5 High-Paying Tech Careers That Are Not Software Engineering

5 High-Paying Tech Careers That Are Not Software Engineering


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Are you considering breaking into tech in 2024 or transitioning from software engineer to another role?

Some people believe that software engineering is the only job in tech which pays well.

But this is far from the truth.

There are many high-paying jobs within tech.

I'll also add that how much you earn throughout your career will depend on how great you negotiate your salary at the interview stage.

Having said so, let's start listing five high-paying tech careers that are not software engineering.

Let's start.

1. Sales Engineer

A Sales Engineer is a professional who sells software products to businesses.

A Sales Engineer is responsible for presenting how a specific product can add value to a business and solve its problem.

In addition to giving technical presentations, sales engineers are increasingly doing other tasks related to sales, such as market research.[Career Explorer]

According to Indeed, the average salary of a Sales Engineer in the U.S. is $84,988.

2. Solution Engineer

A Solution Engineer, also known as a Presales Consultant, Solution(s) Consultant, and Presales Engineer, is a professional responsible for designing business solutions to help a customer solve a problem.

What Does "Presales" Mean?

Presales is a set of tasks an engineer does either before or after the sales cycle.

Depending on the company, an engineer may only be involved in the presales activities (hence the word "presales").

These activities can include any process that you perform to convert a lead or prospect into a paying customer. It includes customer research, data analysis, lead qualification and sales prospecting.[Indeed]

According to Coursera, the average salary of a Solution Engineer in the U.S. is $95,482 to $123,284.

Related:5 Alternative Career Options For Software Engineers

3. Solution Architect

A solution architect is a professional responsible for designing the technical solution to a business problem.

A good solutions architect looks at the existing environment and analyzes what technologies are available and what software product must be developed to provide the best solution for the problem that needs to be solved.[Coursera]

According to Levels.fyi, the average salary of a Solution Architect in the U.S. is $148,587.

4. Technical Consultant

The role of a technical consultant varies from company to company.

Overall, a technical consultant is a professional responsible for advising businesses on how to maximize the use of technology to meet their business goals.

'Technology' can mean technology processes or systems, both of which underpin business performance. Developing and implementing technology in businesses can allow a business to accelerate growth, reduce cost, manage risk, develop talent or simply just change the way they operate.[BrightNetwork]

According to Talent.com, the average salary of a Technical Consultant in the U.S. is $116,650.

Related:Jobs In Tech That Don't Require Coding

5. Product Designer

A Product Designer is a professional responsible for looking after the overall design process of a product.

A product designer might brainstorm solutions to current pain points, take input from stakeholders, act as a liaison between designers, engineers, and researchers, and help compose mock-ups through wireframes and prototypes.[Coursera]

According to Indeed, the average salary of a Product Designer is $112,173.


In this article, you've learned about 5 high-paying tech jobs that are not software engineering. Worth considering if you're thinking about a career change in 2024.

Until next time!


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