The 10 highest-paying entry-level tech jobs

These jobs are in-demand and come with a high salary for employees just starting their careers, according to Comparably.

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With half a million open tech jobs in the US, it's a job seeker's market that even recent graduates and career changers can take advantage of, according to a Wednesday report from Comparably. Many entry-level tech positions pay well—even in the six-figure range—giving those in the industry a reason to move to major tech hub cities to claim them, the report found.

Since jobs in the tech industry outpace other US fields in terms of average salary, Comparably ranked the tech jobs that pay the highest during the entry-level period—or the first three years of an employee's career. While some of these roles require basic tech knowledge, others teach those skills on the job, the report noted. Some 43% of open positions at tech companies are for non-tech roles, it added.

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Here are the top 10 highest-paying entry level tech roles and their average salaries, according to Comparably's study of more than 8,000 employee records:

  1. Data scientist ($113,254)
  2. Product manager ($106,127)
  3. Developer ($100,610)
  4. Mobile developer ($98,317)
  5. Sales engineer ($90,575)
  6. DevOps engineer ($89,300)
  7. UI/UX designer ($84,841)
  8. Sales representative ($70,622)
  9. Marketing manager ($70,392)
  10. QA analyst ($70,383)

The report also broke down entry-level tech salaries in terms of location. Entry-level employees in the San Francisco Bay Area were paid the most of any metro area for seven of the 10 jobs listed, including developer, mobile developer, sales representative, DevOps engineer, and UI/UX designer, all of which pay more than $100,000 annually, according to the report. The highest-paid workers overall are data scientists in Seattle ($131,121), followed closely by data scientists in San Francisco ($129,371), and product managers in Seattle ($126,753).

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By Alison DeNisco Rayome

Alison DeNisco Rayome is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. She covers CXO, cybersecurity, and the convergence of tech and the workplace.