Ten surprising jobs with six-figure salaries

You don't always need an advanced degree degree in order to make more than $100,000 a year. According to Glassdoor, a jobs and recruiting site, here are ten lesser-known occupations that earn a substantial salary. Can you guess which occupation is more lucrative than the rest? 

2. Software architect

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A software engineer works on a laptop for Uber in Washington.

Median pay: $139,000

Median base pay: $130,000

Job openings: 642

Software architects engineer software, often shepherding projects from start to finish. This position requires strong technical and analytical skills, as well as the ability to converse effectively with customers and nontechnical employees. Typically, software architects hold a degree in computer science or a similarly related field and have experience with software development.

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