Highest paying jobs in India

Highest paying jobs in IndiaPhilosophers might talk about money not being able to buy happiness. But the highest paying jobs in India (and the world) continue to attract millions of wide-eyed employees year after year.

So we kept philosophy aside and tried to dig out the best paying jobs with the highest salaries.

We’ve avoided niche careers that require a highly specialized set of qualifications and skills (any Breaking Bad fans out here?) who might be earning huge salaries that lesser mortals can only aspire for.

This isn’t a ranking, just a collection of jobs that pay the highest compensation in their industries.


Highest paying jobs in India

by Rohit Gupta

Ideally, the money we earn should only be a component of living a rich life, while we should be doing something we love to do. Yet, we don’t live in an ideal world and money somehow is the chief motivator for a myriad of life decisions, especially in the case of careers and jobs.

The deep-rooted tendencies due to a socialist past and the current reality of the rising education loans make the whole picture even more skewed. Hence, it is not an amazing coincidence when parents revel in the fat-pay packages of their children or Pinky Aunty wants her son-in-law to be an Ivy League graduate.

While correlation does not imply causality, a quick glance into the proximate causes for a fast tracked career progression is the ‘fit’ of an individual or the accompanying ‘passion’, I write this with full knowledge that the above statement immediately puts this article in a potentially risky territory of being tl;dr-zoned.

So if you are actually landing up on this article through a Google search with a search string along the lines of the best paying jobs in India or any variant, you are in for a good introduction to those jobs but I can’t see any prudence in approaching things this way.

Apart from just vying for a high package, most of us don’t want to venture too far in the high-risk zones of freelancing/entrepreneurship and prefer keeping a stable job.

So fellas, here is a super-practical list of high paying jobs in India which is compiled for guys who have an extra liking for the dough. These are annual salaries in Indian Rupees.
 

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Looking at lists like this is usually a bad way for looking into the possible skill-sets to be acquired and education paths to pursue, because relative figures for various jobs is a cyclical phenomenon and absolute job stability is a myth.

It makes real sense to inculcate invaluable and irreplaceable skills instead of following just any high-paying job trends. If love marriage with career isn’t happening for now, it makes eternal sense to yearn for the right kind of love from an arranged marriage.

*The above figures are obtained from the data at payscale.com for entry-level (0-5 years), mid-career (5-10 years) and experienced (10+ years) professionals. The figures are provided for indicative purposes only and no blind faith is warranted under any circumstances whatsoever.

Note: Consulting and i-banking are for front end units and not captives (KPO / Back-office roles). We’ve tapped into various websites plus our own experience for these numbers. Let us know if we are way off the mark.
 
Author Bio: I am Rohit, an engineer by education, a data analyst by profession and a reader by inclination. Since 2012, I’ve been writing about self-improvement, productivity, coping with life as it comes and just being plain happy. I blog at http://urbangallivant.wordpress.com/


If you are going for a career only because it’s listed among the highest paying jobs in India, it would be a mistake. There are many more tangible and intangible aspects that you need to keep in mind when you decide to make a career or job change. If you want to know what other elements you should be considering before making a choice, try out this Free Career Guidance Tool


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23 Comments

  1. UDAYAN MITRA says:

    HI,
    YOU HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT HIGHEST PAYING JOBS. THESE ARE DEFINITELY AWESOME… BUT RECENTLY SOME CLAIMS THAT “ACTUARY” IS THE HIGHEST PAYING JOBS . IS IT TRUE????

    • sanjay kumar says:

      Hai sameer sir
      I had completed B.sci in electronics and computer sciences…By comparing indian market and foreign markets to give high salaries .I would like do M.sci in electronics or MBA? so which field suits better in future for me by comparing highest salaries? can you tell me. please

  2. Sameer Kamat says:

    Actuarial jobs pay pretty well outside India where it’s more of a mainstream career.

    In India, it’s still gaining traction. There might be exceptions, but in general actuarial salaries in India aren’t sky high, specially at junior & mid levels.

    If you have numbers to share about salary ranges, we’d appreciate it.

  3. Asees says:

    Hi !
    I just read the article …n it said that C.A. is one of the highest paid jobs…..Could you tell me what is the average package offered for C.A. + MBA ?n is it better to do MBA after C.A. ?

