15 Most Lucrative Jobs in the Tech Industry

Editors' pick: Originally published August 18.

Which jobs in the tech industry can make you the most money without breaking into the C-suite? Aspiring techies may want to consider becoming a UI/UX designer or sales engineer, for starters.

These two specialties are among the most lucrative jobs in the tech industry, according to data provided to TheStreet from Comparably.com. The site, launched in March, allows employees to see how much their peers are getting paid and to rate their companies.

Check out the list of top-earning tech jobs. The data excludes C-suite level compensation.

15. Developer
15. Developer

Average Salary: $96,220.28
Average Bonus: $12,358.32
Average Total Compensation: $102,625.14

A developer is a broad term for anyone involved in software or Web development.

Software developers create applications that allow users to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. They also develop the underlying systems that control networks and devices.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of software developers will grow 17% over the 10-year period through 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, due to growing demand for computer software.

Employment of Web developers, who design and create Web sites, is projected to grow 27% through 2024, due to the growing popularity of mobile devices and e-commerce, said the BLS.

14. Human Resources Manager
14. Human Resources Manager

Average Salary: $98,893.25
Average Bonus: $13,129.58
Average Total Compensation: $106,860.77

Human resource managers "plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The BLS projects that employment of human resource managers will grow 9% over the 10-year period through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, to "ensure firms adhere to changing and complex employment laws."

13. Senior Designer
13. Senior Designer

Average Salary: $109,901.03
Average Bonus: $14,653.16
Average Total Compensation: $117,422.99

The role of designer is increasing in importance within software development as the worlds of design and technology blur due to the growing impact of the user experience, according to a presentation given by Silicon Valley graphic designer and computer scientist John Maeda to students at the University of California Berkeley in 2015.

"Design is moving from 'nice-to-have' to 'need-to-have,'" Maeda said, according to The Daily Californian. "We can no longer tolerate a poor experience." 

In the startup world, more than 80% of new firms have designers on their teams, the article said.

12. Mobile Developer
12. Mobile Developer

Average Salary: $111,140.05
Average Bonus: $16,225.41
Average Total Compensation: $117,727.81

A mobile application developer is in high demand these days, given that revenue from the mobile app industry is set to top $46 billion this year, according to Schools.com, citing ABI Research.

But first, future app developers should consider a degree in computer science or software engineering, along with taking specialized courses geared toward mobile app development.

While the BLS doesn't break out mobile developers in its Occupational Outlook Handbook, it's safe to say that a mobile app developer will also have strong job prospects going forward.

11. Senior UI/UX designer
11. Senior UI/UX designer

Average Salary: $116,038
Average Bonus: $12,438.95
Average Total Compensation: $121,946.50

UI, or user interface, and UX, or user experience, designers are specialized designers in the tech industry.

"UX designers take a product or a system -- such as a website, for example -- and design it in a way that's appealing and functional for users," according to Schools.com.

The career is still relatively new, so not many college degrees specialize in UX design, but employers will consider other degrees such as design, information architecture, cognitive psychology and computer science, Schools.com said. The role is highly technical.

UI/UX designers are commonly blurred together at some companies. Whereas a UX designer is concerned with how the product feels, a UI designer is concerned with how the product is laid out, according to Fast Company.

10. DevOps
10. DevOps

Average Salary: $117,616.84
Average Bonus: $12,869.42
Average Total Compensation: $124,927.63

DevOps, or development and operations, is a fairly recent trend in the software community. "Born of the need to improve IT service delivery agility, the DevOps movement emphasizes communication, collaboration and integration between software developers and IT operations," according to New Relic, a San Francisco-based software analytics company.

"Rather than seeing these two groups as silos who pass things along but don't really work together, DevOps recognizes the interdependence of software development and IT operations and helps an organization produce software and IT services more rapidly, with frequent iterations," the New Relic post said.

Engineers who work in this new field likely will see strong job potential as more companies see the need for this tech specialization.

9. Project Manager
9. Project Manager

Average Salary: $116,703.79
Average Bonus: $17,625.52
Average Total Compensation: $127,652.98

Project managers may not have the sexiest of titles or responsibilities within the tech industry, but it would be difficult to launch a new product or service without them. The project manager is in charge of "project proposals, plans, status reports and change requests," according to a post by the Houston Chronicle.

