25 High-Paying Jobs In America That Require Only A Bachelor’s Degree, 2017

While a masters, doctoral, or professional degree generally qualifies workers for high-paying jobs, there are a number of lucrative positions that require only a bachelor’s degree.

To find the high-paying jobs that require only a bachelor’s degree, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Turns out you don’t need a master’s degree to pull in a pretty penny.

These are the 25 high-paying jobs in America that require only a bachelor’s degree:

  1. Chief executives
    Median annual wage: $181,210
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 343,400
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): -1.2%
  2. Computer and information systems managers
    Median annual wage: $135,800
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 348,500
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 15.4%
  3. Architectural and engineering managers
    Median annual wage: $134,730
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 182,100
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 2.0%
  4. Marketing managers
    Median annual wage: $131,180
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 194,300
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 9.4%
  5. Petroleum engineers
    Median annual wage: $128,230
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 35,100
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 9.8%
  6. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers
    Median annual wage: $127,820
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 75,700
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 1.1%
  7. Financial managers
    Median annual wage: $121,750
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 555,900
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 6.8%
  8. Natural sciences managers
    Median annual wage: $119,850
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 55,100
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 3.3%
  9. Sales managers
    Median annual wage: $117,960
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 376,300
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 5.1%
  10. Compensation and benefits managers
    Median annual wage: $116,240
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 16,900
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 6.5%
  11. Computer hardware engineers
    Median annual wage: $115,080
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 77,700
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 3.1%
  12. Purchasing managers
    Median annual wage: $111,590
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 73,000
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 1.0%
  13. Aerospace engineers
    Median annual wage: $109,650
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 72,500
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): -2.3%
  14. Public relations and fundraising managers
    Median annual wage: $107,320
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 65,800
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 7.1%
  15. Human resources managers
    Median annual wage: $106,910
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 122,500
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 8.8%
  16. Software developers, systems software
    Median annual wage: $106,860
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 395,600
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 13.0
  17. Training and development managers
    Median annual wage: $105,830
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 32,900
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 7.0%
  18. Managers, all other
    Median annual wage: $104,970
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 985,600
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 3.9%
  19. Nuclear engineers
    Median annual wage: $102,220
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 16,800
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): -4.0%
  20. Computer network architects
    Median annual wage: $101,210
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 146,200
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 8.7%
  21. Advertising and promotions managers
    Median annual wage: $100,810
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 31,000
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 4.7%
  22. Actuaries
    Median annual wage: $100,610
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 24,600
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 18.1%
  23. Software developers, applications
    Median annual wage: $100,080
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 718,400
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 18.8%
  24. Sales engineers
    Median annual wage: $100,000
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 69,900
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 7.0%
  25. Materials scientists
    Median annual wage: $99,430
    Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor’s degree
    Total employment: 7,300
    Employment growth projection (2014-2024): 2.7%
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