Ask a Career Coach: “How Can I Find a High-Paying Remote Job?”

Dear Career Coach,

I have a good job that pays well. Our office went virtual when COVID-19 hit, but is planning to go back to the office this summer. I love working remotely and want to keep doing it. How can I find another high-paying job that is completely remote?


With the emergence of COVID-19, many people like you were forced to shift to the virtual working landscape by working from home. Now, as the US begins to reopen, some companies and businesses are beginning to make plans to return to office. While some may feel eager to return to the office, others have fully embraced it and have come to enjoy the benefits of remote working. Luckily for remote working fans, there are a number of companies that have fully embraced the remote work life as well. This means there may be more high-paying and salaried jobs available from home than traditionally low-paying remote jobs such as telemarketing or transcription.

In this article, we will offer ways to find a remote job that pays well, as well as a list of high-paying remote jobs that are hiring now.

How to find a high paying remote job

While there are different approaches to finding well-paying remote positions, here are some steps you can take to make the process easier:

1. Identify tasks that can be done easily from home

Even before the impact of COVID-19, there are some jobs that are usually (and easily) done remotely. These jobs typically require little or no personal interaction or physical presence and most or all of their day-to-day tasks can be completed digitally. Many of these jobs exist in the fields of IT, Marketing, Web Development, Accounting/Finance, Business Development, HR and Freelance.

Some common remote jobs include:

  • bookkeeper
  • account Manager
  • animator
  • bookkeeper
  • business Analyst
  • business intelligence specialist
  • Advisor
  • copywriter
  • Customer Service Representative
  • statistics scientist
  • digital marketer
  • Executive Assistant
  • grant writer
  • graphic designer
  • HR Specialist
  • information technology specialist
  • legal advisor
  • marketing technologist
  • product Manager
  • project Manager
  • recruitment
  • Sales Representative
  • software developer
  • travel agent
  • teacher
  • video editor

Read more: 15 Types of Remote Jobs

2. Research Average Salary

Once you understand what jobs are typically done remotely, you can research the national average salary to find one that meets your salary requirements. Use Indeed Salary to find the average salary by job title, experience, and location. Although you will be working remotely, your salary should align with the cost of living in your city.

RELATED: 4 Criteria for What’s Considered a Good Salary

3. Stay updated on companies offering remote work options

In addition to typically identifying remote jobs, it is valuable to research companies that have moved entirely to remote work environments, or to provide employees with a remote option. Since the pandemic, many companies have found that having a completely remote or remote-friendly work environment saves money and can increase employee productivity and happiness. At these companies, you may be able to find a remote position that has traditionally been held in an office environment.

Here is a list of companies that have made public announcements about going completely remote or offering remote options:

Read more: 30 Companies Offering Work From Home Post

4. Optimize Your Resume for Distance Positions

Before applying to an open position, update your resume to highlight your ability to work remotely. To do this, include your remote work experience in your resume summary and work experience sections. Emphasize work-related accomplishments you’ve achieved while working remotely, or skills you’ve mastered, such as leadership, time-management, flexibility, and communication. In your contact information section, you can include (looking for remote position) Next to your current location to let employers know you’re interested in a fully remote role.

If you are applying for multiple job titles, there are different versions of your resume that highlight your specific skills and achievements that align with that position.

Read more: How to Write Your Remote Job Resume

5. Discover Truly Remote Work

You can use Indeed.com to help you search for available remote jobs. In What Try using targeted keywords like:

  • Distant
  • Work From Home
  • telecommute
  • cyber traffic

You can also use advanced job search link to the right of find a job button on the search results page actually. scroll to where and when section near the bottom of the form and enter “remote” in place Box that says “City, State or Zip.”

Read more: How to Discover Truly Remote Work

High-paying remote jobs now available

Here is a list of remote jobs that earn an average of about $40,000 per year and are currently hiring:

National Average Salary: $21.68 per hour

Primary Duty: Translators can convert written text from one language to another. They often work as freelancers or contractors for businesses, individuals, and government agencies, and they can complete their work remotely over a computer.

National Average Salary: $25.29 per hour

Primary Duty: Remote tutors can teach a wide variety of subjects to students of any age. They often use video chatting applications and learning software to connect with students face-to-face or in a group setting. While some teachers create their own lesson plans, others teach from a specific schedule.

Read more: Learn about being a tutor

National Average Salary: $54,114 per year

Primary Duty: Accountants are responsible for reviewing financial accounts and providing financial advice and guidance to individuals or businesses. Accountants can work remotely in entry level and senior positions and have high growth potential.

Read more: Learn about being an accountant

National Average Salary: $56,844 per year

Primary Duty: Digital marketers can work with email, social media, and web content to attract customers to their clients. They are often responsible for managing a client’s web presence, including their website, search engine ranking, blog and advertising strategy. This allows them to work remotely from any location as long as they have internet access.

National Average Salary: $67,193 per year

Primary Duty: Operations managers are human resources professionals in upper management. They are responsible for high-level human resources duties, such as hiring new employees and setting standards for business policies and procedures.

Read more: Learn About Being an Operations Manager

National Average Salary: $70,944 per year

Primary Duty: Sales consultants analyze a company’s sales techniques and make suggestions for improvement, from creating training programs for sales representatives to developing a method for finding potential customers. Many companies hire distance sales consultants, especially if they operate within a specific market that requires specialized expertise.

Read more: Learn how to become a Sales Consultant

National Average Salary: $71,162 per year

Primary Duty: Medical writers use their understanding of clinical research methods to create detailed medical content for a wide variety of audiences. Medical writing is a popular distance career for those who have the specialized knowledge to be successful in this field.

National Average Salary: $77,877 per year

Primary Duty: Project managers coordinate the individual tasks and processes involved in accomplishing a goal. They often use web conference and scheduling technology to delegate tasks, coach employees, document progress, and assess the results of their team’s work. They can work in any industry making it a versatile role.

Read more: Learn how to become a Project Manager

National Average Salary: $102,845 per year

Primary Duty: A psychologist is a clinical professional specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental health conditions. They meet with individuals to understand their needs and to formulate and implement psychotherapy plans. They may work in schools, medical clinics, general hospitals and government organizations, or in their own private practice. Virtual psychologists are able to meet with their clients over the phone or through video conferencing tools.

National Average Salary: $108,981 per year

Primary Duty: Software engineers, also known as software developers, build software ranging from video games to network systems based on client needs. Software engineers rely almost entirely on technology to get their jobs done, making it an ideal high-paying remote job.

Read more: Learn About Being a Software Engineer

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