20 Jobs That Require Travel and Pay Well

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You’re not one to be chained to a desk all day. In fact, you want to see the world—or at least the world outside a standard corporate office. Well, here’s the surprising truth: there are plenty of traveling jobs that pay well out there, ready to turn that dream into reality.

While you can land some fun travel jobs (that pay well) with little to no experience at all, others do typically require some formal training, education, or degree. But the time and money investment can pay off—literally and figuratively.

Many jobs that require frequent international and/or domestic travel also come with impressive salaries. Not to mention, you’ll be exposed to a wealth of culture, relationships, and exciting business opportunities, and be able to make a memorable and lasting impact on anything from public health to worker well being.

The following list of top-paying travel jobs is based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest wage estimates, which was last pulled in May 2023.

1. Pilot

Average annual salary: $250,050 a year

You can’t get plenty of places without someone flying the plane. And if you’re the one doing it, you can go basically anywhere you want—while getting paid.

Many different pilot jobs are available, including with commercial airlines (the ones you use as an everyday traveler), for private jets, and in shipping. Good pilots are typically incredibly perceptive, able to adapt to challenging or stressful scenarios, and smart navigators.

You can train to become a pilot as early as 18 years old. The Federal Aviation Administration outlines exactly what steps to take to get your pilots license.

2. Industrial-organizational psychologist

Average annual salary: $154,380 a year

Industrial-organizational (I/O) psychologists help workplaces of all sizes function more effectively by focusing on everything from labor disputes to team and brand building—and they’re best able to do that when they’re on premises.

Many I/O psychologists work in consulting or run their own businesses, which also allows them to travel regularly when it’s most convenient for them.

To become an I/O psychologist, you’ll need a bachelor’s or advanced degree, some field work, and potentially a license or board certification, depending on the company or industry you want to practice in.

3. Computer hardware engineer

Average annual salary: $147,770 a year

Computer hardware engineers creatively solve problems related to devices or technical products. While it’s possible to work remotely or in an office, a lot of the work can and needs to be done onsite, which means you could visit various locations locally and further away.

Jobs in computer hardware engineering typically require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, as well as skills-based training.

4. Veterinarian

Average annual salary: $136,300 a year

Traveling veterinarians bring crucial animal care to places where it’s less accessible or there’s a strong need, including zoos, sanctuaries, and disadvantaged or struggling communities. Many vets have their own LLCs or work on a consulting or contract basis for clinics, and come from backgrounds working at hospitals or private practices first.

5. Celebrity agent or business manager

Average annual salary: $132,810 a year

Agents are on the road with whatever athletes, performers, or artists they represent to ensure their clients have everything they need to succeed—press coaching, scheduling details, you name it.

It’s a long road to the top of this industry. You’ll have to spend several years assisting or being mentored by a more senior agent and rubbing elbows with industry insiders. But it’s often possible to enter the celebrity world with little previous experience. So if you’re looking for traveling jobs that pay well without a degree or advanced education, this might be the one.

6. Nurse midwife

Average annual salary: $131,570 a year

Nurse midwives have expertise in both nursing and pregnancy and postpartum care, and many in this field travel to clients’ homes or preferred medical centers. Like any other nursing path, you need to get certified as a registered nurse—which requires training, passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), and clinical experience.

7. Sales engineer

Average annual salary: $130,550 a year

Sales engineers embody the technical expertise of an engineer combined with the charisma and interpersonal skills of a sales rep—and a lot of the work they do for clients has to be done in person, meaning they often go offsite or travel to new destinations.

To break into sales engineering, you need some formal training in software or hardware engineering, or a specialty such as pharmaceuticals or chemical engineering.

8. Electrical engineer

Average annual salary: $119,910 a year

Electrical engineers keep construction moving smoothly and maintain important machinery by overseeing other experts such as electricians or programmers onsite in various locations. Prerequisites may include a degree in electrical engineering or a related field, or several years of on-the-job training.

9. Financial risk specialist

Average annual salary: $118,950 a year

Financial risk specialists work across industries, from nonprofits to tech and government, to measure the financial impact of business decisions and streamline spending and budgeting. They’re most effective when they’re able to immerse themselves in their clients’ workflows—and those clients could be based anywhere. Some education or licensing in accounting, economics, or a similar expertise is ideal to land this job.

10. Sales representative of wholesale, manufacturing, technical or scientific products

Average annual salary: $113,520 a year

Many sales jobs take you on the road to meet potential customers and clients, or pitch at group events or conferences. If you work in a lucrative industry, such as medical sales, you can earn not only a high base salary but bonuses and commission as well. The best part? You likely don’t need anything more than a high school diploma, associate’s, or bachelor’s degree to get started.

11. Geoscientist

Average annual salary: $104,000 a year

Geoscientists study everything that makes the earth, well, earth: rocks, fossils, water, soil, and the atmosphere, to name a few examples. And you can’t really do that kind of work without visiting important landmarks and natural and historical locations on a regular basis.

A college degree in environmental studies, geology, or a related topic is paramount, and to climb the ladder you may have to go back to school for a master’s or PhD.

12. Industrial engineer

Average annual salary: $103,150 a year

Industrial engineers promote productivity and efficiency in the workplace, whether by designing new systems and infrastructure or overhauling current processes, and they often travel between offices or client locations to do so.

Higher education in industrial engineering or a similar major is recommended, as well as specialized certifications in interest areas, such as supply chain or quality assurance.

13. News analyst, reporter, or journalist

Average annual salary: $101,430 a year

You see them on TV all the time—journalists reporting live from states having elections or countries dealing with crises. But a lot of reporter roles can also be print, digital, audio, or multimedia, meaning you can find the medium that best suits your skill set and passions.

Journalism school or equivalent is sometimes a prerequisite, if not some field experience writing, editing, or producing news stories.

14. Ship engineer

Average annual salary: $100,550 a year

Ship engineers repair and maintain boats, the equipment on them, and any offshore structures—so they spend a lot of time at sea and traveling between places. A background or education in marine engineering, naval architecture, mechanics, or related speciality is preferred to delve into this role.

15. Ship captain or pilot

Average annual salary: $97,820 a year

Maybe you’re not so handy, but you love the idea of overseeing production on or piloting a ship. Training in a United States Coast Guard-approved maritime school and passing subsequent exams and certifications is your first step to getting there.

16. Accountant or auditor

Average annual salary: $90,780 a year

Not every accounting or auditing job promotes travel, but some do—mostly to offer real-time, high-quality service to clients. Getting your certified public accountant (CPA) certification is usually required to take either position on the road.

17. Epidemiologist

Average annual salary: $90,430 a year

Epidemiologists study hard to break into the field—with advanced degrees, specializations, and years of practice—but it can be worthwhile for the income potential, travel opportunities to remote and unique places, and ability to make a difference in the world of public health.

18. Animal scientist

Average annual salary: $89,450 a year

Animal scientists can focus on a specific species, medical issue, or region in their studies. While some lab work and research is par for the course, animal scientists frequently work closely with animals in the field, requiring frequent travel.

19. Real estate broker

Average annual salary: $86,130 a year

Prerequisites for real estate brokers differ by state and municipality, but generally, they get certified via courses, exams, and field work. If getting out of the office regularly—but staying close to home—is important to you, this job could be the perfect fit.

20. Landscape architect

Average annual salary: $83,990 a year

Similar to real estate brokers, landscape architects may not go far outside their community—but they’re out in the world daily examining properties, laying out plans for new parks or outdoor spaces, and meeting with clients. They have accreditations and licenses to conduct their work in certain regions, and might also come from a background in urban planning, construction, or design.