Not everyone subscribes to the LinkedIn blog—but those who do are certainly ahead of the curve when it comes to receiving important updates from their team, including a new functionality on LinkedIn you may have not known existed.

If you are not signed up (or you ignore LinkedIn emails), you likely missed an important post on their blog earlier this month. The post was titled “The Highest Paying Jobs in America Based On LinkedIn Salary Data,” and can be viewed in full here.

As you may have guessed, the data is from LinkedIn—but what you likely did not know is they have a whole Salary section on their website now. As someone in tune to the career world, their Salary section is relatively new to me, so I decided to explore.

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When you first go to the page, you are prompted to enter a job title and location to find out how much you can expect to earn. On the next page, you are shown the Median base salary and Median total compensation for position in the area you chose.

What LinkedIn smartly does next—which helps them collect data—is asks you to submit your current salary in a private manner in exchange for free insights from LinkedIn for the next year. There is obviously a chance people could enter incorrect salary information, but it prompts you to say that you cannot change your salary after you hit submit, so it should be pretty accurate.

Once you have submitted your information, you are then taken to a page which lets you know how many LinkedIn members have shared their salary for your field in the last year, and also shows you based on region what others in different locations are making for the same role.

Disappointed to find out you are below the Median salary for your area after doing this? Never fear, LinkedIn has a section directly underneath with open jobs for your position in your area that you can apply for.

Now that you have some background on how LinkedIn gathered the data for their highest paying jobs list, let’s take a look to see if your career field (or one you aspire to be in) made the list!

The Results

It wasn’t surprising to see medical dominate the top of the list, as nine of the Top 10 were found in the medical field.

  1. Cardiologist – $356,000
  2. Radiologist – $355,000
  3. Anesthesiologist – $350,000
  4. Surgeon – $338,000
  5. Medical Director – $230,000
  6. Pathologist – $225,000
  7. Physician (general) – $220,000
  8. Hospitalist – $220,000
  9. Psychiatrist – $218,000
  10. Senior Corporate Counsel – $175,000
  11. Staff Software Engineer – $168,000
  12. Dentist – $165,000
  13. Director of Engineering – $164,000
  14. Tax Director – $161,000
  15. Director of Product Management – $160,000
  16. Patent Attorney – $160,000
  17. Anesthetist – $156,000
  18. Senior Software Engineering Manager – $155,000
  19. Global Marketing Director – $155,000
  20. Podiatrist – $150,000

Our Thoughts

I am sure the majority of us figured doctors and attorneys would dominate this list, but there were a few encouraging surprises on this list as well that could point you in a direction for a possible career switch. Medical careers continue to grow and dominate, but there are other options for job seekers to grow their earning potential.

Staff Software Engineer and Director of Engineering show that not only is the technology field paying well, but that there is upward mobility and growth opportunity for engineers in either field. Overall, it shows the importance of computer and technology and how those currently in the field can upgrade their own career path if they so choose.

Finally, the importance in developing management skills in the business field is important as well. Director of Product Management and Global Marketing Directors cracking the Top 20 at over $150,000 per year should provide some incentive for those who are just starting their business careers at the entry-level salary level.

Final Word

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