Here Are The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs In America

Tyler Durden's picture

While being  a "Scrum Master" doesn't sound all that glamorous, according to a new study from Glassdoor it's in high demand and pays really well.  So what exactly does a Scrum Master do, you may ask?  Well, we actually had no idea either so we tracked down the following very helpful description from Scrum Hub:

We know the Scrum Master is a crucial player on new Scrum teams, but what exactly does he or she do all day?


For starters, we know the Scrum Master doesn’t plan the release, because that’s done by the product owner and the team. We know he doesn’t manage the developers because the Scrum team is self-organizing; and we know he’s not even the guy who’s accountable if the end result sucks (that’s the product owner too).

So basically, a Scrum Master has the same job as Tom from Office Space...which is a pretty sweet gig.


Meanwhile, in addition to the highly sought after Scrum Master seat, the tech industry held 10 of the other 25 highest paying jobs appearing on Glassdoor's third annual salary study. 

Yet while jobs from the tech industry dominated the list, not one tech job ended up in the top five which was instead dominated by healthcare positions.

For the third year in a row, "physician" took the top slot, with a median base salary of $187,876. Pharmacy managers ($149,064) and pharmacists ($125,847) popped up at No. 2 and No. 5. "Medical science
liaisons" ($132,842) - specialists who work for pharmaceutical or biotech companies to establish relationships with medical experts - came in at No. 4. Patent attorneys rounded out the top five, at No. 3.

Other health-care jobs that were new to the list this year include nurse practitioner (No. 14, $104,144) and physician assistant (No. 7, $112,529, which also showed up in 2015).

"High pay continues to be tied to demand skills, higher education and working in jobs that are protected from competition or automation," Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain said in an emailed statement. "That is why we see several jobs within the technology and health-care industries."



And while "Nuclear Engineers" may applaud themselves on all that schooling, they may want to review some basic ROIC calcs because we're not sure they're earning an adequate return on all that education.  That said, Silicon Valley is totally feening for Scrum Masters which require absolutely no skills at all.

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The Dreadnought's picture

So we have that going for us, which is nice.

Jim Sampson's picture

I hear cum dumpsters do alright.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Chart is incorrect. 

My first year out of school I beat top by almost $100k. 

No prostitution involved.  

NidStyles's picture

This is just to keep people thinking that $100K is still healthy salary, rather than just the new $45K

American Psycho's picture

You must have subscribed to MDB work-from-home program.


Erek's picture

Where is that silly troll who makes all that money from his mom's basement?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Where is the guy making $7k a week trolling ZH? EDIT: hat tip to Slingsby.

TeamDepends's picture

Huh, figured Democrat Fluffer would have made the list.

eatthebanksters's picture

Isn't MDB the troll who makes $7,000 from his mom's basement?

Shocker's picture

We have to do better than just Managers and Health care. These are good jobs but we need to start producing something again.

Companies Hiring -


HowdyDoody's picture

Hmm, there is no sign of pizza delivery boy on the chart. Off the radar, just like the Rothschilds.

Joe Davola's picture

Scrum Master - they just cleared that level out at my company.

I'm sure there will be some new programming paradigm with a euphemistic term for middle managers that will pop up to replace it.

Oh yeah, fuck agile!

FreddieX's picture

Very true.

Good old SDLC

The control freaks think they have it all figured out:

E.g.: trading app

The old timers know all the quirks and hire a bunch of contractors ( proles ) on limited term contracts ( i.e. max X months ). Excuse: IRS regs.

Tracking tickets are created for bugs and are assigned to the proles.

The scrum masters whip the proles about ticket completion.

The proles make changes and check into version control.

The old timers review and green light the changes. ( KEY STEP )

Changes are committed to a production release and rolled out.

What could go wrong ?

Old timers get complacent 'cause the proles cannot compete for their jobs.

