It may seem like Silicon Valley is full of famous college dropouts, but they are the exception to the rule. Going to college pays off, and to land a job at one of the most coveted tech employers, you'll need to hit the books. For instance, 36 percent of jobs at Snap Inc. require a master's degree.
Comparably analyzed over 1,800 salary records from tech workers who have never graduated from college. They found that employees with these 10 jobs make over $100,000 a year, on average:
Job description: "IT managers implement and maintain a company's information technology."
Average salary for workers without a degree: $100,177
Job description: "Workers in product management outline a strategy and roadmap for products that the engineering team will build. "
Average salary for workers without a degree: $101,421
Job description: "High-ranking executive that steers the marketing efforts of a company. "
Average salary for workers without a degree: $114,987
Job description: "A challenging job to fill, the DevOps engineer uses a variety of technologies and programs to automate systems and manage software deployments. "
Average salary for workers without a degree: $121,262
Job description: "High-ranking executive in charge of an organization's information technology. "
Average salary for workers without a degree: $122,532
Job description: "An experienced engineer with management skills, this person leads teams of engineers through the completion of projects."
Average salary for workers without a degree: $132,856
Job description: "Architects define the overarching structure, specs, and guidelines of software programs and systems. "
Average salary for workers without a degree: $143,879
Job description: "Combining technological knowledge with sales skills, sales engineers sell complex tech-based products and services to companies. "
Average salary for workers without a degree: $148,726
Job description: "High-level executives that manage the sales strategy of tech products and services. "
Average salary for workers without a degree: $165,579
Job description: "VPs of Engineering predominantly focus primarily on managing engineers and product delivery. "
Average salary for workers without a degree: $178,062
Even though employees without a college degree earned over $100,000 in the roles, Comparably found that not all workers were compensated equally. Comparably's analysis showed that men earned much more than women in all of these roles except IT manager and VP of engineering. It also illustrated that Caucasian and Asian employees constantly outearned their African American and Latino counterparts.
Location also greatly affected how much workers with these roles were compensated. Comparably found that overall, San Francisco offered tech workers the highest salaries and that director of sales is the highest-earning role in most cities. In fact, tech workers with the title director of sales earned $207,711 on average in San Francisco.
The highest paying role for workers without a college diploma in San Francisco however, was actually VP of engineering. Workers with this title reportedly earn $237,233, if they live in the city by the bay.
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