According to the United States Social Security Administration, the national average wage index for 2012 is $44,321.67. However, there are thousands of jobs that pay well over that number, putting these six-figure salary makers in the elite group of American earners. From careers focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to careers in the real estate industry, here are five jobs you may not have thought made six-figure salaries:
Senior Commercial Real Estate Loan Officer
Most homeowners are familiar with residential real estate loan officers, many people don’t consider the loans needed for commercial properties. Commercial real estate loan officers often deal with the largest, most complex loans, justifying their $125,757 annual salary.
Director of Ambulatory Services
The title director often insinuates a salary in the six-figure range, many people wouldn’t initially consider a career in ambulatory services. While the more glamorous jobs of EMT or firefighter attract the crowds, director of staff and programs for the ambulatory services department attracts the paycheck. According to Salary.com, the average salary for this director is $119,351 before bonus and benefits. While the position requires a bachelor’s degree, it only requires a minimum of seven years of experience, which is lower than some six-figure jobs.
Even though this salary can vary significantly based on the type and size of the facility managed, the average salary of a facilities director comes in at $113,392. From managing the overall systems and building maintenance to managing the grounds of the facility, the job definitely demands its required 10+ years of experience.
It’s no surprise that a career in the sciences showed up on this list. According to The Brookings Institute, a nonprofit public policy organization, there is a 14 percent wage premium for individuals with a STEM background verses those without a degree in STEM. At an average salary of $105,619, this career path, which traditionally requires 8-10 years of experience, is one of the lower paying STEM careers. Regardless, this six-figure career is in high demand as pharmaceutical companies, food processing plants and even fertilizer manufactures require this much-needed background in the sciences.
While many people think of lobbyist as members of political parties, many corporations hire lobbyist to work on their behalf to pass legislation beneficial for their company. Therefore, it’s not surprising that this salary comes to an average of $101,704, specifically when you consider the private sector.