These are the highest paying jobs in STEM… kaching!

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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

For more info, check out the profiles of Commbank data scientists James and Amy, Atlassian data analyst turned TV presenter Lily and conservation data analyst Kate.


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

Check out our profiles of Brody, who uses computational biology to model lung disease and Maddy, who models the life cycle of military vehicles and protective systems.


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

See how Dr Andrew Blinco makes agriculture more sustainable, while Dr Kate Helmstedt models Antarctic ecosystem and Free uses maths to model oil drilling.


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

Check out Dr Jake Whitehead’s eco-friendly cars, Alex’s clean energy startup and Oliver’s window-washing robots.


If you want more info on high paying jobs, check out Seek’s 20 highest paying jobs of 2018.

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Larissa Fedunik-Hofman

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.



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