The Best Jobs That Earn Over $100K Without a Doctorate in 2023

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It used to be that a six-figure job required years of schooling for a doctorate or specialized training (think doctors and lawyers), but that tide has been turning the past few years.

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U.S. News & World Report recently released their Best Jobs of 2023 report, and the number-one profession nabs a $120,000 salary and has no specifications for a Ph.D. The job: A software developer. The degree level: Just a bachelor’s.

Of the Top 10 jobs on the list, six only require a bachelor’s degree, and all but one earn over $100,000. Here’s how the full list shakes out, along with median salaries and level of education:

  1. Software Developer (Median Salary: $120,730; Degree: Bachelor’s)
  2. Nurse Practitioner (Median Salary: $120,680; Degree: Master’s)
  3. Medical and Health Services Manager (Median Salary: $101,340; Degree: Bachelor’s)
  4. Physician Assistant (Median Salary: $121,530; Degree: Master’s)
  5. Information Security Analyst (Median Salary: $102,600; Degree: Bachelor’s)
  6. Physical Therapist (Median Salary: $95,620; Degree: Doctorate)
  7. Financial Manager (Median Salary: $131,710; Degree: Bachelor’s)
  8. IT Manager (Median Salary: $159,010; Degree: Bachelor’s)
  9. Web Developer (Median Salary: $77,030; Degree: Bachelor’s)
  10. Dentist (Median Salary: $160,370; Degree; Doctorate)
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To put together the top jobs list, U.S. News & World Report considered several factors with data from the U.S. Department of Labor: salary, stress level, job openings over the next decade and unemployment rate. They also conduct interviews with people currently in each role.

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Selena Fragassi joined in 2022, adding to her 15 years in journalism with bylines in Spin, Paste, Nylon, Popmatters, The A.V. Club, Loudwire, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine and others. She currently resides in Chicago with her rescue pets and is working on a debut historical fiction novel about WWII. She holds a degree in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago.
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