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Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

15.  Real Estate Dev. Mgr.

2016 best jobs
William Smith, real estate development manager at Autozone
  • Median Pay: $111,000
  • Top Pay: $166,000
  • 10-year job growth: 8%

When a company is ready to expand -- either with more office space or a new retail store -- it turns to a real estate development manager to scout and secure the right spot. The manager negotiates the property's lease or purchase and oversees construction until the space is move-in ready.

Why it's great: There's satisfaction in hunting for the perfect location and then getting the best possible deal on it. "I really enjoy the art of negotiation," says real estate development manager William Smith. "It's all about getting that piece of property for the price that you want."

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: A | Benefit to society: A | Telecommuting: B| Low stress: B

Notes: All pay data from 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:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 09 2017 02:13 PM ET

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