If there are two things the pandemic taught the world, it’s that not only is telecommuting possible in many industries, but that some work-from-home jobs pay lucratively, even better, than office-based jobs.
What could be better than earning a great salary in the comfort and ease of your own home? Recently, FlexJobs identified the best work-from-home jobs in several fields where the salaries reach near to six figures or over.
Product and Project Manager Jobs
Managing a team remotely can be challenging, but if you can do it well, you can get paid handsomely. The median annual wage for management occupations is $102,450.
Product and project manager jobs are now some of the top-paying remote jobs you can get, FlexJobs found. See which job titles under this category could pay you well while you work from home.
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1. Product Manager
- Salary: $100,498, according to PayScale
Product managers are responsible for the entire product management processes within a given company. They may do everything from determine new product opportunities, oversee stages of production, and promote products. They are also tasked with overseeing the flow of communication with various team members or between teams.
Top-paid product managers can bring in $152,000 a year.
2. Project Manager, Operations
- Salary: $88,660, according to PayScale
Project managers in the operations field are responsible for the complete management of a project from start to finish. This includes skills such as communicating with all workers on the project, organizing and helping workers meet deadlines, and writing up reports.
3. Senior Project Manager, IT
- Salary: $128,156, according to PayScale
Senior IT project managers must not only be masters of the technologies that they are working with but also be able to supervise junior employees. These professionals supervise technical projects to satisfy various stakeholders.
Sales and Business Development Jobs
Working in sales might not always be lucrative — the median annual salary for sales positions is $30,600. But some jobs in this field can earn you a healthy paycheck, many of which you can do from home. Here’s a look at some of your options.
1. Business Development Manager
- Salary: $75,570, according to PayScale
Business development managers create plans to help their companies generate more revenue and improve relationships with customers or clients. The job requires working well across departments and being a motivating leader to your team.
The top 10% of business development managers can make $125,000 per year.
2. Channel Sales Manager
- Salary: $82,009, according to PayScale
Channel sales is the selling of services or products using a third party, like a reseller or affiliate. Managers in this role hire and work with these third parties and make sure that their company’s products are represented properly. They are also responsible for dealing with problems that arise during the sales process.
The top 10% of channel sales managers can make $123,000 per year.
3. Senior Account Manager
- Salary: $74,793, according to PayScale
These managers act as leaders of a sales team to increase revenue, and they are responsible for solving problems the team faces. To get this role, you should be both organized and analytical and have a bachelor’s degree.
The top earners with this title can make $113,000 a year or more.
4. Senior Sales Executive
- Salary: $81,542, according to PayScale
To get this high-paying work-from-home leadership job, you typically need experience in sales management and a record of success in sales. These executives work to strengthen relationships with existing clients and bring in new clients.
The top 10% of senior sales executives can earn $137,000 per year.
Software Developer Jobs
Software developers create applications and systems for computers and similar devices. These jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree in computer science. The median pay for software developers across industries is $110,140 per year, and you can still make that kind of money while working at home with certain jobs.
1. Front-End Developer
- Salary: $77,143, according to PayScale
Front-end developers are the engineers who make sure that everything you see on a website looks as it should and functions properly. This is a complex job that usually requires a bachelor’s degree in information technology, and may also require additional certifications such as the SUN, IBM, Microsoft or Oracle developer certifications.
The top 10% of front-end developers can earn $118,000 per year.
2. Java Developer
- Salary: $78,604, according to PayScale
These developers use the computer programming language Java to create complex website functions. E-commerce sites usually employ this type of developer.
The top 10% highest-paid Java developers can earn $113,000, on average, per year.
3. Mobile Applications Developer
- Salary: $75,603, according to PayScale
If you’ve ever used an app on your smartphone or tablet, you have a mobile developer to thank for that. These app creators have a strong understanding of programming languages such as Objective-C, HTML, Java or XML, and may hold special certifications.
The top 10% highest-paid mobile developers can earn a $123,000 annual salary.
Marketers work to generate interest in a company’s product or service. Those who work at the manager level in this field earn a median salary of $133,380 per year, with those in higher positions bringing in even more. Find out more about some of those roles that also will allow you to work from home.
1. Marketing Communications Director
- Salary: $85,723, according to PayScale
Marketing communications directors oversee the programs that market products and services to specific populations. They use analytics and data to make their decisions and have strong leadership skills to help steer their teams to meet performance goals.
The highest-earning marketing communications directors can make $143,000 per year.
2. Marketing Director
- Salary: $92,200, according to PayScale
Marketing directors oversee the entire marketing team to ensure a company’s marketing campaigns are successful. Their job tasks include developing concepts and budgets for marketing campaigns, resolving issues that arise within their team and maintaining open communication with their company’s clients and vendors, as well as with other managers within their company.
The top 10% of earners with this title can make an average salary of $152,000.
