Making a six-figure salary at a company that treats its employees well is a career goal for many people. But where can you find these jobs? Glassdoor recently published a list of 11 jobs at the highest-rated companies that pay $100,000 or more per year. Of those 11 companies, six are in the tech industry.
"We're not surprised to see so many tech positions with six-figure salaries," said Allison Berry, Glassdoor community expert. "High pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills, higher education and working in jobs that are protected from competition or automation. Tech jobs like data scientist and product manager certainly fit this bill."
The companies on the list were drawn from Glassdoor's 50 Best Places to Work in 2017, based on employee ratings.
Here are the jobs, starting with the highest paying.
Median Base Salary: $175,470
Best Places to Work Ranking: #11
Additional Perks: Performance bonus, retirement plan, mental health care, childcare, 401K plan
Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company serves businesses, governments, and nonprofits. Engagement managers lead a team of associates and business analysts, develop individual employees, work directly with client executives, and take charge of the day-to-day execution of the engagement process. Employees on Glassdoor report that the firm has an excellent culture and opportunities for growth, but that long hours and work/life balance can be a struggle.
Median Base Salary: $145,220
Best Places to Work Ranking: #4
Additional Perks: Free lunch, 401K plan with matching, charitable gift matching, performance bonus, retirement plan, paid parental leave, employee discount
Google research scientists might specialize in machine learning and intelligence, Deepmind, Google Brain, and other areas. These employees work closely with software engineers on creating experiments and prototyping implementations, and taking on challenges in machine perception, data mining, machine learning, and natural language processing. Current employees recommend Google for its culture, pay, and benefits, but cite demanding schedules as a negative.
Median Base Salary: $142,286
Best Places to Work Ranking: #12
Additional Perks: Flexible spending account, 401K plan with matching, employee discount
Clorox is a US-based multinational company that owns brands including Glad and Burt's Bees. Marketing managers at the Clorox Company develop and implement marketing plans, and analyze results. Current employees wrote on Glassdoor that The Clorox Company offers many opportunities for growth, and flexible work schedules. However, some salaries are below market rates for the Bay Area, employees said.
Median Base Salary: $133,768
Best Places to Work Ranking: #2
Additional Perks: Fertility assistance, adoption assistance, performance bonus, supplemental workers' compensation, employee assistance program, free lunch
Facebook data scientists leverage data to solve large-scale web, mobile, and data infrastructure problems. They also build and maintain data driven optimization models, experiments, forecasting algorithms and capacity constraint models, according to job postings on Glassdoor. Facebook employees report a good company culture and nice workplace perks, but trouble maintaining a work/life balance.
Median Base Salary: $133,034
Best Places to Work Ranking: #18
Additional Perks: Performance bonus, 401K plan, retirement plan, adoption assistance, commuter checks
Senior analysts at Forrester conduct innovative research and deliver advice through written reports, consulting, client inquiries, and speeches. Employees say the environment is intellectually stimulating and management is supportive and transparent. However, the company's business strategy sometimes changes.
Median Base Salary: $132,564
Best Places to Work Ranking: #9
Additional Perks: Performance bonus, equity incentive plan, 401K plan, stock options
The primary mission of Adobe product managers is the successful management of a line of Adobe Campaign products including the monitoring of R&D. Employees say that Adobe's culture and employee teams are strong, but that upward mobility can be a challenge.
Median Base Salary: $129,365
Best Places to Work Ranking: #36
Additional Perks: Employee discount, retirement plan, employee stock purchase plan, paid time off, charitable gift matching
Global supply managers at Apple help drive, develop, and establish the business relationship between the company's design and engineering teams and its direct suppliers. The supply manager is responsible for developing and executing sourcing strategies that allow for product innovation, including negotiating business terms with international suppliers. Apple employees say it offers an innovative work environment and competitive pay, but that competition and work/life balance can be challenges.
Median Base Salary: $123,149
Best Places to Work Ranking: #20
Additional Perks: Equity incentive plan, performance bonus, stock options, charitable gift matching, parental leave, childcare, fertility assistance, volunteer time off
Senior interaction designers at business and financial software company Intuit work on flagship products such as QuickBooks, TurboTax, and Mint. Employees say there are lots of opportunities to grow and employee benefits, but management shifting can be a problem.
Median Base Salary: $120,277
Best Places to Work Ranking: #13
Additional Perks: Stock options, adoption assistance, retirement plan, pension plan, employee discount, mobile phone discount, legal assistance, performance bonus
Brand managers at Nestlé Purina PetCare work with a cross-functional team to create digital and offline campaigns and programming for veterinarians. The company is a St. Louis, Missouri-based subsidiary of Nestlé, which produces and markets pet products. Employees say the company offers strong training and supportive leadership, but that it can be difficult dealing with the corporate structure.
Median Base Salary: $115,570
Best Places to Work Ranking: #42
Additional Perks: Flexible spending account, performance bonus, stock options, 401K plan, charitable gift matching, retirement plan, life insurance, paid time off
Texas Instruments makes analog and embedded processing products that power electronics across every industry. Employees say supervisors and mentors spend a lot of time developing workers, and that flexible schedules are a perk, but that overtime work can be a problem.
Median Base Salary: $112,204
Best Places to Work Ranking: #32
Additional Perks: Performance bonus, charitable gift matching, childcare, retirement plan, stock options
Project managers at biotechnology corporation Genentech are responsible for managing projects from late stage research through proof of concept. Genentech employees report a good work/life balance culture and competitive pay and benefits, but slow to adapt to change.
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Alison DeNisco Rayome has nothing to disclose. She does not hold investments in the technology companies she covers.
Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.