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25 Best Jobs in the US and How Much They Pay in 2024

Looking for salary information for graduates? Here are 25 of the best jobs in the US in 2024 plus how much graduates might expect to earn when entering into these positions.

May 20, 2024
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What are the best jobs in the U.S.?

This question was recently answered by BusinessInsider, the largest online business news site. The following job titles are the top 25 of the 50 best jobs in the U.S in 2024. The criteria for these rankings included job satisfaction, number of job openings and median base salary.

1. Data Scientist

2. Development Operations Engineer

3. Marketing Manager

4. Occupational Therapist

5. HR Manager

6. Electrical Engineer

7. Strategy Manager

8. Mobile Developer

9. Product Manager (Software)

10. Manufacturing Engineer

11. Compliance Manager

12. Finance Manager

13. Risk Manager

14. Business Development Manager

15. Front End Developer

16. Site Reliability Engineer

17. Mechanical Engineer

18. Analytics Manager

19. Tax Manager

20. Creative Manager (Advertising)

21. Software Engineer

22. Hardware Engineer

23. Corporate Recruiter

24. Quality Assurance Manager

25. Physician Assistant


As you can see, many of these best jobs are within the computer science and IT industries, so those studying these subjects at university are well-prepared to pursue some very rewarding careers, such as data scientist, development operations engineer, and mobile developer.

Studying technical degrees in engineering also tend to lead to higher paying careers, such as electrical engineer (#6), manufacturing engineer, and mechanical engineer.

Though their entry-level salaries tend to be lower than those of more technical careers, graduates of business-related programs are still set to receive fair starting salaries in roles such as marketing manager, HR manager and finance manager.

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What are the best entry-level salaries for graduates?

The United States is consistently ranked as one of the best places in the world to study abroad due to its high-quality education and strong job market. Studying at an American institute, despite the availability of scholarships, is a significant investment, and the return can be difficult to quantify.

Expanding on this list of top jobs in the U.S., we've looked specifically at what recent graduates stepping in to an entry-level position can expect to make, as well as what they might be making five-to-ten years down the line once they've picked up some significant industry experience. 

In terms of highest graduate salaries, looking at the infographic below shows us a number of top jobs that offer some fairly competitive paychecks at the entry-level (defined as someone with 0-5 years of experience on the job). Finance manager, tax manager, risk manager and physician assistant roles all offer an average annual starting salary of over $80,000.

Take a look at the table below to learn more about how much these top jobs pay graduates vs. more experienced professionals:

JobEntry Level (0-5 years)Experienced (10+ years)
Finance Manager$97,000$120,000
Software Engineer$90,000$163,000
Physician Assistant$86,000$114,000
Risk Manager$85,000$114,000
Business Development Manager$82,000$130,000
Tax Manager$82,000$101,000
Mechanical Engineer $80,000$124,000
Site Reliability Engineer$77,000$118,000
Hardware Engineer$76,000$122,000
Front End Developer$74,000$113,000
Analytics Manager$70,000$98,000
Data Scientist$69,000$116,000
Product Manager (Software)$69,000$98,000
Electrical Engineer$68,000$99,000
Creative Manager (Advertising)$64,000$94,000
Development Operations Manager$57,000$92,000
Occupational Therapist$56,000$84,000
Manufacturing Engineer$53,000$71,000
Quality Assurance Manager$52,000$81,000
Compliance Manager$48,000$79,000
Strategy Manager$47,000$129,000
Corporate Recruiter$45,000$61,000
HR Manager$45,000$69,000
Marketing Manager$44,000$107,000
Mobile Developer$43,000$73,000