5 Highest Paying Jobs in the Public Sector

By: The Resume Chick 

Ever thought of working in the public sector? If you are in need of higher income, you might want to consider applying for a job in this area. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of jobs in this sector that pay higher salaries compared to that given by private companies; especially if you pursue the following fields:

  1. Engineers, Architects. State and federal governments usually have a lot of infrastructure projects and expect them to be finished on time, within budget and in the best quality.  The average starting salary for engineers is around $45,000; 5 to 10 years of experience gets them up to $60,000 – $80,000; it can get up to over $110,000 with more than 10 years of experience. Architects on the other hand have a median salary of approximately $77,000; average salary may vary from $42,000 to $120,000 per year.


  1. Lawyers.  Excellent lawyers in the public sector enter into various agreements, contracts, and prepare memorandums on behalf of the government. In most cities, entry level salary at public defender’s office is under $40,000; at the Department of Justice, it starts under $50,000. Generally, the salary range for most lawyers working in various government agencies is from $57,063 to $106,165.


  1. Computer and Information Systems Manager. The rate of data flowing in and out of the public sector is exceedingly high; they need people who are good at data processing, systems analysis, and information systems to handle all information and data gathered.  Every office in all branches and departments of the government require intricate but efficient computer programs or databases for storage and retrieval at a particular time. Many of these data are also sensitive and need to be handled by highly competent people to ensure their security. The federal government pays Information Systems Managers $63,170 to $100,639; state and local jurisdictions varies from $57,728 to $92,524.


  1. Medical Examiners. They have very significant roles; their expertise is often used as hard evidence in winning so many criminal cases. Medical examiners in federal government can earn between $28,500 and $87,429; while those working in local governments can expect a salary of $33,064 to $65,854. Chief medical examiners can command as high as $200,000.


  1. Financial Analysts/Comptrollers. Financial records in the public sector must be updated and organized for easy retrieval just like any organization.  Aside form their usual roles, financial analysts/comptrollers examine or explore financial strategies that would make the institution or department more efficient and cost-effective. A financial analyst in the public sector has a salary range of $44,120 – $63,100; Senior Financial Analysts earn between $63,125 and $86,969. Comptrollers earn $74,872 – $97,333, but may go as high as $174,000 with greater years of experience.


Before seeking high paying jobs in the public sector, you have to consider the amount of pressure and expectation that these jobs may demand from you when you start working for the government.  If this is a challenge you are willing to accept, then you know the rewards for all your hard work will be equally satisfying and sustaining.  Good luck with your search!

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