How To Get a Higher Paying Job

1. Utilize job boards

Knowing where to start may be the most difficult thing in your job hunt, but job boards can simplify the process and help you reach your new higher-income job ASAP!

To effectively utilize popular job boards like Indeed, SimplyHired, and Monster, start by narrowing your search criteria.

Most sites offer an “Advanced Search” option, where you can select details like location, industry, and salary to produce a focused list of results. Using this feature is one of the best ways you can ensure that you are only applying for jobs that match who you are as a candidate.

17. Consider your body language

When it comes to body language, there are good habits and there are bad ones. Karen Burns, author of the Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, says:

“Don’t jiggle your knee, kick the desk, twirl your hair, check your cellphone, play with your pen, stare off into space, or bite your nails.”

As you prepare for your interview, make sure you’re aware of any irritating tendencies you may have and practice the positive habits instead. 

Nod. Maintain eye contact and good posture. Smile.


22. Judges: $148,030

Judges don't only swing the gavel. They preside over hearings, determine the relevance of information presented, apply laws and precedents to seek judgments, and write opinions on their decisions regarding cases and disputes.

Judges are also required to guide a jury when a jury is selected to decide the case. When there is no jury, the judge makes the final ruling. They ensure that hearings and trials are conducted fairly and that the legal rights of all involved parties are protected.

  • Education — Many judges were successful as lawyers before they became judges. Law school is a requirement for the position, as well as a clean record of practicing. Most judges are appointed or elected, which means there is a fair bit of politics when it comes to pursuing the bench, taking terms between 4 and 14 years. Certain judges are appointed for life.
  • Job Outlook — The job growth rate for judges is slower than the average of all occupations. Judges can expect to see a growth of 3% from 2020 to 2030, significantly slower than the national average of 8%.

14. Plumber

Median salary: $56,330 Education needed: high school diploma, apprenticeship Job growth: 4%

Plumbers install and repair piping systems in homes, factories and businesses. Because plumbers often respond to urgent calls (nothing is worse than a busted toilet!), they’re expected to work occasional nights and weekends.   

12. Pediatricians (General): $198,420

Pediatricians—physicians who specifically treat children—make less than internists and general practitioners but are still among the highest-paid professionals. These general practitioners perform checkups and exams for younger patients, treat common ailments, and administer immunizations. They often refer patients to a specialist when their health issues are more complex.

Pediatricians require strong critical-thinking skills, especially given the large number of patients they often serve, as well as excellent interpersonal skills and empathy.

  • Education — After medical school, pediatricians enter residency programs that allow them to develop their skills in a clinical environment. They must pass licensing exams to practice, and most receive board certification to boost their prospects in the job market.
  • Job Outlook — There are currently around 30,200 pediatricians practicing in the United States, although the BLS expects that number to drop by 2% between 2020 and 2030.

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Funeral service managers

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Median annual wage: $78,040Projected job growth through 2026: 7 percent

Overseeing the operations of a funeral home may seem a morbid job, but it is a highly rewarding one. These managers need to not only be skilled in handling typical business tasks like staffing, marketing and maintaining revenue, but also at offering counsel and support to grieving families, arranging for the removal of the deceased's body, preparing the deceased for the funeral, and filing death certificates and other legal documents with appropriate authorities.

Typically, an associate's degree in funeral service or mortuary science is all the education that's needed to become a funeral service worker. On the job training, however, is also important, as those studying to be funeral directors and morticians must one to three year-long internships and pass a state and/or national board exam.

4. Take advantage of cross-training opportunities

In order to make yourself more valuable to potential employers, you should make it a priority to find opportunities to cross-train in your current position. Learning what it takes to work in a different department within your company is a great way to learn new skills and increase your value at your current company. Cross-training will also teach you valuable skills that could set you apart from other applicants when you go to apply for your dream job, and it will show potential employers your flexibility, your willingness to learn, and your adaptability to new situations, which can help increase your earnings potential. 

19. Real Estate Agent

Median salary: $51,220 Education needed: high school diploma, licensing requirements vary by state Job growth: 2% 

Real estate agents (or brokers) work with clients to buy and sell homes. The neat thing about real estate is that it’s commission-based, so you eat what you kill. You can put in lots of hours and effort to grow your business, or you can work on a more flexible and part-time schedule. To really succeed as a real estate agent, you must enjoy sales and working with people. 

Power distributors and dispatchers

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Median annual wage: $82,510Projected job growth through 2026: -3 percent

Also known as systems operators, these workers control the flow of electricity as it travels from generating stations to substations and users. They monitor current converters, voltage transformers, and circuit breakers over a network of transmission and distribution lines as well as resolve problems such as transformer or transmission line failures.

To become a power plant distributor or dispatcher, you'll need a high school diploma combined with several years of onsite training and experience. Those whose work could affect the power grid may require certification through the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's System Operator Certification Program.

Research companies financial health

Before you begin applying to jobs, create a list of prospective employers that are hiring that you’d like to work for and do an analysis of each company’s financial health and stability. The better off they are financially, the more likely they are to pay employees well.

You can research this a few ways. If it’s a public company, look at its recent quarterly earnings reports to see profit margins and net sales. (Those are good indicators of financial growth.)

If it’s a private business, you may have to do a little more digging by looking at company reviews on kununu to see if the company is known for good compensation and career development.

