Want a Career in Tech? Study Identifies the Highest-Paying Jobs

The top five jobs all have one thing in common.

Technology is a multitrillion-dollar industry, with the 10 largest U.S. tech firms alone expected to top $1 trillion in sales by the end of 2018, according to CNBC. Not only is the industry growing rapidly, but it’s also a desirable field to work in, with many tech companies offering employees unique work environments along with highly competitive perks and benefits.

But does getting a job in the technology field ensure earning a high salary? Not necessarily, a new GOBankingRates study found. GOBankingRates determined the highest- and lowest-paying jobs in tech by analyzing salary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Salary.com and Glassdoor — and the range in salary was pretty staggering. The highest-paid tech job pays an average of $149,730 a year, while the lowest-paid tech job pays only $34,737 per year on average.

Keep reading to find out the highest- and lowest-paying jobs in technology.


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Knowing how to manage others is a skill that’s worth six figures in the tech world. The top five-paying tech jobs are all managerial roles: computer and information systems manager, marketing manager, sales manager, operations manager and product manager. These jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree, as well as years of experience working in a related field.

Knowledge of computers and computer science is also an invaluable skill, with many of the top-paying tech jobs relating to computer systems, hardware, software, computer networks and applications. However, those working with computers in administrative or support roles tend to make lower salaries.

The lowest-paying tech jobs are in the field of customer support, with customer success representative and technical support representative taking the bottom two spots in the ranking.

Overall, though, working in technology is a lucrative choice. All of the jobs in the ranking — with the exception of the seven lowest-paying jobs — have average salaries that are higher than the median household income, which is $55,322.

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Here’s a look at the complete ranking of the highest- and lowest-paying tech jobs:

Highest- and Lowest-Paying Tech Jobs
RankJobMean Hourly WageMean Annual Wage
1Computer and Information Systems Manager$71.99$149,730
2Marketing Manager$70.01$145,620
3Sales Manager$66.18$137,650
4Operations Manager$59.35$123,460
5Product Manager$57.91$120,444
6Computer Hardware Engineer$57.52$119,650
7Computer and Information Research Scientists$57.49$119,570
8IT Project Manager$57.13$118,822
9Software Developers, Systems Software$53.74$111,780
10Computer Network Architects$51.86$107,870
11Software Developers, Applications$51.30$106,710
12Information Security Analysts$47.93$99,690
13Computer Systems Analysts$44.59$92,740
14Computer Occupations, All Other$43.79$91,080
15Database Administrators$42.81$89,050
16Computer Programmers$42.08$87,530
17Operations Research Analysts$41.59$86,510
18Network and Computer Systems Administrators$41.51$86,340
19Web Developers$35.63$74,110
20Computer Network Support Specialists$32.46$67,510
21Survey Researchers$29.18$60,700
22Network Administrator$28.30$58,873
23Operations Research Analyst – Entry Level$27.88$57,996
24Computer User Support Specialists$26.03$54,150
25Recruiter – Entry Level$25.86$53,795
26Account Representative – Entry level$25.57$53,180
27Quality Assurance Specialist – Entry Level$25.45$52,940
28Sales Support Representative – Entry level$24.33$50,616
29Customer Success Representative – Entry level$22.06$45,887
30Technical Support Representative- Entry Level$16.70$34,737

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Methodology: GOBankingRates analyzed employment data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics. The most recent data is from May 2017. GOBankingRates also obtained salary information from Glassdoor and Salary.com. Tech occupations were ranked according to hourly and annual wages.