Proles have Zero ownership of a project ( this is deliberate to prevent 'key man risk' ) ,

are given piecemeal work ( i.e. fix X, then Y, research why Z happened ) - ( all the work that the old timers disdain ) and whipped to perform: stressful and demoralizing.

some old timers deliberately hide key information from proles: makes the job easier.

the review process is superficial and bugs go out the door.

Which leads to extremely difficult to maintain code since many hands have touched it and it is very inconsistent.

End result - Knight Securities.

And those "expensive contractors" ? Tata Consulting Services - TCS - is everywhere NY, Mexico, Shanghai and of course India - The hire the contractors cheaply and bill them out very dearly.

And H1B's ? High class slavery: no job, no sponsor, no residency. No better than slave labor in the Middle East sheikdoms where they confiscate your passport on arrival.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Why the Republicans Are Wrong About the US Economy

The Republican solution is to give more tax breaks and other advantages to the rich and to corporations because they are the job creators. Really?

Keynesian approach and do deficit spending to improve the economy. However, deficits do matter and here’s why. (Usury Usury, usury) Interest on the national debt and that is a growing part of the budget. Interest on the debt In 2011 Federal, state and local governments spent $454,393,280,417.03 on interest.

The Republican emphasis on cutting spending, especially spending on social programs, would lead to austerity and that would contract the economy even more. So that isn’t the solution.

Government spending can increase without incurring greater deficits by increasing government revenues.

Republicans favor just giving government money to private corporations and having them do the job. Their policy is to let the government just be a money conduit from taxpayers to corporations. Alternatively, government can spend money directly on jobs programs like rebuilding infrastructure. If you want to create jobs, why not just create jobs directly instead of trying to get the private sector to create jobs.

Beware of the public/private partnership which is just another variation of the privatization of functions which the government can do more efficiently. We don’t want to replace the military-industrial complex with an infrastructure-industrial complex replete with lobbyists, cost plus contracts and highly paid CEOs. There’s no need for Wall Street to get involved.

Well, where is the money going to come from?

End Offshore Tax Havens. One out of four profitable corporations pays nothing in taxes. Tax rates on profits are the lowest since 1972. Last year Facebook paid nothing despite having a billion dollars in profits. Government revenue as a percentage of GDP is lower than at any time in history. Corporate contributions to tax revenue are the lowest of any major country on earth. It is absurd for major corporations to stash huge amounts of money in countries like the Cayman Islands which have a zero tax rate.

Corporate Tax Fairness Act. The bill will raise $590 billion over the next decade. The bill will also stop giving tax breaks to corporations for shipping jobs overseas. Their bill would prevent oil companies from disguising royalty payments to foreign countries as taxes in order to reduce their taxes in the US among other things. And it has a snowball’s chance in hell of passing.

financial transaction tax would bring in as much as $100 billion annually. We used to have one; Europe just recently enacted one. Let’s end the “carried interest” loophole for hedge and private equity funds. Wall Street needs to start paying its fair share. Corporations have been getting away with murder in not paying their fair share of taxes.

“In 2010, Bank of America set up more than 200 subsidiaries in the Cayman Islands (which has a corporate tax rate of 0.0 percent) to avoid paying U.S. taxes. It worked. Not only did Bank of America pay nothing in federal income taxes, but it received a rebate from the IRS worth $1.9 billion that year. They are not alone. In 2010, JP Morgan Chase operated 83 subsidiaries incorporated in offshore tax havens to avoid paying some $4.9 billion in U.S. taxes. That same year Goldman Sachs operated 39 subsidiaries in offshore tax havens to avoid an estimated $3.3 billion in U.S. taxes. Citigroup has paid no federal income taxes for the last four years after receiving a total of $2.5 trillion in financial assistance from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis.”

