More people are telecommuting than ever before. While the practice definitely provides workers with increased flexibility, it can also help them bring in some serious cash.
Researchers at Global Workplace Analytics, an organization focused on studying labor practices, and job site FlexJobs, analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and found that the number of workers telecommuting has increased by more than 115 percent since 2005. According to the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce report, the average telecommuter is over the age of 46, has a bachelor's degree or more, and earns an average of $4,000 more a year than office workers with similar roles.
Remote employee resource site Remote.co combed through the report to find the remote jobs with the highest potential salaries. Check out these eight remote jobs that can pay over $100,000:
Salary range: $46,129 – $109,295
Job description: "The person chosen as project manager will be a part of the instructional design and delivery team, with duties including leading project teams in the curriculum development and creation, keeping projects within their scope, schedule and budget."
Salary range: $94,103 – $114,339
Job description: "This role will become part of a new team of experienced engineers dedicated to solving user problems and automating internal processes through the development of new tools and systems."
Salary range: $47,870 – $116,507
Job description: "This position is responsible for the strategy, development and growth of a specific sales channel, leveraging existing partnerships, and growing additional partnerships nationwide."
Salary range: $77,801 – $135,272
Job description: "Senior designers with experience working with researchers, developers and software engineers to deliver web applications and services."
Salary range: $91,956 – $164,839
Job description: "Customer- and sales-oriented professionals with strong technical solutions experience are sought for this position, where they will work closely with customers and technical project managers to craft solutions in areas like product development, data integration, and other complex implementations."
Salary range: $95,857 – $175,936
Job description: "The person chosen for this role will be responsible for developing and managing the go-to-market strategy for a specific product line, including defining the program strategy, positioning, key messages and collateral, and more."
Salary range: $80,570 – $197,106
Job description: "The VP of marketing analytics will be responsible for launching this line of business, including the design and structure of the team, its strategy and the growth of the brand."
Salary range: $77,755 – $202,779
Job description: "In this role, the vice president will be responsible for a designated market unit's growth, including achieving or exceeding sales targets, being a trusted advisor, working closely with executive-level stakeholders and maintaining powerful long-term relationships."
Sales and marketing skills are valuable among these high-paying flexible jobs. Vice President of Sales tops the list as the potentially highest-paying flexible job. Remote.co reports that the salary for a Vice President of Sales can range from $77,755 to $202,779. Vice President of Marketing Analytics, a job that can pay between $80,570 and $197,106, came in second.
Though $200,000 may seem like a high price for an employer to pay for a remote employee, Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs, says that allowing employees to work remotely can be a wise business decision for employers.
"More and more companies — whether they're private, public, nonprofit or startup — have recognized the bottom-line benefits of telecommuting and are increasingly incorporating this type of flexible work arrangement into their business strategies," she explains.
For workers, the convenience of deciding where, when and how they want to work is a big bonus — but making six-figures might be the biggest bonus of all.
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