10 best-paying companies in America

The median salary at these employers -- largely technology and consulting firms -- easily tops $100,000 a year.

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Mar 24, 2014 10:01PM
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So here is a little fact for all you fools who have the "oh just go to college and get a job" mentality.  you know who you are..the snobs who think they have all the answers and actually have no clue how things in this day and age work.....According to the number of employees these companies employ (TOTAL 93,728 and half of that is google) the chance a COLLEGE GRADUATE has of getting hired at ANY OF THEM...repeat:  ANY ONE OF THESE COMPANIES no matter what your grades, is 0.0030% that you will get one of these jobs and that number is derived from the dept. of educations recent list of students enrolled currently in business classes of all USA colleges (30.7million) So for all of you people like DAN MAC 2 saying...Just apply yourself and get a good education is all it takes  yeah GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!  The real facts are these:  Less then 30% of ALL college GRADUATES will find employment in a professional field after graduation...Of those 30% LESS THAN 20% will find a job in their true field of study.  Most will either end up in lower paying jobs in a "fringe" position of what they went to college for (think customer service support with their 4 yr. sociology or management degree) unemployed or more then likely in a continuous re-enrollment into more college courses (trying to keep the hope alive).  It takes more then just an education it takes connections, family giving you a job and even just plain luck now a day.  there are MILLIONS of people out there smarter, more skilled, more educated then YOU that are unemployed or yes...flipping burgers!  Take your heads out of your ****'s and see what the way of the land is now and not what it was 30 or 40 yrs ago when you could walk out of college and had endless opportunities starring you in the face!  GET REAL!
Mar 25, 2014 1:37AM
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Maybe there should be a "politicians make 10% above the median wage" of the distric, city, county, or state they serve LAW? And pay their own health insurance?

Apr 8, 2014 6:00AM
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To Case1002,


No dipstick, you don't have to quit your job and go back to school.  Try working two jobs and go back to school.  Or do what I did--  work three jobs and go back to school.  Too much for you?  Of course it is.  You expect to be handed a piece of what others have worked hard for.  We don't have a feudal work force.  You can do and/or become anything you want in this country--  just requires a whole lot of hard work.

Mar 24, 2014 8:24PM
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All of these positions require skills and expertise that is hard to come by. Advanced degrees and/or practical knowledge that your average Joe does not possess.   That is the key.   Flipping burgers at McD's not so much.   Get it?
Apr 8, 2014 10:34AM
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I think it is interesting that none of these companies manufacture anything. Manufacturing is what made the USA into the great country it was. We have left that behind and now give all the money to people that do nothing other than give advice to other people that give advice and it is all tied to the banking business. All the manufacturing has gone overseas or into companies in the US that do not have Unions. Is there a message there?
Mar 24, 2014 8:20PM
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Looks good to me, but still way behind most political positions across America.... What's wrong with this picture?  
Mar 25, 2014 3:52PM
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I am not sure what this article really means, since the total number of people they employ is a VERY small percentage of the USA work force. Also the chance of getting a job at one of them is very low even if you have a great education. The competition is EXTREMELY high.  
Apr 8, 2014 7:58AM
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So the lesson here is if you go to college and get a challenging degree like computer science or finance, you make good money, but if you drop out of high school and get a job flipping burgers, you don't make a "living wage".

 

Hmmmm....

Apr 8, 2014 11:04AM
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Ok people degrees are a dime a dozen!!! The people who make the real money are the ones who have a skilled trade!! (welders, machinists, etc..)  What young America needs to do is rethink the whole traditional college thing.  We have been made to believe that going and getting a degree is the only way to make a living.  Well when I see jobs posted for 12 bucks an hour that require a degree, I laugh and think "damn they should of went to trade school"
Apr 8, 2014 7:58AM
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Income is really relevant to where you live and the cost to live there ... It is very expensive to live in San Fran so I would expect pay to be higher there .... There are some parts of the country where people can live comfortably on $20,000 a year ... everything is relevant .... not that I wouldn't like to make $100K .... I'm just saying ....
Apr 8, 2014 11:30AM
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A lot of whiners here.  Some of you are downright ignorant.  If you go to college (and some people shouldn't) and work your butt off to be better than everyone else, you could get one of these jobs.  A guarantee?  Of course not but it does take a lot of work.  It seems many of you just think you should be able to do the minimum and get a great job.  And just a little heads up, when you get out of college, you don't get the upper management job.  You have to start at the bottom unless you graduated at the top of your class.  If you want to make a lot of money, you have to work at it, really hard.  No other way to do it.
Apr 8, 2014 10:37AM
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as far as unions go . I am 73 now I worked in communications for 25 years. I was union for 25 years and when I retired 13 years ago I at 17.36 hr. my retirement now is very good. I have the so called BAD unions to thank for that. as far as walmart goes I work there for something to do and I like to be around ppl.  No I don't take their insurance because I have my own (from my ex comp that I retired from. the ppl that ihave met at walmart are citizens like most of the rest of the ppl that live in the usa.  ohh im also retired from the us army. but for the walmart and union bashers out there.. hope you realize not everyone is like you and like to bash other ppl for where they may work or what their views are.


Apr 8, 2014 5:33AM
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What about people who study, are talented in, and are interested in stuff OTHER than IT and 'business'? Good to see one medical corp. up there, though...
Apr 8, 2014 10:01AM
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First of all,not everyone can go to college . The reasons are ovious . Could you imagine a society with all professional people ?  Who would do the dirty work ?  The current wages for this class of worker is insulting . Period ! 

Mar 25, 2014 11:32AM
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Obviously not all Walmart workers are complaining.  Seems the others are just not qualified to take advantage of the higher paying opportunities in the e-commerce division.  Maybe they are qualified for jobs at one of these other companies.

Apr 8, 2014 9:08AM
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Liberal Thinking. I SHOULD MAKE WHAT EVERYONE ELSE MAKES.

You Know what ,Go out and Start a Business and Pay everyone the Same Salary that you pay Yourself.

The Problem is, The 99% listen to their Liberal Leaders WHO ARE ALL MILLIONARES and are always talking about the Rich. All Of Obama's Friends are RICH, Some are even in PRISON. How come your not making what Pelosi and Reid are Making. I Know some of you are Smarter than Both of them. You have to be,.

Apr 8, 2014 11:24AM
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looking at the raw numbers u are correct for the highest paying. If you are single, qualify, and are willing to move, you should take advantage of these companies.

BUT, people usually have blinders on, these are the HIGHEST TAXED areas in the country, CA, IL, and NY. Be ready to hit the 50% plus tax brackets, plus the higher cost of living, then see how highly paid you are?

BIG GOVERNMENT at work reaching into your'  pocket

Mar 31, 2014 5:27AM
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I'm not surprised that you can advance so quickly at Booz and Co,  Snowden went from Army reject to security guard to data clerk to traitor in just a couple of years.
Apr 8, 2014 2:48PM
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After world war II the workforce doubled. Many veterans and of course non veterans had to move to where the work was. Many of these folks did not have a college education however most worked in factories. Today not so much factory work however the trades are hurting as well as specialty blue collar jobs. If you are willing to relocate and work hard, these jobs pay well and you will live a good life. Do not be afraid to get your hands dirty. Remember Mike Rowe and all his dirty jobs.
Apr 12, 2014 4:02AM
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I just find it amusing that only one company on the list actually makes anything that could even remotely be considered a 'physical' product.  (Juniper)

The rest are middle men taking an unnecessary cut due to the imperfections of the market and how the world works.  I'll exclude the doctor's only for that statement.

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