Companies that Pay the Highest Salaries

When you have to go and find a job, you might want to consider which companies, in your field, are known for offering the best pay. After all, if you are able to get the job, then you will have it made for as long as you keep the job.

Every year Fortune puts out several well-respected business lists. One of their lists is the 100 Best Companies to Work For, which also presents information about which companies offer the biggest salaries. Here is some information about some of the companies in the best top 10 categories.

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Law Firms – Surprisingly, as many as six of the top 10 best companies were law firms. The number one company on the list is Baker Donelson, which has average pay of over $319,000. The other law firms in the top 10 include Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (over $245,000), Bingham McCutchen (over $233,000), Alston & Bird (over $185,000), Perkins Coie and Arnold & Porter (both over $170,000).

Software Companies – At the top of the software companies is, which stands in the number two position on the Best Companies List, and it makes CRM software. The company has done very well and its average salary is more than $249,000. Another software company is Brocade Communications Systems which makes devices that connect servers to storage centers. This company is number 10 on Fortune‘s List.

Energy Companies – The only other type of companies in the best top 10 is two energy companies. In the highest position in the category is Devon Energy, which is ranked number 4 on the list. This company also has the honor of having never had to lay off any employees, even during the recent economic problems the nation has seen. The average salary there is more than $187,000. The other energy company is EOG Resources, which had an average salary of more than $171,000.

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More Software Companies – Adobe Systems offers an average salary of over $153,000 for its senior computer scientist. This best company placed 42 on Forbes‘s Best Company list. Cisco is another one in this category, and it paid almost $136,000 as an average to its software engineers. It was number 16 on the list and there were some layoffs.

Biotech – Genentech is the top ranking best company at number 19 on the list. It paid an average salary of $150,000. Roche purchased the company, and each employee received nice retention bonuses.

Consulting – The Boston Consulting Group is at the top of the consulting category, at number 13 on the list of top paying jobs. The average salary is almost $140,000. Starting salary is in the six digits.

There are many other companies, as well as categories, in this list of the highest paying jobs. Be sure to look at the list before you apply for your next job.

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