  4. Sameer Kamat says:

    Asees,

    Chartered Accountants have a range of jobs that they can fit in. In India, you’ll find many CAs in top jobs where traditionally MBAs are preferred – like investment banking / transaction advisory services, consulting, etc.

    The bulk of CAs take up mainstream jobs like auditing (Big 4 audit firms being the top recruiter). For folks who feel stuck in such roles, an MBA can be a good way to break out and move into the earlier category of jobs where the salaries are way higher (as mentioned in the post above).

  5. luv says:

    Hi Sameer,

    I have to ask one question on behalf of my sister.
    Actually she is an MBA from an average college in India and she did sales and marketing.
    Now after 5 years she has become very uncomfortable with Sales job though they are paying her good.
    she wants to move to public relations, human resource or something else which is peaceful than sales.
    Please advise on how to help her.

  6. rohit says:

    Hi Sameer,
    I have done ECE IN 2003(electronics and communication engineering) but due to some unfortunate events I was not able to land up good jobs in IT company.For the last 9 yrs I am working as technical specialist.No career growth and my salary is very low 6L/annum.I am really frustrated and want to go for Gmat and global mba.Can u counsel me regarding the same.

  7. Sameer Kamat says:

    @Luv: She could talk to her HR team and express her interest in moving into another role. If the company is supportive and flexible, she can continue working there. If not, she could look for opportunities outside.

    @Rohit: We can’t help with GMAT prep. You’ll have to manage that part on your own. We can help after that with MBA applications.

  8. mira says:

    Hey Sameer

    Read your article. Very much informative. Need a little help. I have done b tech in IT and then MBA in HR from average colleges. I have two and a half years of experience in a private firm. First year in operations and then in HR, as that was my specialization in MBA. Now after looking at the career graph and pay packages of people around me I feel that HR is not a high paying job. Especially if you have done your mba from an average college. Want to shift to marketing, as I feel that in marketing my salary package will increase quickly.
    1. IS IT ADVISABLE TO SHIFT TO MARKETING FROM HR AFTER AN EXPERINECE IF TWO AND A HALF YEARS.
    2. IF YES THEN HOW SHOULD I SHIFT TO MARKETING.
    Please do reply. I will be so thankful to you. I’m in a dilemna fir so long.

  9. AR says:

    I do not agree with Salary package you have shown here for Chartered Accountants at experienced level. They are getting 40 to 50% more of what you have stated here. May I know how much experience you have considered for 12 lacs salary?

  10. Vibhu Goel says:

    What do you mean by Social Media Manager??
    Is this related to Digital Marketing??

    And is the pay INR 4,00,000 (Social media specialist), INR 4,70,000 (Social media marketing manager) mentioned is Per Annum?
    If yes, i do not think this is one of the Highest Paid profile

  11. Vishal Samanta says:

    sir, i just passed out my isc but with an average of 51% marks. Would you please tell me which way to take so that i can earn better in my future….

  12. Abhishek says:

    mba is not at all top paid investment bankers world over are not paid higher it 1 out of 10000 that you are talking about.mba marketing has unstable life, finance hr all are bullshits

    Chartered accountacy i think has most money along with lawyers.

  13. manish says:

    what about marketing jobs, i am an MBA with marketing major specialisation, whats my future or what should i learn in extra. im in second year now, and my cgpa is going just above 6 , will i be in trouble.

  14. wishing to remain anonymous :) says:

