going to the Doctor's office, waiting ...etc.

I have not been to a Doctor in a long time fortunately, but a former colleague of mine really liked his experience with Kasier's new tech platform. So when the time comes, I am sure I will be very surprised about the advances in healthcare from a tech perspective.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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3/20/2016 | 12:35:53 PM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
@jastroff @Susan   I didn't know of these apps, so thank you for bring them to our attention.  Diffently worth an install and a check out.
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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3/20/2016 | 7:10:17 AM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
Technorati, 

It's useful to see this kind of list, indeed. If you are not making the money listed for the position you are holding, maybe in a friendly manner you could send this story to your boss as something interesting to read to stay updated? :)

-Susan
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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3/20/2016 | 12:09:20 PM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
@Susan   That is a great idea!  Now I have to figure out how to pull it off.  : )   But there is another aspect I didn't mention - massive layoffs at my present locale.  

So talking about about "market value compensation" might not be the best topic to bring up right now.   But at least I can "plant the seeds" for when the robust times return.
Susan Fourtané
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3/22/2016 | 7:52:51 AM
Re: Tech Jobs and Pay: Encouraging News for Those In The Trenches
Technorati, yes, that is a problem. It doesn't sound like it's the right time to bring this up to your boss. You'll think of something. :) Since now it's spring, planting seeds sounds just right. -Susan
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Michelle,
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3/18/2016 | 5:31:40 PM
Yeah, not me
I don't have any of these titles - even apart from my day job. These lists are really interesting to read each year. They're going to be all about data for the foreseeable future, me thinks. 
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3/21/2016 | 12:53:08 PM
Very bad numbers for salaries
I have no idea where these number come from, maybe taking the lowest possible income for a given tittle?

These numbers need to be adjusted for todays pay rate, they are all about 35% too low.

A programmer in San Francisco is not going to get anytinbg less then $150K salary, a amanger is going to be in the $200K range.

I see this as another attempt to lower salaries in the industry!

 
David Wagner
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3/21/2016 | 1:09:24 PM
Re: Very bad numbers for salaries
@tomJ956- The numbers are self-reported. Remember that San Francisco salaries are higher because of the competition and expenses of living in SF. The median salaries are goign to be lower because there is data coming in from Iowa and North Dakota and other lower cost, lower competition areas.
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