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Jobs That Make $100K

  • Feb 24, 2016
  •  Written by Ken
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5 jobs that pay $100K without an advanced degree

The $100,000 per year mark signifies a position of importance, status and higher-level skills. Most people look at a six-figure salary as something that’s unattainable by just your average Joe or Jane.

Why? Well, according to data published by Bankrate, only one in five households — 20% — earn at least six figures. And some of these households have two earners combining their incomes.

There are relatively few jobs that pay at least $100,000, and many require some sort of advanced degree, such as medical or law.

But, there are several jobs that pay six figures without that degree, and you may be surprised to see just how much money you can make in some of these positions.

Using Labor Statistics data, we’ve created a list of jobs that pay six figures and are attainable if you have a bachelor’s degree or less.

  1. Consultants

Are you a natural problem solver? Well, consultants, or management analysts, work with businesses to find ways to help them operate more efficiently. As of 2012, there were 718,700 consultants employed in the U.S., and the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates big growth in this occupation between 2012 and 2022. Another 134,000 or so positions should become available during that time period.


  • Median salary: $79,870 (average salary is about $90,000)


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