Highest Paying Jobs

Here are some jobs that pay $100K+ and require only a bachelor’s degree.


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The highest paying jobs in every state.

Isabella Jaramillo, Staff Writer

High school students may be beginning to think about what career path they would want to take in the near future as college approaches. To influence their decisions, here are some jobs where an undergraduate degree can really pay off.

  • Software applications developer :$100,080. Software applications developers develop, create, and modify general computer applications software or specialized utility programs.
  • Actuary: $100,610. They use advanced statistics and modeling software to forecast the cost and probability of an event.
  • Computer network architects: $101,210. Their job is to plan and lay out the internal computer networks used by workers in an organization.
  • Nuclear engineer: $102,220. These engineers research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation.
  • Training and development manager: $105,830. These managers plan, direct, and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.
  • Human resources managers: $106,910. Human resources managers oversee the administrative functions of a business. Among other duties, they often help manage a company’s recruitment, interview and hiring processes.
  • Aerospace engineers: $109,650. Design aircraft and propulsion systems and study the aerodynamic performance of aircraft.
  • Compensation and benefits managers: $116,240. Their job is to develop an organization’s salary and benefits structures.
  • Sales managers: $117,960. They direct the distribution of a company’s products to its customers. This can involve assigning sales territories, setting sales goals and creating training programs for sales representatives, among other responsibilities.
  • Airline pilot, copilot, or flight engineer: $127,840. Pilots are responsible for flying and navigating airplanes, helicopters and other aircraft.
  • Financial managers: $134,180. Their job is to plan for and oversee investments and long-term financial goals for their organizations. They often work for banks, investment firms and insurance companies, among other institutions.
  • Petroleum engineers: $137,330. They design and develop methods to extract oil and gas from underground. These jobs may require office work as well as being on site at extraction points.
  • Natural sciences managers: $137,940. Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists such as chemists, physicists and biologists, spending time in both the office and laboratories.
  • Advertising, promotions and marketing managers: $141,490. Their work includes working to boost interest in a product or service by developing effective ad campaigns.
  • Architectural and engineering managers: $149,530. These managers oversee plans and activities in architectural and engineering companies.
  • Computer and information systems managers: $151,150. These managers are responsible for planning, coordinating and directing all things related to computers within their organizations.
  • Chief executives: $181,210. With 58,400 projected job openings through 2024, A chief exeutive plans, directs, or coordinates operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.