Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in Charlotte

27779 recently released a list of the highest-paying jobs in Charlotte.

The list was primarily dominated by healthcare and tech positions, with enterprise architects at #6 (responsible for large organization’s IT infrastructures), making a median salary of $112,560, and application development managers at #8 making an average of $112,045 per year, according to Glassdoor’s rankings.

Software engineering managers just missed the top ten list, coming in at #11 with salaries starting at around $109,350.

2 of the top 10 positions are related to the pharmaceutical industry, and 3 work in healthcare.

Here is the list of the top 10 highest paying professions in Charlotte, according to Glassdoor:

#10 Corporate Controller

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A corporate controller oversees all the financial and accounting functions of a given organization, including billing, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, and other functions.

Average salary – $110,855

Browse available Corporate Controller jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#9 R&D Manager

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R&D management is the discipline of designing and leading R&D processes, managing R&D organizations, and ensuring smooth transfer of new know-how and technology to other groups or departments involved in innovation.

Average salary – $111,905

Browse available R&D manager jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#8 Applications Development Manager

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This is an IT positions, responsible for managing a team of analysts or dedicated developers to create and implement new technology applications and IT interfaces.

Average salary – $112,045

Browse available Applications Development Manager jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#7 Physician Assistant

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A physician assistant or physician associate is a healthcare professional who practices medicine as a part of a healthcare team with supervising physicians and other providers.

Average salary – $112,529

Browse available Physician Assistant jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#6 Architect

Modern day architects participate in almost ever aspect of a construction project – planning, designing, and reviewing the construction of buildings.

Average salary – $112,560

Browse available Architect jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#5 Pharmacist

Pharmacists do much more than simply hand out drugs – they must understand the biochemical mechanisms and actions of drugs, drug uses, therapeutic roles, as well as their side effects and potential drug interactions, in order to effectively monitor patient dosing.

Average salary – $125,847

Browse available pharmacist jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#4 Medical Science Liaison

The Medical Science Liaison (MSL) is a specific role within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, CRO and other health-care industries. They work throughout a product’s lifecycle, help to ensure that products are utilized effectively, serve as scientific peers and resources within the medical community, and are scientific experts to internal colleagues at companies.

Average salary – $132,842

Browse available Medical Science Liaison jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#3 Patent Attorney

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Patent attorneys are legal professionals who specialize in patent law. They are responsible for helping clients secure patents to protect their inventions.

Average salary – $139,272

Browse available patent attorney jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#2 Pharmacy Manager


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One step up from a pharmacist, pharmacy managers oversee and direct operations of the in-store pharmacy and other areas of the warehouse. Monitors department performance as Pharmacist-in-Charge.

Average salary – $149,064

Browse available Pharmacy Manager jobs around the Charlotte region here.

#1 Doctor

Between Carolina Medical Center, Novant Health, and OrthoCarolina, the Charlotte region employs thousands of medical doctors, making up the highest paying profession in our region.

Average salary – $187,876

Browse available physician jobs around the Charlotte region here.