11 Surprising Jobs That Earn Six-Figure Salaries
And how to get hired.
When searching for a job, salary is an obvious factor—you want to do something you’ll love, but you want to make a good living doing it. If you don’t have the post-graduate training to be in the medical or law fields, you might think your options are limited. Not so says a new survey from Glassdoor—in fact, they've identified almost a dozen unexpected jobs that pay at least $100K to employees.
Glassdoor’s job site network lets employees anonymously share salary reports and other compensation details. They surveyed their network (of more than 10 million jobs) to come up with 11 high-paying gigs, and how to get hired in the various industries. Keep in mind, the total pay is a combination of base salary, commissions, tips, and bonuses. Below, the top five jobs are listed with their total median pay, in no particular order. For the full list, and job openings, visit Glassdoor.
1. Special Agent: $125,000
Hiring tip: “Qualifying candidates usually have a law enforcement background or military experience plus a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.”
2. Airplane Pilot: $134,000
Hiring tip: “Major airlines often prefer candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in aviation, physics, or related fields, or those who have served in the military.”
3. Regional Sales Executive: $103,000
Hiring tip: “Successful regional sales executives need to be well-versed in their company’s product lines and acutely aware of their customers’ needs.”
4. Nurse Practitioner: $101,600
Hiring tip: “Nurse practitioners (NPs) have at least a master’s degree in nursing. Individual states may require additional certifications.”
5. Reservoir Engineer: $143,000 Hiring tip: “In order to fill this role, professionals need a degree in chemical engineering plus experience in a field that is highly technical and nuanced.”