3. Senior Product Marketing Manager
- Salary: $129,338, according to PayScale
The primary responsibility of a senior product marketing manager is to create marketing strategies that increase brand loyalty and sales. They do this by analyzing market trends, developing pricing strategies, establishing marketing goals and evaluating product performance.
The top-earning senior product marketing managers can make $165,000 per year.
4. Vice President of Marketing
- Salary: $149,938, according to PayScale
These VPs develop strategies to improve or maintain the market shares for the goods or services their company sells. They also oversee the various departments that provide the data that help them create these strategies. The vice president of marketing typically reports directly to the company’s CEO or COO.
The top 10% can bring in a $209,000 salary.
Computer/Information Security Jobs
Cybersecurity is a field of employment that is growing rapidly, with a projected 33% growth rate from 2020-2030. The median salary in these jobs is $102,600. To get a job in this field, you typically need a bachelor’s degree. Take a look at some of the top-paying jobs in this category that also allow you to work from home.
1. Cyber Security Analyst
- Salary: $77,177, according to PayScale
These analysts implement the security measures necessary to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Cyber security analysts typically have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field as well as experience in a related occupation.
The highest 10% in this position can earn a $116,000 salary.
2. Privacy Officer
- Salary: $89,287, according to PayScale
Privacy officers make sure all departments within their company follow company privacy practices, and they perform privacy-related departmental audits to ensure that this is the case. They help assess and reduce risks to privacy and respond to privacy breaches.
Top-paid privacy officers can earn $144,000 a year.
3. Security Consultant
- Salary: $87,310, according to PayScale
Security consultants can work in various fields, usually for companies that have large digitized databases. These consultants design or improve systems that protect their institution against internal and external data theft, and come up with emergency plans for what to do in case of a data breach.
The top 10% of security consultants earn an average salary of $138,000.
The highest-paying jobs you can get are in the medical and healthcare fields. Healthcare occupations are forecast to grow 16 percent from 2020 to 2030. And now, thanks to technology, you can work in this field from the comfort of your own home.
1. Clinical Trial Manager
- Salary: $101,751, according to PayScale
Clinical trial managers create and carry out protocols for clinical trials to meet regulations and standards. They also manage budgets and schedules for clinical trials, track and write reports on the progress of trials, develop enrollment strategies and come up with solutions for day-to-day issues.
Top earners with this job title can make $136,000 per year.
2. Medical Director
- Salary: $215,800, according to PayScale
Medical director is the highest-paid work-from-home job on this list. These directors manage the operations of a healthcare organization. Responsibilities include developing guidelines, managing clinical staff and supervising quality assurance. Typically, you’ll need an MD or DO to do this job, according to FlexJobs.
At the high end of the payscale, Medical Directors can earn up to $278,000.
- Salary: $81,793, according to Payscale
Becoming a psychologist typically requires a doctoral degree and certification. Some psychologists work in research roles, while others work directly with patients to help improve their cognitive, social or emotional behaviors. Those with a private practice can easily work from home by either having a home office or conducting sessions using a video messaging service.
The highest-paid 10% of psychologists can earn $119,000.
Computer & IT Jobs
Employment in the computer and IT fields is growing rapidly, projected at 13 percent from 2020 to 2030, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This field has a particular demand for employees with knowledge of cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security. The median pay for jobs in these fields is $91,250. Here are some work-from-home options that pay well.
1. Cloud Solutions Architect
- Salary: $129,630, according to PayScale
Cloud solutions architects design, manage and monitor cloud computing strategies for companies. If you want to be a cloud architect, you should have experience with networking, programming languages, operating systems and cloud security, according to FlexJobs.
The top earners in this profession can earn $166,000.
2. Senior Solutions Architect
- Salary: $137,923, according to PayScale
Top-tier earners can command a salary of $174,000.
3. Technical Support Manager
- Salary: $80,288 according to PayScale
These managers resolve customer issues, identify problems and come up with improvements for technical support processes. They also oversee a company’s technical support team.
The top 10% of tech support managers earn an average salary of $123,000.
Engineering is an in-demand profession, specifically in the areas of rebuilding infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, and robotics. The median wage for engineers and related jobs is $79,840. If you’re interested in this job category and working from home, keep reading.
1. Research Engineer
- Salary: $83,501 per year, according to Payscale.
Research engineers invent and design innovative approaches to technology and find new uses for existing technology. This fast-growing occupation typically requires a master’s degree.
Top tier earners can make as much as $122,000 per year.
2. Senior Systems Engineer
- Salary: $109,600, according to PayScale
Senior systems engineers are in charge of the planning, design and implementation of system engineering projects. They are proficient in Windows/Linux servers and usually also have a special area of expertise such as storage, virtualization or large-scale platforms.
Top earners can make $150,000 annually.
3. Software Engineer
- Salary: $88,659, according to Payscale
These engineers develop applications or systems for computers and similar devices. Software engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in computer science as well as strong computer programming skills.
Top earners can make $130,000 annually.
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All salary information is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale unless otherwise indicated.