Surprising jobs with $150,000 salaries

From design leads to relationship executives, there are a ton of unexpected jobs offering high salary growth and pay.

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High-paying jobs are becoming more diverse, new data has found. (Source: Getty)

You don’t have to become a doctor or a lawyer to rake in the cash, with new data revealing some of the more surprising high-paying jobs.

SEEK found there were a number of diverse roles that had experienced strong average advertised salary growth in the past 12 months, which were also raking in more than $150,000 per year.

Topping the list was transmission engineers, who are responsible for monitoring and maintaining transmission lines. The job has experienced a 35 per cent year-on-year growth - more than seven times the 4.6 per cent average - with an average salary of $166,914.

Next on the list were technical managers in insurance and superannuation, earning $153,694 per year, with a 31 per cent yearly growth.

Rounding out the top three were relationship executives in the banking and financial services. These were the highest paid on the list, with an average advertised salary of $172,565 and a 26 per cent year-on-year growth.

Top 10 jobs

Here were the top 10 jobs on the unique and unexpected side, which experienced strong advertised salary growth and earned above $150,000.

  1. Transmission Engineer, Engineering - $166,914, 35 per cent growth

  2. Technical Manager, Insurance & Superannuation - $153,694, 31 per cent growth

  3. Relationship Executive, Banking & Financial Services - $172,656, 26 per cent growth

  4. Acquisition Manager, Real Estate & Property - $160,393, 22 per cent growth

  5. Assessor, Information & Communication Technology - $160,940, 21 per cent growth

  6. Wintel Engineer, Information & Communication Technology - $152,219, 17 per cent growth

  7. Rural Manager, Banking & Financial Services - $163,010, 16 per cent growth

  8. Design Lead, Design & Architecture - $158,298 - 15 per cent growth

  9. Designer, Mining, Resources & Energy - $158,996, 15 per cent growth

  10. Pricing Manager, Accounting - $150,959, 11 per cent growth

High volume of jobs available

SEEK’s head of customer insights and strategy, Aimee Hutton, said the volume of jobs being advertised was helping drive positive salary growth, with ads up 0.8 per cent month on month.

“It is a really great time if you are looking to change jobs, with the diversity in roles that are out there and the diversity of skills that employers are looking for,” Hutton told Yahoo Finance.

She said the roles with greater earning potential were becoming increasingly diverse, and this reflected the wide range of skills that were in demand.

“If you think about technology or construction resources, there is huge demand for those roles. That growth or demand is extending through to roles that put things like project management and people management front and centre,” Hutton said.

“It really opens up possibilities around what you could be earning and where your skills and experience could take you. It breaks down those traditional pathways to entry to a role.”

Hutton recommended Aussies considering a career change think beyond your current job title and industry, and look for jobs relevant to your skills and experience.

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