It’s definitely not all about the money, but it never hurts to find out a little about the highest paying jobs in STEM – and you might be surprised by the results.
According to SEEK’s Salary Report from the July 2016 to July 2017 period, these are the highest paying fields in STEM:
1. Mathematics, Statistics & Information Sciences
Average salary: $112,059
Industries: Too many to list! Finance, biology, weather simulation, marine science, medical diagnosis, Information & communication technology
Jobs: Data scientist, biostatistician, meteorologist, ICT architect/ manager/product developer, risk analyst
2. Modelling & Simulation
Average salary: $103,826
Industries: See above – numerous! Genomics, geology, mining
Jobs: Software engineer, chemical engineer, mechatronics engineer, data scientist, computational biologist/chemist
3. Environmental, Earth & Geosciences
Average salary: $92,130
Industries: Geological/earth/environmental/plant/climate sciences, mining/oil & gas
Jobs: Geologist, environmental engineer/scientist, petroleum engineer, engineering/construction/agricultural consultant
4. Food Technology & Safety
Average salary: $87,733
Jobs: Food scientist, process engineer, laboratory manager, chemist, biologist
Find out how you can get into food tech here.
5. Quality Assurance & Control
Industries: Manufacturing, transport & logistics, food, pharmacy, chemistry
Average salary: $82,661
Jobs: Quality assurance officer/technician, medical/scientific information officer, chemist, laboratory manager, civil/mechanical/mechatronics engineer
If you want more info on high paying jobs, check out Seek’s 20 highest paying jobs of 2018.
Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman
Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.