11 Jobs We Had No Idea Paid $100K Salaries

Photographed by Erin Yamagata.
If you're looking for a career with a big salary, chances are someone at some point has suggested you become a doctor or a lawyer. Typically, the left-brained, science-y people get pointed down the med-school route, and the more right-brained of us (hi!) get steered toward law school.

But just because you've ruled out medicine and law doesn't mean you've eliminated the chance for a big job — and a paycheck to match. Glassdoor has rounded up a list of 11 jobs with a median pay of at least $100,00 a year — and often with a base pay already exceeding that.

The list comes from employees' anonymous salary reporting over the past two years, and the jobs range from the common (dentist) to the not-so-common (ever considered becoming a special agent?). Oh, and all the positions are currently hiring.

Ahead, 11 not-so-expected jobs that pay well — really well. Are you surprised by what made the list?
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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Special Agent
Total median pay: $125,000
Median base salary: $121,000
Skills needed: A background in law enforcement and/or a degree in criminal justice, able to work non-standard hours.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Regional Sales Executive
Total median pay: $103,500
Median base salary: $65,000
Skills needed: Good communications skills, willingness to aggressively expand business and client base.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Reservoir Engineer
Total median pay: $143,000
Median base salary: $125,000
Skills needed: Degree in chemical engineering and related work experience.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Nurse Practitioner
Total median pay: $101,600
Median base salary: $100,000
Skills needed: Master's degree in nursing, plus additional certifications in some states.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Dentist
Total median pay: $129,968
Median base salary: $125,000
Skills needed: Doctoral degree in dental medicine or surgery, good business sense if you choose to open your own practice.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Geophysicist
Total median pay: $119,380
Median base salary: $109,864
Skills needed: Bachelor's or master's in geology, detail-oriented.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Drilling Engineer
Total median pay: $116,500
Median base salary: $106,680
Skills needed: Bachelor's in petroleum or mechanical engineering, good management skills.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Equity Research Associate
Total median pay: $100,000
Median base salary: $85,000
Skills needed: Bachelor's degree in economics, finance, or similar.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Airline Pilot
Total median pay: $134,000
Median base salary: $120,000
Skills Required: Certified with an Airline Transport Pilot's License, willingness to work a non-standard schedule.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Physician Assistant
Total median pay: $100,392
Median base salary: $100,000
Skills needed: A degree from a physician assistant program, certifying you to work in collaboration with doctors.

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Illustrated by Paola Delucca.
Software Architect
Total median pay: $139,000
Median base salary: $130,000
Skills needed: Bachelor's in math, software engineering, or similar training or work experience; willingness to work long hours.

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