These Are the Highest-Paying Jobs That Let You Work From Home
Many people dream of working from home but think it's simply not practical. After all, how many well-paying stay-at-home jobs can there be? Well, you might be surprised. According to Salary.com, ZipRecruiter and Glassdoor, these are the average salaries of the highest paying jobs able to be done from the comfort of your couch — some of them earning seven figures. If it's your dream to earn money while in pajamas with your cat on your lap, then read on!
Research Biologist — $62,000
While half of this job is spent in the lab, sometimes the other half can be done from home. Research biologists spend their days studying things and running tests, which can be a fascinating time for the right person. The rest of the time, however, they're processing results on a computer.
Animator — $63,000
While it's not always the highest paying job out there, it sure seems like the most fun. As an animator, you can bring your imagination to life through computerized drawings. Unlike what you may have been told, Pixar is not the only place to make a living through animation.
Technical Support Manager — $63,000
Technical support managers are essentially the in charge of a company's technical services department. They make sure the staff is knowledgeable and that services run smoothly.
Major Gifts Officer — $69,000
"Major gifts officer" may not be a title you’ve heard of before, but it might be a career path worth looking into. Not only do people in this position get to work from home, but they also get to travel on their employer's dime. So what do they do?
Psychologist — $71,000
Who knew understanding the human brain could get you such a satisfying salary? The average pay may not wow you, but the most experienced psychologists can earn upwards of $130K a year. This all depends on your concentration and clientele, of course, but it's nothing to bat an eye at.
Senior Sales Executive — $73,000
The more experience you have as a salesperson, the more you get paid. Of course, charisma and likeability are also essential, but they aren't the only factors in finding success in this business. You need to know how to create and build upon positive relationships with buyers.
Cyber Security Analyst — $76,000
As technology becomes increasingly necessary for businesses, cybersecurity analysts become increasingly important as well. In this position, you'll never be at a loss for work. These professionals make sure companies' networks and online programs are adequately protected. The more intensive security a company needs, the more you get paid.
Consulting — $77,000
The average salary for consultants is $77,000. That isn't a bad salary, but keep in mind that consulting can mean a wide variety of things — a person can consult on anything from finance to social media presence. That means you can make a lot more, or a lot less, depending on what field you go into.
Web Developer — $78,000
As noted earlier, computer-related careers are only getting more and more lucrative. They're also something you can generally do from your own living room via your laptop. Becoming a web developer means you'll be interpreting a business's vision and converting it into their dream website.
Research Engineer — $81,000
A research engineer is someone who does a lot of research. Surprise! They often apply this research to technology and explore ways to improve upon existing ideas and concepts. That means that having strong problem-solving skills is a definite must.
Clinical Trial Manager — $86,000
The responsibilities that clinical trial managers can usually do from home include developing clinical trial protocols, creating budgets and calendars and drafting reports on trial results. Similar to research biologists, the rest of the time, these workers find themselves in laboratories.
Privacy Officer — $87,000
As you can see, organizations will pay top dollar to have their privacy protected. Privacy officers are part of this protection; they keep an eye out for potential privacy problems and respond to any privacy-related crisis. Yes, this can largely be done from home, but you'll probably need to spend around half your time at the location.
Environmental Engineer — $87K
The only thing better than working from home is working outside, and as an environmental engineer, you get to do both! This job often requires field research and sampling, but it also involves processing and organizing of data and the designing of new environmental approaches.
Audit Manager — $90,000
Audit processes can be quite stressful — for the business being audited and for the auditors themselves. Sometimes, a lot of money is at stake, or even the legality of a company’s actions. Because of this, audit managers tend to get paid quite well. $90,000 is quite high for an all-around average salary.
Marketing Director — $96,000
The marketing department of a company controls the business's image, and this team can either make it or break it. Good marketing can skyrocket a company to success, while bad marketing can ... well, send it plummeting to the ground.
Medical Writer — $98,000
Have a talent for writing? You can turn it into a lucrative career by pursuing medical writing. While just about every writing job can be done from home, they're not all as handsomely compensated as those dealing with medicine. Of course, there is a reason for this: medical writing is not easy.
Senior Operations Project Manager — 99K
Any position with "senior" in the title will likely pay well. Senior operations project managers are no exception, and they have the important job of handling customer support, communication with stakeholders and new project development. They sometimes also hire and train new employees.
Front-End Developer — $103,000
Despite the strange-sounding name, a front-end developer is a key figure in the operation of a business or organization. Their responsibilities are similar to those of a regular web developer. However, they need much more in-depth capabilities. Regardless, designing and maintaining a killer website is one of their main goals.
Senior Account Manager — $104,000
It's not easy to land a role as a senior account manager, but it's definitely worth the effort. This high-ranking individual gets paid to run a sales team and consistently increase revenue year after year. It involves thinking up new strategies, solving problems and analyzing results.
Java Developer — $105,000
You've probably heard of Java before, even if you're not quite sure what it is. Essentially, Java is a programming language, and Java developers work with it to create and improve websites. Usually, this role pertains to e-commerce, and e-commerce can be a high-paying field.
Product Manager — $107,000
Product managers do exactly what their title implies: they manage products. In this position, you work with a company or business to inform them of trends or demands surrounding their product. This can include presentations and meetings here and there, but it’s a job that can largely be done remotely.
Cloud Architect — $107,000
Before you start scratching your head and looking up to the sky, we don't mean those clouds. Cloud architects deal with cloud computing and typically design, test or manage a company's approach to the technology. This is a position that calls for some serious computer knowledge.
Software Developer — $108,000
Everyone knows that computer careers typically have high salaries. Nearly all work revolves around computers and the internet these days, so the demand for these positions is high. This type of knowledge isn't easily attained, either, so studying for this career path can be challenging.
Supervisory Attorney — $108,000
It's no surprise that attorneys make a lot of money. The surprising part might be that they don't necessarily need to work at an office building to do so. Plenty of high-paid attorneys do most of their consulting or managing via telephone.
Channel Sales Manager — $120,000
Channel sales are a bit different than regular old sales. They deal with third parties like resellers and affiliates and must ensure their product gets used or represented as intended. The bottom line, however, is the same: increase revenue by generating more sales.
Director of Quality Improvement — $120,000
This remote position deals with the systems administration practices of a company. They often design and implement new approaches to data architecture and are most preoccupied with maintaining up to date standards of product or service quality.
Senior Product Marketing Manager — 121K
The role of a senior product marketing manager is a complex one. Yes, they must draft new marketing strategies, but they also have to be intimately acquainted with marketing trends — and stay up to date on them. They lead marketing teams and report on product performance.
Mobile Developer — $123,000
You can't just know your way around a phone to become a mobile developer — you need to study programming. Anyone who has a phone, however, is probably familiar with what a mobile developer works with, which is often applications. Any time you click on an app, remember that a mobile developer is behind it.
Business Development Manager — $125,000
A business development manager may sound like a general title, and it does, in fact, have very general responsibilities. These include overseeing revenue and client relationships, working with multiple departments, and being a leader. Just because it's a general description, however, doesn't mean it's any less essential.
Senior IT Project Manager — $148,000
Last on our list of highest-paying at-home jobs is the senior information technology (IT) project manager. With an average salary of $148,000, you can imagine just how much a person can make in this field! This is largely because IT is such a lucrative area.