These Are the Top 25 Highest Paying Jobs in the U.S. Right Now

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Pattanaphong Khuankaew/iStock via Getty Images

If you assumed that the most lucrative careers right now were in the healthcare, tech, finance, and legal fields, you are absolutely right. In a new study, Glassdoor compiled salary data from the past year to identify jobs with the highest base salaries, and their findings aren’t exactly surprising.

To create the list, Glassdoor collected user-submitted salary information, grouped jobs with synonymous titles together under one label, and analyzed its findings using an algorithm that factored in variables like location and seniority.

With a median base salary of $193,415, physicians are (unsurprisingly) the top earners—beating out the runners-up, pharmacy managers, by nearly $50,000 (which, on its own, is just under the median U.S. base salary of $53,950). Dentists and pharmacists round out the top four slots, and then the list becomes overwhelmingly tech-heavy with a smattering of finance and legal positions.

The unifying theme among all the jobs is a high level of skill, gained through years of advanced education, experience, or both. And as companies try to adapt their business models to the digital landscape, people who can understand and interpret data are a hot commodity, as evidenced by position titles like data architect, data scientist, and analytics manager.

Whether you’re deep in the throes of your own job search or you’re just curious to see how your current position measures up against others, scroll on for the full list of America’s highest-paid workers.

  1. Physician // $193,415

  1. Pharmacy Manager // $144,768

  1. Dentist // $142,478

  1. Pharmacist // $126,438

  1. Enterprise Architect // $122,585

  1. Corporate Counsel // $117,588

  1. Software Engineering Manager // $114,163

  1. Physician Assistant // $113,855

  1. Corporate Controller // $113,368

  1. Software Development Manager // $109,809

  1. Nurse Practitioner // $109,481

  1. Applications Development Manager // $107,735

  1. Solutions Architect // $106,436

  1. Data Architect // $104,840

  1. Plant Manager // $104,817

  1. IT Program Manager // $104,454

  1. Systems Architect // $103,813

  1. UX Manager // $102,489

  1. Site Reliability Engineer // $100,855

  1. Cloud Engineer // $98,626

  1. Attorney // $97,711

  1. Data Scientist // $97,027

  1. Information Security Engineer // $95,786

  1. Analytics Manager // $95,238

  1. Financial Planning & Analysis Manager // $94,874

[h/t Thrillist]

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]