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10 Entry-Level Jobs That Actually Pay—Plus Tips on How to Get Them

By | Deanna deBara |

The phrase “entry-level” has, in many ways, become synonymous with low pay. But the truth is, “It is not the term ‘entry-level’ that determines salary,” says Linda J. Hollenback, MSEd, a college and career strategist, founder of Hollenback Consulting, and a Certified Professional Résumé Writer. There are plenty of entry-level jobs out there that pay well—it’s just about figuring out which roles and industries are going to give you the most bang for your entry-level buck.

“It’s all about supply and demand,” says Colleen DelVecchio, an independent career coach and senior coach at ArcVida who previously spent a decade as a career counselor at Smith College. “When there are less candidates with a specific skills set, industries tend to pay higher,” she says. “Additionally, when industries can charge their end users more, the pay tends to be higher.”

So the question is: If you want to start your career off on a high-paying note, what are the roles that are going to offer a high salary from the get-go?

Defining “High-Paying” and “Entry-Level”

First things first, let’s take a minute to define what we mean when we say “high-paying” and “entry-level.”

In this case, we’re defining “high-paying” as any role that pays more than the median salary for all occupations in the U.S.—which, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $39,810 per year as of May 2019 (the most recent data available).

And an entry-level role is “one that does not require previous experience in the field,” DelVecchio says. “They are positions where the employer is willing to train you and help you to build the skills necessary.”

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