    Hello Sameer Sir,
    I accidentally posted this on your facebook inbox for anonymity, but than got the hint to post this on your blog itself :). First of all, I simply love your website. I so wished that back in the old days of engineering boom (I am 2013 passout), someone gave me an insight on the real job profile of corporate culture.
    I particularly liked this quote: “If love marriage with career isn’t happening for now, it makes eternal sense to yearn for the right kind of love from an arranged marriage.”
    I was hoping that you would explain the meaning of this quote, as I can somehow relate to it. My aspirations have always been simple enough for a small town average guy : a stress free paying job in India which allows you to lead an affluent comfortable lifestyle, the upper middle class. But I can’t find the love of my career to fund that aspiration. I simply don’t know what my true calling is professionally? What would be a discipline that I would invest 90,000+ hours on?
    The love of my career fits the following bio : I want a job of low stress in an Industry which gives me the corporate free lunches and team outings along with a stable holiday plans to allow the annual foreign vacation and the time to spend the money on weekend shopping. Stress at work is a deterrent for me as I simply can’t handle stress and it gets into me. The wrong job will be the end of me in every possible way, but in India money talks and speaking with pure statistics in mind, MBA in India gives you the stable money to work for. But what about the job?
    It’s true that for any kind of job, stress will be there. And for that, I am willing to take the right kind of stress for a career which makes me happy professionally as well. But the major problem with the 23 year old software engineers like me is that we still haven’t figured out our true love. The love at first sight with career, it’s not happening. And with time running out, I am forced to make the best decision and opt for CAT (hyped, but MBA do open up high paying career ventures) to fund the stability.
    So i humbly request and seek a honest advice from your expertise to please create a arranged marriage for me with my career. The yearning for the right kind of career has gone very strong and intense, upto the point of sucking out happiness professionally and now, personally. My bio would be a frustrated Software Engineer in a 4.0 CTC range MNC with no real idea of where his life is heading and will MBA be the solution of finding the true career love? My interests are to enjoy simpler things in life like drinking, golfing and video gaming in “client meeting free” weekends and on weekdays, to follow a great leader/manager in any Industry which has the least stress/money ratio.
    With warmest Regards,
    Avid Fan!

  15. charan says:

    Hello Sameer,
    First of all i would like to thank you for the information provided above.

    I am a B.tech I.T degree holder currently pursuing MBA is the area of Finance and HR.i would be finishing it by 2016 april from an average college.
    The question i would liked to ask is what are the opportunities in the those streams and how should i go by and prepare, so i could be prepared to meet the present industry requirement and have a competitive edge towards my peers
    thank you

  16. Prabhu says:

    @Wishing to anonymous:

    You never mentioned the name…
    I visit the page now itself…
    What you think or (written in the forum)is ,,always running in my mind….
    Life for enjoy free… Not ruin our mind for high salaries…

    And specially thanks TO MR. SAMEER KAMAT..
    FOR YOUR KIND INFORMATION…

  17. Man says:

    Hi Sameer,
    Just went through your blog and thought of giving you some input as I have close to 10 years of experience in the Software Industry.Even though the entry level salary for a Software Engineer(One holding BTech) is 3.5 lpa in some companies such as Infosys,Wipro most of the product based IT companies and even some services pay much higher ranging from 6-12 lpa(example-CISCO,NetApp,Google).Similarly a mid career guy with 5-6 years experience easily gets 10-12lpa if he jumps to a good product company .For Senior Techies having 10+ years of experience service based IT company pay14-18 lpa on average while product based pay 20-25 lpa.

    Besides,many IT company provides opportunity to go abroad and earn in dollars/pounds which is not so easy in other professions.

    These are the reason why people take up Engineering(many prefer MBBS too) and many Engineers get into IT.

  18. sushrita says:

    HI Sameer,

    You blog is actually an encouraging read!

    I have around five years experience in ‘Content Development’. At this juncture, I feel I have reached a dead-end in my career. Being from a M.C.A background, this field not actually something i should be doing. Now when I want to shift, I am a bit scared starting from the beginning in IT. Please suggest what alternatives can non-IT people avail to in order to make the transition smooth and in which firls of IT.

    Thanks in advance,
    Sushrita

  19. Ajit says:

    Hii Sameer,
    I Just read your blog. Your blog is too good to encourage anyone but i think Ethical Hacking is also providing highest paying jobs in India. Professional Ethical Hackers are also getting very high packages.

  20. soumit says:

    Hi all I am an MBA & after 2 years of MBA I’m getting just 4LPA. I’m really frustrated with my career. Please guide me. It’s not that I’m not trying…..but all in vein….Naukri.co & other job portals also I kept on applying but of no use. Please help if possible.

  21. Nishank bhatt says:

    Hello sir.
    This is Nishank bhatt.
    Sir,i have to ask about future after MBA.
    Basically sir,i have completed my graduation(b.com) and now i want to take admission in MBA.
    SO sir,tell me which branch is better in MBA means like as IT,IB HR,FINANCE,MARKETING etc.

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