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These are the highest paying entry-level jobs, according to Glassdoor

libadmin May 16, 2019
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The tech and finance sectors dominate Glassdoor’s ranking of top-paying jobs for entry-level workers, a new analysis shows. Leading the way are data scientists, who command a median base pay of $95,000 a year. (David T. Foster III/AP)
May 16 at 11:25 AM

A decade after the Great Recession, when new college grads walked into an abysmal job market with long-lasting effects, the Class of 2019 is joining the workforce during an economic upswing, complete with historically low unemployment and rising wages.

For technically minded graduates, the prospects are even brighter, according to a ranking of the highest-paying entry-level jobs compiled by Glassdoor. In fact, any one of the 25 occupations listed can expect to outpace the U.S. median of $52,807, the salary and career website found.

Tech roles dominated the Top 25 list, according to the analysis, thanks in part to the value businesses place on STEM-related skills and education, and the immense influence of advanced technology and engineering in corporate America.

Top-paying entry-level jobs of 2019

Rank Job Title Median Starting Salary
1 Data Scientist $95,000
2 Software Engineer $90,000
3 Product Manager $89,000
4 Investment Banking Analyst $85,000
5 Product Designer $85,000
6 UX Designer $73,000
7 Implementation Consultant $72,000
8 Java Developer $72,000
9 Systems Engineer $70,000
10 Software Developer $68,600
11 Process Engineer $68,258
12 Front End Developer $67,500
13 Product Engineer $66,750
14 Actuarial Analyst $66,250
15 Electrical Engineer $66,000
16 Mechanical Engineer $65,000
17 Design Engineer $65,000
18 Applications Developer $65,000
19 Test Engineer $65,000
20 Programmer Analyst $65,000
21 Quality Engineer $64,750
22 Physical Therapist $63,918
23 Field Engineer $63,750
24 Project Engineer $63,000
25 Business Analyst $63,000

Source: Glassdoor Economic Research

“This list can serve as a menu of aspirational jobs to potentially work toward, especially as the majority of these entry-level jobs are in the STEM field and require strong technical skills,” said Amanda Stansell, senior research analyst at Glassdoor. Though pay is a key consideration, she said, long-term job satisfaction is defined by other factors, such as “culture and values, career opportunities and trust in senior leadership.”

Case in point: The top-paying entry level position, data scientist, also scores high in overall job satisfaction and the number of available positions. For those reasons, it has been Glassdoor’s best all-around job in a separate ranking for four consecutive years.

College graduates are entering a hot job market. Wages grew 3.4 percent in the past year, the government reported in March, the biggest increase since the Great Recession. Earlier this month, the U.S. Labor Department said unemployment fell to 3.6 percent, the lowest level since 1969. Businesses are struggling to fill their openings, giving workers leverage to demand higher pay and seek better paying jobs.

Unlike a decade ago, when many a job hunter was desperate for a call back, it’s now new workers who are “ghosting” their jobs. Many employers also are lowering their job requirements to snap up candidates quickly and edge out the competition.

To come up with its list, which was compiled using 2018 data, Glassdoor ranked the highest median annual salaries reported on its website by U.S.-based employees aged 25 or younger. It only considered jobs that had received at least 25 salary reports.

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