How to get a higher paying job

When looking for a higher-paying job, it's important to plan out your approach to maximize your chances of success. These steps can help you to find a higher paying position:

1. Excel in your current position

A track record of getting good results can help you leverage your eligibility for a raise. By doing your job well, you show that you are a talented and valuable employee. This not only serves as an excellent way to seek a raise in your current position but also provides a boost to any search for a new job with higher compensation.

2. Make professional connections

If you need a higher-paying job, one of the most valuable resources to have is a contact list full of other professionals you know personally and who are in a position to help you. Networking can also help you in your current position through advice and assistance that helps you to meet and exceed your expectations and raises your performance levels to further boost your job search.

3. Build your skills

Often when looking to move on to a job that pays better, you will be required to assume new roles and responsibilities that you're not asked to accomplish in your current position. When learning how to get higher-paying jobs, adding new skills and abilities to your repertoire is an excellent way to land a job that offers greater compensation.

If you have a specific field you are looking to advance in, take note of the positions that you'd be looking to apply to and see what skills are necessary. Any skills you don't currently have should be your focus to ensure that you're ready to apply, should a suitable listing be posted.

4. Take on new responsibilities

In addition to building the skills required to take on a higher paying job, it is helpful to be able to point to experience with roles that you'll be expected to fill in a higher paying job. Seek out new responsibilities at your current job that allow you to demonstrate skills that are not currently on display with your current position.

When applying for new jobs that pay more, you can point to these added responsibilities as a sign that you are being underutilized in your current position. You may also be able to use your new responsibilities at your current job to make it your new higher-paying job by seeking out a raise that aligns with your new workload.

5. Research your current salary

It's important to know how much other people with comparable roles to you are making, both at your current employer and in the industry at large, as it helps you to determine if you are being fairly compensated or not. In addition to talking with coworkers about compensation packages, you can search for information about salaries on Indeed to determine if you are being paid in line with others in your position. The more you know about your current compensation equity, the better positioned you are to find an opportunity that pays more and is in line with what you deserve.

Related: How To Ask for a Raise

6. Discuss internal options

Finding a new job that pays more doesn't have to mean going outside of your current employer and applying for a job at a new company. Many companies prefer to promote from within when filling mid- and senior-level positions, so asking about your promotion options can be an effective way to seek out a higher-paying position.

If the company you are working at is not currently looking to fill any higher positions, you may still be able to use discussions to secure an inside track for the next opening or to earn a raise that turns your current job into a higher paying job. All of the same methods you would use to find a higher paying job outside of your current employer also help when seeking these internal solutions.

Read more: 9 Tips on How To Get Promoted at Work

7. Check job listings

When the company you are working for is not able to meet your goals of finding a higher-paying job, then you need to look at jobs with a new employer. Expanding your search to new opportunities comes with a range of options, from looking for a comparable position that pays more to seeking a promotion with a new employer or even changing industries.

The new skills and responsibilities you have worked to build make you a more appealing applicant for any jobs you find, while the contacts you have made may be able to point you in the direction of an opportunity or serve as a reference when applying. By working to build your status before your search for higher-paying work, you increase your chances of finding an improved offer.

8. Update your resume and apply

Providing an up-to-date resume is essential when applying for higher-paying jobs, as this provides you with the opportunity to include the new skills you've learned and responsibilities you took on at your current job. When sending out your resume for job listings, you should also take the time to customize the contents for each job. First, create a master version, then save a new copy for each job, tweaking the skills and responsibilities highlighted to match those that are referenced in the job listing to leave a strong impression on the reader.

Read more: Understanding the Process of Negotiation

Cross-train to expand your skill set

One of the best ways to strengthen your resume is to demonstrate you’ve pushed yourself to learn skills to boost your areas of expertise. But in order to achieve that, you’ll need to create cross-training opportunities for yourself, says Teri DePuy, a Colorado-based career coach at ICC Innovate Coach Consult. “You don’t just want to go to your boss and say, ‘I want to learn more about our marketing department,’” DePuy says.

A better tactic, says DePuy, is to ask for your boss’ permission to work on a specific project or task—and offer something in return. For instance, “Bob in IT is willing to let me shadow him for a day. Can I do that and then share with our team what I learned?”

The Importance of Self-Awareness

In today’s crazy-busy world, we sometimes don’t stop long enough to think about ourselves. Yet self-awareness is the first and most important element in recognizing what you need to live a happy, fulfilling life. Self-Awareness is strongly connected to understanding and developing emotional intelligence. Taking time to self-reflect will help you assess what you love doing, what you do best and what shortcomings you may have. It also should include examining your integrity – identifying the core beliefs and values that strengthen it. This assessment can give you a road map to improving the skills you need to have the job you love.

8. Dont Limit Your Search

As you begin searching for your dream job, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the number of openings in your industry. However, while you may think that the easiest way to find the job you want would be to narrow down openings by job title, this could severely limit your search. The fact is that companies classify positions differently, and the high-paying position you wanted may not have the title you thought. When looking for jobs in your industry, it is important that you take the time to read job descriptions and experience requirements. You may find that your dream job is actually hiding under a different title than you thought, and you could miss out on a great opportunity if you let job titles discourage you from applying.  

If you are looking to make a career move in hopes of finding a high-paying position you actually enjoy, you will need to take certain steps to ensure your application stands out from the crowd. At Pathstream, we offer a range of courses and certificates that can help you gain the skills and experience hiring managers in your industry are looking for, which could help you land your dream job.