Physicians rank No. 1 among highest-paid employees in U.S.

Physicians rank No. 1 among highest-paid employees in the U.S., according to a new report.

The recent report, produced by career search engine Glassdoor, highlighted the 25 highest-paying jobs across the nation and found that despite the growth of software, tech and IT industries, a career in the healthcare field remains at the top of the list.

At $180,000, the median base salary of physicians is a hefty sum larger than the starting salary of their second place-counterparts. Ranking No. 2 among the highest-paying jobs in America, lawyers make an average starting salary of $144,500. And coming in at the bottom of the list, information systems managers earn a median base salary of $106,000.

The data was collected based on salary reports and job postings on the Glassdoor site between January 2015 and January 2016. Currently, there are 2,064 job openings for physicians.

"This report reinforces that high pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills, higher education and working in jobs that are protected from competition or automation. This is why we see several jobs within the technology and healthcare industries," said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist.


Among a growing field of job seekers, the report found that 68 percent of people rate income and compensation as their two highest priorities when searching for an open position in their industry.


Dr. Chamberlain noted that after landing a job, however, the priority was no longer just about the pay check. Opportunities for advancement, workplace culture and trust in senior leaders ranked among the top priorities once employees enter a company.


Forbes reported that to be considered for the list, a job title needed a minimum of 75 salary reports on Glassdoor from employees within the last year. C-suite level job titles were not considered for this collection of data.