The 50 Best Jobs in 2017 All Pay Over $50,000

$100 bills

Lots of money | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The job market continues to improve — as long as you have a well-paying job. America’s labor force is technically more than seven years removed from the Great Recession. Unemployment is near its lowest level in a decade. The national quit rate, which measures the percentage of workers who voluntarily jump ship, has been holding steady around 2%, its best level since 2008. Yet millions of Americans are uncertain about their careers.

Finding a new job is a popular goal when the calendar changes. Nearly one-quarter of workers are hoping to find a job in the next 12 months, while 34% of workers say they regularly keep an eye out for new opportunities. This is not too surprising given the state of paychecks. In 2016, the average hourly earnings only rose 2.5%, according to the latest employment summary report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Furthermore, more people are realizing that job hoping is one of the best ways to get a pay raise above 3%.

Whether you’re searching for a job in your current industry or trying to decide what career path you want to take, researching your possibilities can help you decide what job you ultimately pursue. Research from Glassdoor analyzes the best jobs in America in 2017, determined by weighing three factors equally: earnings potential (median annual base salary), job satisfaction rating, and number of job openings. Most, if not all of these jobs, should continue to find themselves among the best jobs for years to come.

Let’s take a look at the 50 best jobs, which all rate highly in all three categories and pay over $50,000. In many cases, these jobs pay six figures. In fact, the No. 1 best job has held the top spot for two consecutive years and pays $110,000.

50. Construction Project Manager

construction worker checking location

Construction Project Manager checking location | iStock.com/shih-wei

  • Job Score: 4.0
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,944
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000

49. Physical Therapist

  • Job Score: 4.0
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 24,579
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000

48. Dental Hygienist

  • Job Score: 4.0
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,050
  • Median Base Salary: $66,000

47. Business Intelligence Developer

  • Job Score: 4.0
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 837
  • Median Base Salary: $83,000

46. National Sales Manager

  • Job Score: 4.0
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 937
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000

45. Supplier Quality Engineer

manager in a warehouse

Supply Manager | iStock.com

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 862
  • Median Base Salary: $80,150

44. Pharmacy Manager

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,652
  • Median Base Salary: $130,000

43. UI Designer

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 950
  • Median Base Salary: $80,000

42. Business Operations Manager

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,009
  • Median Base Salary: $93,000

41. Security Analyst

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,464
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000

40. Manufacturing Engineer

Pre-production of the new Volvo S90 in the Daqing plant | Volvo

Pre-production of the new Volvo S90 in the Daqing plant | Volvo

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,504
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000

39. Information Security Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,247
  • Median Base Salary: $100,000

38. Accounting Manager

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,392
  • Median Base Salary: $82,000

37. Research Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,006
  • Median Base Salary: $92,850

36. Civil Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,004
  • Median Base Salary: $65,200

35. Compensation Analyst

Joker-Burning

The Joker giving a pay cut | Warner Bros. Pictures

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,219
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000

34. Physician

  • Job Score: 4.1
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,610
  • Median Base Salary: $200,000

33. Professor

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,955
  • Median Base Salary: $70,000

32. Product Manager

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,536
  • Median Base Salary: $107,000

31. Intelligence Analyst

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,605
  • Median Base Salary: $62,400

30. Hardware Engineer

Technician engineer checking wires

Hardware engineer | iStock.com

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 954
  • Median Base Salary: $108,000

29. Technical Account Manager

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,968
  • Median Base Salary: $66,000

28. Executive Assistant

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,946
  • Median Base Salary: $56,000

27. Systems Administrator

  • Job Score: 4.2
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,046
  • Median Base Salary: $68,000

26. Mobile Developer

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,130
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000

25. Compliance Manager

Toby Flenderson

Toby lecturing The Office again | NBC

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,104
  • Median Base Salary: $100,000

24. Nurse Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 6,710
  • Median Base Salary: $77,000

23. Controls Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,756
  • Median Base Salary: $75,400

22. QA Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,531
  • Median Base Salary: $92,000

21. Communications Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,332
  • Median Base Salary: $82,000

20. Mechanical Engineer

Tesla factory, Freemont, CA | Tesla

Tesla factory, Freemont, CA | Tesla

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,383
  • Median Base Salary: $76,000

19. Finance Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.6
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,142
  • Median Base Salary: $116,000

18. Supply Chain Manager

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.9
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,270
  • Median Base Salary: $100,000

17. Corporate Recruiter

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,858
  • Median Base Salary: $60,000

16. Software Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 17,085
  • Median Base Salary: $101,000

15. Nurse Practitioner

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Nurse taking blood pressure | iStock.com

  • Job Score: 4.3
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.5
  • Number of Job Openings: 15,634
  • Median Base Salary: $100,000

14. Electrical Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,643
  • Median Base Salary: $78,000

13. Audit Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,887
  • Median Base Salary: $98,000

12. Occupational Therapist

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 14,897
  • Median Base Salary: $72,000

11. Marketing Manager

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,875
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000

10. Solutions Architect

Consultant is explaining solutions

Consultant is explaining solutions | iStock.com/BernardaSv

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.7
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,232
  • Median Base Salary: $125,000

9. UX Designer

  • Job Score: 4.4
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,691
  • Median Base Salary: $92,500

8. Strategy Manager

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,184
  • Median Base Salary: $130,000

7. Database Administrator

  • Job Score: 4.5
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,877
  • Median Base Salary: $93,000

6. HR Manager

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 3.8
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,339
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000

5. Analytics Manager

work, office setting

Manager at work | iStock.com

  • Job Score: 4.6
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.1
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,958
  • Median Base Salary: $112,000

4. Tax Manager

  • Job Score: 4.7
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.0
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,317
  • Median Base Salary: $110,000

3. Data Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.7
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.3
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,599
  • Median Base Salary: $106,000

2. DevOps Engineer

  • Job Score: 4.7
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.2
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,725
  • Median Base Salary: $110,000

1. Data Scientist

  • Job Score: 4.8
  • Job Satisfaction Rating: 4.4
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,184
  • Median Base Salary: $110,000

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