Seth Peterson, internal audit manager at First National Bank of Sioux Falls
Median Pay: $141,000
Top Pay: $193,000
10-year job growth: 11%
Heading up the internal audit department, these directors create and implement a risk-based audit plan for a company. They'll work with management to figure out the best ways to monitor potential risks, how often the firm should be audited, and how to interpret the findings.
Why it's great: Auditing directors have the ability to influence real change. "There are few people in any organization that have that same level of access to management and the decision-making process," says internal audit manager Seth Peterson.
Quality of life ratings: Personal satisfaction: A | Benefit to society: B | Telecommuting: B | Low stress: B
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2014-24, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more details, see How We Picked the Best Jobs. Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
By Beth Braverman @CNNMoney - Last updated January 05 2017 09:03 PM ET