Compensation is always at the top of the list of factors that influence a candidate to be interested in a job or career path. Who doesn’t want to have a good paying job, right?

Job satisfaction and overall happiness are other important factors. No one wants to go to a job that they dread day after day.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a job that pays well and makes you happy? It is possible. Forbes recently put this question to the test and created a list of happy six-figure jobs.

According to the Forbes article, The 10 Happiest Six-Figure Jobs, Chief Marketing Officer is the top six-figure job, which is great news for marketing professionals looking to advance their career.

The List of Happiest Six-Figure Jobs


These positions are ranked as jobs with high levels of job satisfaction in addition to offering a six-figure income:

  1. Chief Marketing Officer – average salary: $171,000
  2. Senior Director of HR: $125,000
  3. Senior Project Manager: $101,000
  4. Pharmacist: $101,000
  5. Senior Finance Manager: $111,000
  6. Architect: $101,000
  7. Director of Engineering: $121,000
  8. Senior Director, Marketing: $138,000
  9. Chief Technology Officer: $151,000
  10. Principal Software Engineer: $110,000


As you can see, marketing and other related positions appeared several times on the list, with the exception of Chief Marketing Officer, which was ranked as the top job and had the highest average salary. How much you make is not necessarily correlated to being happy. There were a number of lower paying six-figure positions that ranked higher on the list.

The other good news for marketers is that the marketing positions on the list were also the highest paying positions.

What Does This Mean for Marketers and Other Professionals?

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You can have the best of both worlds. You can have a career or job you are happy with while making good money. The key is to put yourself on the right career path to achieve both.

Looking to make the next step in your marketing career? Is it time for a change? Check out our list of job opportunities.

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm in Toronto. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Mark Rouse Marketing Recruiter

Mark Rouse

Mark leads Canada’s largest Marketing Communications & Media recruitment practice. Leveraging close to two decades of industry experience in the Marketing Services and Agency businesses, he has been responsible for hiring, developing, and retaining top talent as Vice-President with companies such as Young & Rubicam, Wunderman, and J. Walter Thompson.

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