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FlexJobs, one of the leaders among remote job boards, wants to clear up the myth that remote jobs don’t pay well.
“It’s a common misconception that work-from-home jobs are scams, only exist in specific industries like customer service or data entry, and are lower-paying, but that couldn’t be further from the truth,” said FlexJobs CEO and founder Sara Sutton in a statement. “In fact, the average telecommuter earns a higher median salary than an in-office worker.”
To prove their point, FlexJobs compiled a list of 15 full-time, high-paying remote jobs that command salaries of $100,000 or more.
Ready to take a look at these highly-skilled positions? Let’s dive in.
#1. State Health Associate Commissioner
Salary: $160,000 – $175,000
As a state health commissioner, you’d be responsible for ensuring the health and well-being of, well, everyone. You’d need extensive knowledge of epidemiology (the branch of medicine that deals with the spread and control of diseases), as well as a Masters degree in public health.
This policy-heavy job would require knowledge of government operations, skills in emergency planning and response activities, and a solid handle on financial and resource management. And if you’re working remotely, you’d need excellent communication skills to maintain relationships with public health officials, politicians, and others in your circle.
#2. Business Development Director
If business and sales are more in your wheelhouse, you could work remotely as a business development director while making $150,000 per year. Business directors tend to be senior level managers or department heads with experience leading sales strategies.
You’d be responsible for driving a company forward by identifying opportunities for revenue and expanding its brand. Along with formulating big-picture strategy, you might also interact with clients and customers.
Since this role involves sales and networking, you might be called upon to travel around the country or even the world.
#3. Mobile Lead
If you’ve got experience developing apps, you could make $150,000 per year as a mobile lead developer or engineer. On one hand, you’d need strong technical skills to oversee a project from its initial design to production and implementation. But along with solid engineering skills, you’d also need to lead a team of developers and be able to juggle multiple projects while keeping your team on track.
Unlike some other positions on this list, you might not need an advanced degree in computer science if you can prove you have the skills and experiences to hack it as a mobile lead. Then you can do what you love while making a high salary each year.
#4. Technical Lead – Android or iOS
Salary: $140,000 – $200,000
Similar to a mobile lead, a technical lead needs solid application development skills and be able to lead a team of engineers. This particular position in FlexJobs’ database requires someone who has skills in Android or iOS applications.
#5. Curriculum Lead
Salary: $130,000 – $150,000
While jobs in education are notoriously underpaid, you could find a lucrative role as a curriculum lead. Directors of curriculum development are responsible for proposing course content, designing new learning formats, and leading learning strategies. You’d need a strong understanding of curriculum design; some experience with product marketing could help, too.
#6. User Researcher
User experience (UX) is a relatively new field that’s blossomed over the past few years. UX researchers and designers focus on how clients and customers interact with a company’s products or services. They study clients’ needs and experiences to improve a company’s offerings and expand its brand.
This role can span industries, and it involves a bit of psychology, sociology, marketing, and data science, depending on where you end up. Those who work in user experience often come from a variety of backgrounds, with computer science and sociology being two of them.
If you can find the right fit in this exciting field, you could command an annual salary of $130,000 while working from home.
#7. Lead Data Engineer
Salary: $120,000 – $160,000
Since tech jobs lend themselves well to working from home and tend to earn high salaries, it’s not surprising that lead data engineer is next on this list of high-paying remote jobs.
Data engineers must have a strong grasp of data analytics and know how to use data to inform business processes. As a lead engineer, you’d also likely be responsible for leading a team of other data or software engineers, even while you work from home.
#8. Senior Manager of Demand Generation
A manager who works in demand generation works with marketing, business development, and sales teams to drive a business forward. You might come up with inbound and outbound marketing strategies to generate new prospects, as well as organize and enact programs to expand into new markets.
#9. Venture Fund Senior Tax Accountant
As a tax accountant, you’d be responsible for developing products and systems and overseeing preparation of tax returns. Along with experience in this field, you’d need to be certified as a public account (CPA) or have another relevant certification.
#10. Manager of Transit Planning and Corridor Development
Salary: up to $120,000
In this impressive role, you’d be responsible for managing transit planning, design, and development. You might oversee land use and environmental studies, as well as help come up with plans for developing new public transportation systems and routes.
#11. Deputy CIO for Information Security and Operations
Salary: up to $120,000
As deputy chief information officer (CIO), you’d be in charge of information security and data privacy, a job which seems more important (and challenging) than ever. Along with overseeing daily IT operations, you’d be tasked with developing technology strategies, identifying gaps and risks, and finding ways for technology to achieve your organization’s objectives. Basically, you’d be responsible for making sure your organizations’ IT operations run smoothly and its information remains secure.
#12. Engineering Manager
Salary: $100,160 – $160,000
As an engineering or product manager, you would manage engineering activities within a department. You might help design, develop, produce, and test a product while managing a team of engineers. Along with working directly with products, you’d also need solid project management skills, which include the ability to meet delivery deadlines and stay within budget.
#13. Head of Community Marketing
Salary: $100,000 – $140,000
Community marketing involves a combination of user research, press and product launches, and content production. To get to the head position, you’d need a few years of experience in marketing, as well as skills in social media messaging and organizational branding.
Along with defining messaging for a brand, you might help produce text, image, and video content. Some related job titles include community growth lead, head of marketing, and head of growth.
#14. Full Stack Software Engineer
As a full stack software engineer or developer, you would work in web or mobile app development. You’d help develop and implement software programs. Full stack engineers work in all manners of private companies and public organizations, from financial services companies to research labs. Your salary will vary depending on where you end up working, but it tends to be higher than average.
#15. Workers Compensation Defense Attorney
Salary: $100,000 – $125,000
Last on FlexJobs’ list of high-paying remote jobs was workers compensation defense attorney. Workers comp lawyers help workers get compensation and benefits for their injuries, medical bills, or lost earnings. Obviously, you would need a law degree with a focus in workers comp law to qualify for this high-paying role.
Going remote doesn’t mean sacrificing salary or benefits
Although remote work might have been low-paying in the past, today there are more opportunities than ever to make a high salary with robust benefits while building your career from home.
Some companies operate on an entirely remote basis, hiring employees that live across different time zones all over the world. This list, for instance, has 26 forward thinking companies that rely on distributed teams.
And while some roles ask you to work set hours, others are a lot more flexible with their schedules. For even more jobs that let you work from anywhere, head to this list of 27 location-independent jobs for digital nomads.