A New Report Reveals the Best Job in America Has a $110,000 Salary

Jobs come in all shapes and sizes. Great jobs that are still a secret. Jobs that are perfect for millennials. High-paying jobs that people don’t want. The jobs out there vary wildly, but the best jobs are always in demand.

If you’re looking for work in 2018, you’re in luck. A Glassdoor report reveals the best jobs in America, including the top job that has a median salary of $110,000 and several others that pay six figuresGlassdoor crunched the data to find the best jobs in America in 2018, and you could do worse than take the findings seriously: Glassdoor is the No. 2 most-visited jobs website in the U.S.

The report highlights the best jobs based on each job’s overall Glassdoor job score, which is centered around earning potential based on median annual base salary, job satisfaction rating, and the number of job openings. Without further ado, here are the best jobs in America for 2018.

15. Front-end engineer

a stock photo of people looking at a laptop

These professionals make your website look great. | Jacoblund/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median salary: $100,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.4

Front-end engineers are the people who make the websites you use functional and good-looking. With so many websites out there, this is a job in high demand. When Glassdoor compiled its list of the best jobs in America, there were 1,122 openings in this field.

Next: You’re always making deals doing this job.

14. Business development manager

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Business development managers are integral to growing businesses. | Robert Daly/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median salary: $75,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.4

In the world of business, a business development manager has one of the most important jobs: Identifying and seeking out new markets and partnerships so the business can grow. It’s a crucial job and also one of the best jobs out there. The pay is good, and Glassdoor has more than 4,000 job postings for BDMs.

Next: You’ll be putting out fires before they start.

13. Risk manager

businessman giving presentation

No risk-taking business makes a decision without a risk manager. | IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median salary: $97,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.4

Have you heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” That’s a risk manager’s job in a nutshell. Risk managers analyze potential risks and ways to mitigate them before they become huge problems. It may not sound thrilling, but it pays well, people like doing it (4.2 job satisfaction rating), and Glassdoor has more than 1,200 job listings in the field.

Next: A ton of responsibility comes with a nice paycheck.

12. Finance manager

Every business needs a good finance manager. | iStock

  • Median salary: $116,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.4

This career is as straightforward as the title suggests. Finance managers are in charge of all financials for an organization, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means directing investment, writing reports, and planning strategies for long-term financial gain. With all the responsibility comes a nice salary, plus close to 3,000 job openings on Glassdoor.

Next: A traffic cop, in the white-collar sense.

11. Compliance manager

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Compliance managers make sure everyone | iStock/Getty Images

  • Median salary: $96,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.2

Did Joe in the mailroom accept a gift from a client? Did it break the company rules? As compliance manager, you probably need to have a talk with Joe and remind him what the rules are. That’s part of what compliance managers do. They also make sure their organizations follow government regulations. Basically, you need to know the industry regulations and the company policies backward and forward. People in the field love it (4.3 Glassdoor satisfaction rating) and Glassdoor has 1,222 openings, making it one of the best jobs in America.

Next: Do you work efficiently? Then this job could be for you.

10. Manufacturing engineer

manager in a warehouse

Manufacturing engineers are great problem solvers. | iStock

  • Median salary: $72,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.4

If you’re great at finding efficiencies, are a problem solver, and have an engineering background, this could be the job for you. Manufacturing engineers streamline the production process in order to meet quotas and goals. It can be a high-pressure gig, but it’s one of the best jobs out there and Glassdoor has more than 4,200 listings on its website.

Next: Bring your own hats

9. Product manager

Business team look to manager at meeting in open plan

Product managers are jacks of all trades. | iStock.com/monkeybusinessimages

  • Median salary: $113,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.4

It’s not so much what product managers do, but what they don’t do. Product managers conceive, brainstorm, direct, and deliver the products their company creates. In short, they wear a lot of hats. They are jacks of all trades who need to know nearly everything about every step of the production process. It can be high-stress, but with more than 7,500 Glassdoor listings and a six-figure median salary, it’s one of the best jobs in America.