The sad fact is that the private sector is not in the process of creating jobs but of destroying jobs through automation and robotics. Some say that this creates jobs for “knowledge workers.” Companies like Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook are not looking for the average college graduate. They’re looking for the upper 1% of college graduates. Together they employ less than 200,000 people in the US. The top talent in every field are making good money. Everyone else is going downhill if they’re employed at all. 50% of college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed in terms of their qualifications. In the 2009-2010 recovery, 93% of the gains in income went to the top 1%.

Why should the private sector create jobs if they can get a robot to do the work 24 hours a day at a cost of less than $5.00 an hour? If the private sector will not create jobs, that leaves the government to create jobs directly. Chrystia Freeman in her book Plutocracy explains this phenomenon which results in the divergence of jobs and income, creating a well to do upper 1% class and everybody else:

We are seeing the effects of a meritocracy where the top 1% of talent merges with the top 1% in terms of income and wealth. This is great for the top 1% of graduates from elite colleges but not so much for the average graduates of average colleges with $100,000. in student loan debt and a job at Starbucks instead of a career type job in their field. In every field the chasm between the superstars and everyone else is getting bigger and bigger. Inequality increases with the acceleration of meritocracy. Meritocracy and plutocracy converge creating a democratic dystopia.

That’s why the government has to step in to regulate this runaway dystopia. Taxes on corporations and the rich need to be increased in order to tamp down inequality. This revenue needs to be redistributed to the former middle class in terms of job programs.

The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that there is $2 trillion worth of work that needs to be done just to bring roads, bridges and other basic infrastructure up to par. But there is more to infrastructure than just that. High speed rail needs to be implemented. Housing needs to be moved back from the shorelines.

There is no lack of work that needs to be done, and this is work the private sector not only won’t do but in many cases it is work that the private sector is lobbying against doing. They profit from using the atmosphere as a dump. It’s crucial that the government prevent runaway wealth maldistribution, create jobs that the private sector has no incentive to create and save the planet from ecological disaster. 


John Lawrence


drstrangelove73's picture

Good thing ignorance doesn't stop you or you would have quit after the first line.Keynesianism fails every time it's tried.I was alive and an adult entering the workforce when Reagan was elected and the tax cuts hit.It was like someone turned a light on.Growth out the wazoo-unprecedented since WW II and continued unabated until Barry Obama and his merry Marxist men.As a kid,I wondered,how,in this country,we could have had a Great Depression.Then,I got the chance,unfortunately to watch Barry at work.What a putz.Thank God he's gone.Now if we can just dynamite these deep state bastards out of their holes and kill them off one at a time,maybe my children and grandchildren will have prayer at having what I've had.Okay,flame away...

any_mouse's picture

Keynes was a sex pervert and satanist. Partied hard with Aleister Crowley. Anyone who takes advice from such a piece of scum deserves personally what they get. The Public at large not so much.

That aside.

Reagan created a massive military machine that passed funds from the FED to the MIC, leaving the US People with debt. This would be the equivalent of the bailout for the Financiers after the GFC. Reagan also oversaw the expansion of the resulting credit bubble.

It was like drug induced feeling. Great while the high lasts. Hurts like hell with the inevitable crash to the deeper lows.

I felt great under Reagan. Now I see things much differently.

Carter. There is a President who was thrown under the bus by the CIA and the deep state. The OPEC crisis was not his doing. Iran - blame the Dulles Bros., Ike, and the CIA. He was not a sexual pervert who hated the USA. He did not want to go on a regime changing rampage. Is there a Carter Global Initiative? He is a guy who monitors elections to promote democracy over dictators and builds houses for charity with his own sweat. The polar opposite of the usual sociopaths of USA politics. It did not matter what he wanted to do or what he actually did, the CIA led an assault on Carter, just as the CIA assassinated JFK, and Watergated Nixon. Ending in the Inaugration Day release of the hostages. Manufactured reality.

Everything you think is true, is a lie.

Dancing Disraeli's picture

Bunkum.  Carter was a trilateral commision/CFR douche.  Hunter S Thompson said Carter was one of the three meanest men he ever met.  Said he'd cut your legs off to carry North Dakota..  Oh, and everything sucked during his tenure.  I was there.


xythras's picture

Wonder how much the DHS Border Agency "Tunnel Rat" job pays.

