Slideshow 25 best-paying jobs in the U.S.

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  • April 17 2017, 4:03pm EDT
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25 best-paying jobs in the U.S.

As salary continues to be a major driver in attraction and retention efforts for employers, keeping up to date with current market values is essential. Glassdoor, the jobs and salary website, released its third annual list of the best-paying jobs in the U.S., offering employers insight into present market values.

Tech jobs make up 11 of the professions on the list, more than any other industry, followed by the healthcare sector at six. “With nearly half the list comprised of jobs in the tech and healthcare industries, this report reinforces that higher salaries are found in America’s fastest job-creating sectors, which require higher education and in-demand skill sets,” says Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist. “However, while pay is one of the leading factors job seekers consider when determining where to work, our research shows that salary isn’t necessarily tied to long-term job satisfaction.”

The list was created based on salary reports shared by employees with Glassdoor over the past year.

25. Attorney

Median base salary: $94,695
Number of job openings (on Glassdoor): 1,010

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24. Nuclear engineer

Median base salary: $94,852
Number of job openings: 155

23. Financial planning & analysis manager

Median base salary: $94,862
Number of job openings: 501

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22. Scrum master (information process manager)

Median base salary: $95,167
Number of job openings: 2,072

21. Plant manager

Median base salary: $97,189
Number of job openings: 1,286

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20. Systems architect

Median base salary: $97,873
Number of job openings: 1,167

19. UX (user experience) manager

Median base salary: $98,353
Number of job openings: 263

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18. IT program manager

Median base salary: $98,883
Number of job openings: 250

17. Actuary

Median base salary: $99,507
Number of job openings: 463

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16. Data architect

Median base salary: $102,091
Number of job openings: 1,438

15. Solutions architect

Median base salary: $102,678
Number of job openings: 4,174

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14. Nurse practitioner

Median base salary: $104,144
Number of job openings: 12,566

13. Software architect

Median base salary: $104,754
Number of job openings: 1,147

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12. IT architect

Median base salary: $105,303
Number of job openings: 250

11. Software engineering manager

Median base salary: $109,350
Number of job openings: 1,011

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10. Corporate controller

Median base salary: $110,855
Number of job openings: 259

9. R&D manager

Median base salary: $111,905
Number of job openings: 185

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8. Applications development manager

Median base salary: $112,045
Number of job openings: 516

7. Physician assistant

Median base salary: $112,529
Number of job openings: 13,547

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6. Enterprise architect

Median base salary: $112,560
Number of job openings: 1,320

5. Pharmacist

Median base salary: $125,847
Number of job openings: 5,496

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4. Medical science liaison

Median base salary: $132,842
Number of job openings: 391

3. Patent attorney

Median base salary: $139,272
Number of job openings: 525

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2. Pharmacy manager

Median base salary: $149,064
Number of job openings: 2,370

1. Physician

Median base salary: $187,876
Number of job openings: 7,770