You’ll arrive at a few different answers for what are the top paying industries — if what you’re really interested in is entire industries and not jobs. The answer you get depends on how broadly you define an industry, the data you include, and how you do the math. But in general, the top paying industries are: healthcare, biotech, energy, software publishing, and finance/banking.
Not surprisingly, the highest paying healthcare jobs tend to be physicians, dental surgeons, and nursing specialties, all requiring extensive education, internships, and certification. However, some higher paying healthcare jobs require considerably less education, such as radiation therapists.
The highest paying finance/banking jobs tend to involve managing significant investment portfolios, transacting positions, venture financing and client advisory. Likewise, these jobs typically require a very seasoned educational and experiential background. Biotech, energy
, and to some degree software publishing tend to be higher paying industries where there is less wage inequality (again depending on how you define an industry) than healthcare or finance/banking. Most of the higher paying jobs require a STEM
education and are at or above the level of project manager. Energy and biotech jobs also tend to be more regionally clustered around industry hubs, while healthcare jobs are available in almost every locality.