They will also need to have good people skills and negotiating skills as being a project manager means knowing how to coordinate the work of multiple employees as well as problem solving skills.

8. Senior Marketing Manager
8. Senior Marketing Manager

Average Salary: $118,127.57
Average Bonus: $17,080.30
Average Total Compensation: $130,255.59

Marketing managers are responsible for planning the marketing strategy and programs for a company. The role can include product development, trend monitoring, brand management, customer targeting and acquisition, among other things.

Marketing managers are grouped together with advertising and promotions managers by the BLS. Together, the group is projected to have employment growth of 9% through 2024, slightly faster than average, as companies look to take market share.

7. Sales Representative
7. Sales Representative

Average Salary: $78,609.75
Average Bonus: $60,841.21
Average Total Compensation: $131,964.44

Sales representatives within the tech industry are among the best paid of the sales professions. Tech companies need employees who are skilled at selling their product or service -- in many cases to corporate customers that need tailored solutions and support in a variety of areas like software, mobile applications, and cloud-based platforms.

6. Data Scientist
6. Data Scientist

Average Salary: $122,356.37
Average Bonus: $21,284.69
Average Total Compensation: $135,450.98

A data scientist is among the best jobs in America for 2016.

"Similar to a business/data analyst, data scientists [combine] knowledge of computer science and applications, modelling, statistics, analytics and math to uncover insights in data," according to I Programmer, an online magazine for programmers.

Employment growth is strong for data scientists. The rise of big data means there is a growing need for professionals who can interpret the data.

Harvard Business Review has dubbed the profession the "sexiest job of the 21st century."

5. Senior Developer
5. Senior Developer

Average Salary: $126,663.10
Average Bonus: $19,338.86
Average Total Compensation: $138,234.22

"Developer" is a broad term for anyone involved in software or Web development, and a the "senior" designation denotes that the worker has taken a lead role.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of software developers will grow 17% over the 10-year period through 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations, due to growing demand for computer software.

Employment of Web developers, which design and create Web sites, is projected to grow 27% through 2024 due to the growing popularity of mobile devices and e-commerce.

4. Lead Engineer
4. Lead Engineer

Average Salary: $134,748.01
Average Bonus: $16,580.14
Average Total Compensation: $143,921.79

The lead engineer, whose alternate titles include lead software engineer and lead programmer, is in charge of one or more projects at a company.

"As a Lead Software Engineer, you have a hand in every step of the company's software development process. You analyze current programs and consider ways to improve them. This often requires you, the Lead Software Engineer, to run tests, make changes, and document any updates," according to Inside Jobs.

The job also requires you to have strong communication skills as you will likely be talking to other programmers, managers, executives and possibly clients.

3. Sales Manager
3. Sales Manager

Average Salary: $101,899.23
Average Bonus: $51,843.01
Average Total Compensation: $145,807.08

Sales managers are in charge of a firm's sales team. These professionals "set sales goals, analyze data and develop training programs" for sales representatives, the BLS said.

Sales manager employment is projected to grow by 5% through 2024, about as fast as average for all occupations.

2. Creative Director
2. Creative Director

Average Salary: $136,573.01
Average Bonus: $19,913.54
Average Total Compensation: $146,886.79

A creative director is typically leading the branding and conceptualization of specific products and services for an organization. Creative directors are often thought of in the arts, music, fashion and advertising world, but tech companies are also using them. 

"The creative director typically thinks through the early phase of the project to develop the concept," according to The Houston Chronicle

1. Sales Engineer
1. Sales Engineer

Average Salary: $122,110.18
Average Bonus: $38,589.20
Average Total Compensation: $157,510.19

Sales engineer is the most lucrative tech job on Comparably's list.

Sales engineers sell "complex scientific and technological products or services" to other businesses. These professionals must have "extensive knowledge of the products' parts and functions and must understand the scientific processes that make these products work," said the BLS.

The BLS projects employment of sales engineers to rise just 7% through 2024, which is about as fast as average for all occupations but much slower growth compared with some of its tech-job brethren. That said, as more high-tech products come to market, sales engineers will be in demand to sell these products as well as related services.

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