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These Are the Highest-Paying Internships and Entry-Level Jobs

By Daniel B. Kline – May 16, 2019 at 7:03AM

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It's a great time to be entering the workforce.

Rarely have younger workers faced a better time to look for a first real job or career-starting internship. A tight labor market has left companies hungry for new workers. It's an ideal situation where people entering the job market hold a lot more leverage than they normally do.

Of course, not all fields pay equally, nor do they have equal demand. Technology roles top Glassdoor's highest paying entry-level jobs list, and tech companies dominate when it comes to the businesses offering the highest-paying internships.

"For those deciding on the direction they want their careers to take, the highest-paying entry-level jobs list, in particular, gives insight into which roles offer high salaries from the very start," wrote Glassdoor economic research analyst Amanda Stansell. "This list can serve as a menu of aspirational jobs to potentially work toward, especially as the majority of these entry-level jobs are in the STEM field and require strong technical skills."

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The highest-paying entry-level jobs and internships

To make the entry-level job list, Glassdoor used data from U.S.-based workers ages 25 and under. That means that some of the data in the survey may not be from someone's actual first job, but it does reflect workers with minimal experience.

25 highest-paying entry-level jobs in the U.S. for 2019

Rank

Job Title

Median Base Salary

1

Data Scientist

$95,000

2

Software Engineer

$90,000

3

Product Manager

$89,000

4

Investment Banking Analyst

$85,000

5

Product Designer

$85,000

6

UX Designer

$73,000

7

Implementation Consultant

$72,000

8

Java Developer

$72,000

9

Systems Engineer

$70,000

10

Software Developer

$68,600

11

Process Engineer

$68,258

12

Front End Developer

$67,500

13

Product Engineer

$66,750

14

Actuarial Analyst

$66,250

15

Electrical Engineer

$66,000

16

Mechanical Engineer

$65,000

17

Design Engineer

$65,000

18

Applications Developer

$65,000

19

Test Engineer

$65,000

20

Programmer Analyst

$65,000

21

Quality Engineer

$64,750

22

Physical Therapist

$63,918

23

Field Engineer

$63,750

24

Project Engineer

$63,000

25

Business Analyst

$63,000

Data source: Glassdoor

The top 25 highest-paying internships list shows that being an intern -- at least in the technology space -- no longer means getting paid very little (or no) money to fetch coffee. At some businesses, it's a much higher-level program that funnels future workers into some of the country's top companies.

25 highest-paying internships in the U.S. for 2019

Rank

Employer

Median Monthly Pay

1

Facebook

$8,000

2

Amazon

$7,725

3

Salesforce

$7,667

4

Google

$7,500

5

Microsoft

$7,250

6

Uber

$7,167

7

Bloomberg LP

$7,000

8

Capital One

$7,000

9

Apple

$6,667

10

Bank of America

$5,833

11

J.P. Morgan

$5,667

12

Goldman Sachs

$5,367

13

Viasat

$5,333

14

Visa Inc.

$5,167

15

Intel Corp.

$5,000

16

SAP

$4,833

17

EY

$4,825

18

Tesla

$4,667

19

Deloitte

$4,667

20

Cisco Systems

$4,667

21

PwC

$4,500

22

KPMG

$4,500

23

Genentech

$4,500

24

Dell

$4,333

25

Boeing

$4,167

Data source: Glassdoor

How can you land one of these jobs?

In order to be hired at one of these companies, you need to have the skills they're looking for. In most cases, that means college degrees in related fields. In some cases, tech companies will be willing to take on skilled workers who learned things like programming and coding in boot camps and alternative education programs.

These are high-demand jobs and internships that generally require being not only highly skilled but personable and able to make it through the interview process. These entry-level jobs and internships are the keys to a highly profitable career. Landing one can put you on the path to long-term success, so it's important to figure out what these companies are looking for and to go and get those skills.

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