13 of the best, highest-paying healthcare companies in America

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It might not be hard to find a high-paying job in healthcare – the industry dominates lists of best-paying careers – but finding a healthcare company that pays well and emphasizes employees’ happiness is a tall order.

Business Insider teamed up with PayScale, a compensation software and data company, to find the best all-around healthcare companies that pay employees the most.

To create the list, PayScale ranked companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list against its salary and survey database, homing in on six criteria: high job satisfaction, low job stress, ability to telecommute, high job meaning, experienced median pay (for employees with at least five years of experience), and whether a company pays above or below market price for their employees. Read a detailed breakdown of the methodology here.

Most of the companies can be found on our ranking of the 50 best companies to work for in America, but we also included couple of great-paying companies that just missed the top-50.

Here are the best, highest-paying healthcare companies to work for in America:


13. St. Jude Medical

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Headquarters: St. Paul, Minnesota

Experienced median pay: $85,700

High job satisfaction:74% of employees

At the medical-devices manufacturing company, employees are encouraged to take advantage of the LiveWell Program, which lets them get on-site health screenings and free health assessments. PayScale notes that 85% of St. Jude Medical employees felt that their job provided high meaning – one of the best scores for a company ranked in the top 50 list.


12. Biogen

Headquarters: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Experienced median pay: $93,400

High job satisfaction: 70% of employees

At Biogen, employees feel like they’re making a difference, with 91% reporting high job meaning, according to PayScale. The biotechnology company, which develops therapies for neurological and autoimmune diseases, emphasizes giving back to its communities, and every year the company dedicates a “Care Deeply Volunteer Day,” where thousands of employees participate in local community-service projects.


11. Abbott Laboratories

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Headquarters: Abbott Park, Illinois

Experienced median pay: $93,500

High job satisfaction:73% of employees

Healthcare giant Abbott Laboratories offers an extensive list of benefits that help keep job satisfaction high. In addition to a number of health and wellness-related programs, the company offers tuition assistance, three weeks of paid vacation for new hires, paternity leave, and an assistance program for mothersto help ease the transition back to work.


10. Eli Lilly

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Headquarters: Indianapolis, Indiana

Experienced median pay: $102,000

High job satisfaction: 78% of employees

Most Eli Lilly employees find their jobs fulfilling, and 91% report having high job meaning. Employees at the pharmaceutical company – which creates drugs like Prozac (for depression), Cialis (for erectile dysfunction), and Methadone (for opioid addiction) – also find meaning outside of their day-to-day duties through Lilly’s volunteering opportunities. As a part ofConnecting Hearts Abroad, employees can take two weeks of paid leave to work in impoverished countries, providing hands-on support in healthcare, caregiving, and education.


9. Celgene

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Headquarters: Summit, New Jersey

Experienced median pay: $103,000

High job satisfaction:79% of employees

More than 80% of employees feel their work for the the biopharmaceutical company is very meaningful- not surprising since the company is responsible for the development of cancer treatment drugs.

Celgene has a broad range of job titles that include: manufacturing engineers, clinical research physicians, lab technicians, nurses, and pharmacists. PayScale notes that gender ratio for the company is 40% female and 60% male, and more than half the workforce has been at the company for more than a decade.


8. Merck

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Headquarters: Kenilworth, NJ

Experienced median pay: $104,000

High job satisfaction:76% of employees

Merck has approximately 68,000 employees working to create products such as HPV vaccine Gardasil and antihistamine Clarinex. The job is demanding – according to PayScale, only 5% of employees reported low job stress – but it’s rewarding as well: 78% of employees reported a high job meaning.


6. TIE: AbbVie

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Headquarters: North Chicago, Illinois

Experienced median pay: $107,000

High job satisfaction:67% of employees

The pharmaceutical company, which makes blockbuster autoimmune-disease drug Humira, typically pays its employees 6% above the market compared to similar companies. In April, AbbVie announced that it is teaming up with the University of Chicago for afive-year dealto collaborate on cancer research.


6. TIE: Johnson & Johnson

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Headquarters: New Brunswick, New Jersey

Experienced median pay: $107,000

High job satisfaction:77% of employees

With nearly 130,000 employees in more than 60 countries, Johnson & Johnson is dedicated to the entire team’s well-being. The pharmaceutical company actively cultivates a healthy culture and offers health programs with services tailored to individual employee needs.


5. Pfizer

Headquarters: New York, New York

Experienced median pay: $108,000

Job satisfaction: 75% of employees

Pfizer sums up its company culture with two words:Own it. The company believes that employees should be able to take ownership of their careers, allowing them the freedom to take risks and the support to confront systems and attitudes that aren’t working. The pharmaceutical giant also offers its employees relative flexibility, as 37% are able to work from home.


4. Allergan

Headquarters: Parsippany, New Jersey (US headquarters)

Experienced median pay: $110,000

High job satisfaction: 84% of employees

Allergan commits to environmental sustainability by using green materials, equipment, and technology whenever possible. The pharmaceutical company also coaches employees on sustainability practices through itsEnvironmental Responsibility Program, aiming to help them improve their habits at work and at home.


3. Bristol-Myers Squibb

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Headquarters: New York, New York

Experienced median pay: $111,000

High job satisfaction: 78% of employees

Biopharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb has a rich employee culturewith strong gender diversity– 54% female and 46% male – across its 11 offices in seven states. The company manufactures drugs that treat cancer, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular diseases, among other ailments, and 82% of employees report that their job has high meaning, according to PayScale.


2. Gilead Sciences

Headquarters: Foster City, California

Experienced median pay: $116,000

High job satisfaction: 85% of employees

At Gilead Sciences, employees work tocreate new medicinesthat transform the lives of people with life-threatening illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis C. This focus on changing lives contributes to Gilead employees finding purpose in their work, as 91% of them report having high job meaning, according to PayScale. In the US, employees also enjoy benefits such as tuition reimbursement, backup childcare options, and the ability to buy company stock.


1. Amgen

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Headquarters: Thousand Oaks, California

Experienced median pay: $121,000

High job satisfaction:77% of employees

The biopharmaceutical company employs about18,000 peopleworldwide. Nearly 90% of them report having a high job meaning – not surprising given that Amgen has developed several successful cancer treatments as well as drugs to address autoimmune diseases and osteoporosis.

Amgen is committed to career development and education opportunities, offering tuition reimbursement as well as formal and technical training within the company for those looking to advance their skills.