Border Patrol “Tunnel Rats” Plug Underground Smuggling Passages



That's one of the most patriotic jobs out there.



Lorca's Novena's picture

"Keynes was a sex pervert"


Well, I guess thats better than a currency pervert...


*Nice post btw

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"Everything you think is true, is a lie."

Indeed it is.  Try King's book, "I Dont Like Ike" for some revelatioins about THAT POS.  An absolutely vile human being, with a mediocre intellect who made permanent the welfare/warfare state begun by Rosenfeld in the 1930s.  

Escrava Isaura's picture

I wouldn’t mention Carter here. The favorite here, because of the propaganda to misinform is the neocon Kennedy, go figure, right?

Your post has some merit, because Carter wasn’t hawkish enough by the MIC standards. Reagan, on the other hand, had no fuken clue so, he was perfect.

Carter is also a war criminal, but that is not well known by the public, which doesn’t’ tell us much, because the general public is clueless for the most part.“#t=3m46s



DanDaley's picture

Your stupid fucking Keynesian multiplier effect doesn't work for shit. For every dollat Keynesians spend they get back WAY less than a dollar in growth. Nothing personal, you understand, it's just an idea that is clearly FUBAR!

Escrava Isaura's picture

Multiplier effect doesn't work, and can never work, because we live in a finite planet. Also, that you forgot to tell the reader is that, Keynes favored barter for international trade and not money. 


FreedomGuy's picture

So $5 trillion in tax revenues just isn't enough for the poor government? Speaking of poor, almost half the population pays no taxes so it is hard to give them a tax cut.

Escrava Isaura's picture

So, your post tell us that you don’t know US history very well. No amount of money is enough in America, ever. Remember Trump Slogan: Make America Great Again.

But what Trump forgot to tell you that the reason US run out of gold in 1971, it was because the US was living beyond its means in the 60’s by building its suburbs and middleclass.

Also, that the US run its economy as a war-economy, meaning,  a system of producing, mobilizing, and allocating resources to sustain the violence, not that I need to remind these to any hedger.  


jerry_theking_lawler's picture

SDLC, waterfall, lead corporations down a path of zero risk....but higher costs and projects that didn't solve the problems. Scrums are way to pinpoint the activity and develop projects that meet objectives quckly. It is actually project management 101. The less 'risk' a company wants to take and the bigger a project is, the higher costs and less features. If you break it down into smaller task with slightly higher risk...then you get lower costs. But corps are just searching for the newest research some guys developed scrum and others develop RAD, Xtreme, etc....its all really the same. Smaller project groups, less documentation more risk but more defined problems to solve. Anways, corps will pay for this feature until the market is saturated...then they will get H1B's to do the work.


Now, therein lies another problem. I was on a project that had multiple dozens of H1Bs and they had good day rates....but it took at least 3 maybe 4+ to do the work of one good western programmer. But corps will never learn their lessons so it is a good place for a risk consultant/cleanup man to make some money. 

FreddieX's picture

A couple of observations:

Based on my previous comment, scrum masters are important in whipping the proles ( aka contingents )

SDLC is good, code should be peer reviewed, however this "technology" is being used in an attempt to make application development "assembly line work". This is foolish, assembly line work has a far less scope for discretion than coding. All the intelligence was built into setting up the 'line'.

And again, the scenario I described is fine at the beginning, however when the application is years down the road in 'maintenance mode' and the company has cycled through lots of contingents, then it becomes a difficult to maintain mess.

'Agile' may be sold to clueless management as reducing risk, but it is abused by old timers to entrench their position. The same with outsourcing - the sell: reduce expense - the downside: indifferent work product.

DisorderlyConduct's picture

Funny - in our company Scrum Masters are drafted from the team and get nothing. We rotate the role every few iterations. It is not a job.

