Nontraditional Jobs That Pay $100K

Nontraditional Jobs That Pay $100K

John Rossheim |

It’s no secret that doctors, lawyers, traders and senior executives at large corporations typically earn six figures or more. But where are the $100,000 jobs for the rest of us – the 140 million American workers who lack the inclination, the aptitude or the tolerance for student debt to go for the classic big-money careers?

It turns out that in 2008, there are quite a number of six-figure occupations which have nothing to do with stock trading or suing people.

Why, you might ask? Federal Career Coach Kathryn Troutman answers, “Retirement rates for midlevel managers are high; more and more, the government is hiring people from the outside directly into management.” Middle-management jobs in government may be better compensated than their private-sector counterparts. “Midrange professional salaries are much higher, and the flexibility and benefits are much better,” says Troutman. These jobs generally fall into the GS-14 and GS-15 grade levels.

Here are just a few of the federal jobs that can pay $100,000 or more, according to USAJOBS:

Air Traffic Controller

Human Resource Specialist

Nurse Consultant

Department of Agriculture District Ranger


Public Health Advisor

Transportation Specialist

Additional Resources:

Comprehensive Government Salary Guide

25 Highest Annual Salaries in Government

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