Next: A job where you impact lives every day

8. Mobile developer

Young chinese businessman doing video conference call on smartphone

Like that app? That’s the work of a mobile developer. | iStock.com/diego_cervo

  • Median salary: $90,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.5

Any time you turn on your smartphone and open an app, you are looking at the work of a mobile developer. Just think about how many apps you use each day and you get a sense of how integral mobile developers are to everyday life. There is no shortage of jobs (1,809 listings on Glassdoor) and it’s a career people love (4.1 job satisfaction rating), which is why it’s one of the best jobs in America.

Next: Finding the best way forward

7. Strategy manager

Strategy managers help steer companies. | Antonio Guillem/iStock/ Getty Images Plus

  • Median salary: $135,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.5

You won’t find a job with much more responsibility than a strategy manager. They look at long-term goals for an organization and map out ways to reach those goals. It’s not easy to become a strategy manager, but the effort is worth it. The salary, 4.2 Glassdoor satisfaction ranking, and nearly 1,200 listings make it one of the best jobs you can have.

Next: One of the best jobs is also one of the most important jobs.

6. Electrical engineer

Electrical engineers make sure cutting-edge tech is ready before it’s launched. | AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

  • Median salary: $76,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.2

This is one of the best jobs in American and one of the most important. Electrical engineers are responsible for designing and developing the electric gadgets you use every day. They make sure those gadgets work correctly, and if they don’t they come up with solutions.

Next: Michael Scott had it all wrong.

5. Human resources manager

HR managers find the right employees for a company. | Martin Barraud/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median salary: $85,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.5

On the TV show The Office, beloved character Michael Scott always criticizes human resources manager Toby Flenderson for making the office less fun. It made for funny TV, but in reality, HR managers are key cogs in the office. They direct recruiting and hiring and are liaisons between upper management and lower-level employees. Every company needs HR representatives — Glassdoor has more than 4,000 listings — so HR is important, in demand, and one of the best jobs you can have.

Next: Hands-on help

4. Occupational therapist

Physical therapist

Occupational therapists tend to love their work. | iStock/Getty Images

  • Median salary: $74,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.5

Jobs in health care are always in demand. With more than 11,000 listings on Glassdoor, occupational therapist definitely qualifies as in demand. You get hands-on and help injured, ill, or disabled patients develop, recover, improve, and maintain the skills they need every day. The pay is good and the job is satisfying (4.0 rating on Glassdoor), making occupational therapist one of the best jobs in America.

Next: Spread the word

3. Marketing manager

A man speaks at a conference

Marketing managers frame the way a product is presented to the pubic. | kasto80/iStock/Getty Images Plus

  • Median salary: $85,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.6

Marketing managers take the messages and the products a company creates to the public. They are basically in charge of drumming up public interest, but they do it creatively. If you have project management and creative skills, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding work as a marketing manager: Glassdoor has nearly 6,500 listings for this kind of job.

Next: Of the tech jobs on our list, this is the best one.

2. Devops engineer

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Devops engineers usually have a lot on their plate. | Adam Berry/Getty Images.

  • Median salary: $105,000
  • Glassdoor job score:  4.6

If you’re good with behind-the-curtain coding and other tech skills, you might have what it take to work in devops. In simple terms, a devops engineer builds, maintains, and troubleshoots an organization’s multiple tech platforms. Devops is the most difficult tech job to fill, which is one reason why Glassdoor has more than 3,300 devops job listings.

Next: If you can read between the lines and interpret the information, you’re a candidate for the best job in America.

1. Data scientist

Man looking at futuritic display

Data scientists are in high demand. | NicoElNino/iStock/Getty Images

  • Median salary: $110,000
  • Glassdoor job score: 4.8

Every company in America accumulates data in one form or another. If you can read between the lines and find the relevant data, then you’re an ideal data scientist. Glassdoor has more than 4,500 data scientist listings, which is just one reason it’s been one of the best jobs in American for years. “Data scientist has ruled as one of the hottest jobs for years, proven by its third consecutive No. 1 ranking,” Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain says. “Not only are tech companies scrambling to hire data scientists, but industries across the board are also searching for this talent.”

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