Anyone with a JOB of Scrum Master is a scam artist, playing upper management for fools. Pity upper managers that get their Agile notions from a book...

Jubal Early's picture

It is perfect job for a feminazi, and that is why HR loves to promote and then to these positions with glass ceiling breaking pay levels filled with female or gay affirmative action hires of color.  They are more akin to political kommisars than software developers.  Meanwhile cost savings have to be produced by offshoring our outsourcing of the real development in order to pay for the this new layer of globalist PC nomenklatura.

Murderface's picture

You know what we called Agile back in the day?
Retards who couldn't get the functionality correct first time around.
We use to fire them and tell them to go do Lotus Notes or some other bullshit, lightweight fake development.

freedogger's picture

Scrum master is typically just a regular programmer that manages the 15 minute meeting every day. After that they go back to work. 

OverTheHedge's picture

I freely admit to never having heard of it before, so I looked it up, and found this:

It seems that Tyler is absolutely right - they have no responsibility for anything, and it would appear that their biggest role is in telling the people who ARE responsible that they are doing a great job, and "go get'em, champ", and other such nonsense.

Would this come under the heading of "mal-investment"?

One day, real people are going to have to go back to doing real jobs. It's going to be quite a shock to some of them.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) HowdyDoody Mar 9, 2017 3:24 PM

Hillary's speeches?

Occident Mortal's picture

This list is bullshit.

Where are the bankers, brokers, dentists?

Where did the drilling engineers go? Granted there is fewer of them nowadays, but those in work are all taking home $200k minimum.

Do nurses really make $110,000 in USA? WTAF? Why aren't all our nurses heading out there?

Frito's picture

Where are Lobyists?


Not sure what miners get paid in the US, but where I am, they would be at least half way up this list.

57-71's picture

Where I am a shovel operator or a heavy equipment technician makes north of 200k all in.

A maintenance supervisor is 225k.

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Last plumber I hired (a few years ago) billed out at $175/hr and his journeyman billed at $75.  Granted, the senior plumber was licensed to do gas fitting as well (oxygen lines at hospitals and such).  Still, in a standard 2,000 hour work year, that equates to $350K and $150K respectively.  If your goal is to make coin AND run your own life, a college degree is NOT where it's at. 

Abbie Normal's picture

Nurse Practitioners aren't just nurses.  They're closer to primary care physicians (and physician assistants) in skill levels, and some even operate clinics of their own.

drstrangelove73's picture

Sorry,not true-I employ 3-they have a shocking lack of understanding of medicine and operate using carefully designed protocols and close supervision otherwise it can be a disaster-and I have seen some real disasters, believe me.Many of them think they know and understand much more than they do...

CNONC's picture

A "shocking lack of understanding of medicine"?   You mean like drug dealers? (Oops, sorry. I mean MDs)

drstrangelove73's picture

Dentists are a glaring omission but nurse practitioners make North of $100k everywhere

observer2017's picture

It might be because dentists have the highest rate of suicide compared to all other professions.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Occident Mortal Mar 9, 2017 7:48 PM

Drilling engineer = Bill Clinton?

hardmedicine's picture



not "nurse" as in REGISTERED NURSE OR R.N.


A "nurse practitioner" is a person trained to take a lot of the M.D.'s work load while he does the heavy diagnostic and surgery types of appointments.  The N.P.  or nurse practitioner writes prescriptions and dose a lot of paperwork..... sees lots of patients for bullshit like sore throats, contusions, lacerations, vomiting, dehydration etc. etc. 


jerry_theking_lawler's picture

Unfair comparison....comprares 2 year degrees (RN only, no BSRN), 4 year degrees like Nuke engineer, and 18+ year degrees like, I agree, the nursing stats seem high. 

FreedomGuy's picture

Lots of missing professions. How about professional sports?

AKB0048Fan's picture

CNC machinist, tool and die, aerospace, etc