Top jobs survey: San Francisco hot, San Jose so-so, tech well-represented

San Francisco is one of the hottest markets in the nation for the top-paying jobs, while the San Jose area is lukewarm, according to a Glassdoor survey released Wednesday.

Tech jobs accounted for the single largest major category of the top-paying positions with current openings, according to Glassdoor.

However, the vast majority of those top-paying tech jobs are available outside the Santa Clara County area. It’s also clear that San Francisco has emerged as a magnet for some of the highest-paying jobs in the country.

One thing is certain: People should jump into the health care field if they want the best chances of landing a high-paying job.

Physician is the highest-paid job in the nation, stated the report, which is titled “25 Highest Paying Jobs in America.” The median base salary for a physician is $187,976 a year.

Pharmacy Manager was No.2, paying $149,044; Patent Attorney was No. 3, with a median base wage of $139,272;  Medical Science Liaison was No. 4, paying $132,842; and Pharmacist was No. 5, paying $125,847, Glassdoor reported.

The highest-ranked tech industry position was Enterprise Architect at No. 6, with a median base salary  of $112,560.

All told, 11 of the 25 positions listed in the survey were in the tech industry. Eight of those — Enterprise Architect, Applications Development Manager, R&D Manager, Software Engineering Manager, I.T. Architect, Software Architect, Solutions Architect and Data Architect —  all offered a median base salary of at least $100,000 a year.

“This report reinforces that higher salaries are found in America’s fastest job-creating sectors,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist with

Chicago was listed as a hot spot for hiring for nine of the top 25 job categories, more than any other city named in the report. San Francisco was No. 2, listed as a hot spot for eight of the top 25 categories. New York City also had eight.

The San Jose area, which consists of Santa Clara County, was listed as a hot spot for hiring for only two of the 25 employment categories, the survey found.


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  • hoapres

    Uh Oh

    It’s another bogus Glassdoor salary report.

  • joshuasantos

    Yet San Jose somehow has a significantly higher median salary than SF. Do some research before posting a conclusion that is not fully baked.