13 Halal Jobs That Pay 100k+

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Ibrahim Khan

Ibrahim Khan


In the modern job market, finding a job that you find enriching – in both senses of the word – can be draining. Navigating the world of fluctuating economies, new technology, and the tail end of a pandemic, can make an already challenging task seem near impossible.

As a Muslim you also have an additional challenge: finding a job that also aligns with your faith.

In this article we show that the seemingly impossible can often be possible. You can be a practising Muslims and get a job where you earn £/$100,000 per annum. 

Caveat: a £100k salary is not the only measure of success – there are rewarding jobs which earn far less – but we’re trying to make a different point here.

Management & Leadership 

What is really surprising – but retrospectively obvious – when you study the data on the highest paid jobs is that it doesn’t really matter what industry you go in – what matters is that you get to the top. As the latest numbers from the ONS show – management and leadership are right at the top of the pile.



Leadership roles are crucial in every industry, and offer a versatile and rewarding career path to a £100k + salary.

In fact, the larger the company, the larger the salary. The boss of Centrica for example made:

Leaders in these positions are tasked with strategic decision-making, team management, and driving business growth. The success of an individual in a managerial role often hinges on a blend of academic excellence, professional qualifications, and a demonstrated track record in effective leadership throughout their company and career. 

This means there are many ways to approach reaching this level in your workspace, either through training programs and working your way up, or hopping between companies over the years transferring the skills you learned in one place onto the next. 

How do I get there?

  • Go to a top university – in the UK most managers attended Russell Group universities, in the United States this would be equivalent to Ivy League and other top schools across the country. 
  • Have strong leadership and motivational personality traits – needless to say if you find it hard to lead a group or make decisions, this might not be the career for you. Inherently you will need a certain level of determination and interest in leading. This can be learnt over time though. 
  • Typically, staying with companies long enough to have become a valuable member of the team and working your way up will provide greater security and opportunity for long term managerial success in these environments. Senior bosses at Tesco for example have over recent years often been home-grown over 20 years of service.

From an Islamic perspective – being a leader of an organisation which is highly leveraged or where you are personally having to make moral decisions you would be uncomfortable with – should be kept in mind. At the start of your career – make sure you’re going into an industry you’d be happy leading – even if you’re not there yet.

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Pursuing a career in law, particularly in specialities such as corporate, intellectual property, or international law, offers not just financial rewards but also intellectual stimulation and the opportunity to effect change in society. 

The American Bar Association reports that lawyers in top law firms can earn significantly more than their counterparts in the public sector, reflecting the substantial financial potential of this career. 

And the money is great from the start. This is what you get paid at top corporate firms in your first two years:


(Above) The starting international law firm salaries for qualified lawyers.

The Islamic side of working in corporate law (or any kind of law) is not straightforward to navigate. We have done a number of videos to help guide you through this such as this one:

How do I get there?

  1. Obtain a Law Degree: Earn a qualifying law degree (LLB) from a recognised UK university, which provides the foundational knowledge for a legal career. Preferably get a degree from a university with a strong reputation in the field. In the UK, this includes universities like Oxford or Cambridge or Russell Group, while in the U.S., schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Chicago are highly regarded. This academic background is crucial for getting access to top training contracts at the big International firms that offer top salaries. 
  2. Complete Legal Training: Pursue further training – Legal Practice Course (LPC) for solicitors or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) for barristers, followed by practical training (a training contract for solicitors or pupilage for barristers). Aspiring solicitors must also now pass The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), a system of exams that was introduced in September 2021 to centralise solicitor qualifications. 
  3. Qualify and Gain Experience: Secure qualification by passing relevant exams and gain practical experience through internships or junior lawyer positions to enhance career prospects.

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Enterprise Architect

Flipping the script entirely from the classical career options, this is a niche profession that can get you far with the right skills. Enterprise Architects design the IT structure of a business. You need a strategic mind, as well as solid technical knowledge and product management skills, but this allows you to play a big role in shaping the direction of large organisations. 

It’s not just about tech-know how, but being able to think big picture and see where your company should be going. Given the constant growth of technology in our lives, this is a very enticing opportunity for earning potential. For Muslims, this role provides an opportunity to contribute to ethical and sustainable technological advancements that benefit society as a whole.

How do I get there?

  1. Earn a degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a related field from a university. Advanced degrees or certifications in Enterprise Architecture (like TOGAF) can be highly beneficial in this field. 
  2. Develop a strong foundation in IT and business strategy. This includes understanding various business processes, technology infrastructure, and how they align with organisational goals.
  3. Gain experience in IT roles with increasing responsibility, focusing on project management, strategy development, and business process analysis. Networking and continuous learning about emerging technologies are essential.

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Although I am sure you have heard the running joke about “what do consultants even do?”, in reality the answer is they are (very well paid) advisors. Consultants provide analysis and advice in fields such as management, strategy, technology, and data analytics. Their goal is to help companies work better.  

This career path is not just financially rewarding but also offers a dynamic work environment: each project is different. For professionals adhering to Islamic ethical principles, consulting offers a platform to influence business practices positively and drive change towards more ethical and sustainable operations. Similarly to law, this may have pitfalls to navigate ethically, however, the variety of consulting gigs means that it is likely that muslims can choose firms that avoid unacceptable industries.

How do I get there?

  1. Obtain a degree from a prestigious university, often in business, economics, or a related field. MBAs are highly regarded in this profession, especially from top business schools and the connections you build whilst at university can help you in the future.
  2. Develop strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Experience in data analysis, project management, and a deep understanding of various industries can be advantageous.
  3. Gain experience through internships or entry-level positions at consulting firms. Building a strong professional network and demonstrating the ability to deliver results for clients is crucial for career advancement.

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Accounting and actuarial science are fields that combine financial expertise with analytical skills. Senior roles in these fields, particularly those in large multinational firms or specialised sectors, offer lucrative compensation. 

Actuaries, with their expertise in risk assessment and financial modelling, find their skills in high demand in sectors like insurance and pensions. These professions align well with Halal principles by ensuring financial transparency and accountability, which are key tenets in Islamic business practices and in life. 

How do I get there?

  1. For accountants, earn a degree in accounting or a related field and consider obtaining a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or similar certification. For actuaries, a degree in actuarial science, mathematics, or statistics is essential, along with passing a series of professional exams.
  2. Develop strong analytical, mathematical, and statistical skills. Understanding financial systems, regulations, and risk management is crucial.
  3. Gain practical experience through internships or entry-level positions. Building expertise in specific areas (like tax, auditing, insurance, or pensions) and staying updated with industry developments is important for career growth.

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Software Engineer

Software engineering stands at the forefront of our lives these days. Pretty much everything we use has been touched by a team of software engineers at some point. Correspondingly, they are handsomely rewarded for this. If you choose to specialise in high-growth areas like artificial intelligence, machine learning, or blockchain technology you can expect to see salaries that are among the highest in their field and beyond. 

For Muslim professionals, software engineering offers a pathway to contribute to the development of ethical technology solutions that can enhance the quality of life while adhering to Islamic values. Here at IFG, about half of our team are software engineers working to deliver our top-quality halal investment platform Cur8 Capital to everybody. 

How do I get there?

  1. Obtain a degree in computer science, software engineering, or a related field from a recognized institution. A strong foundation in programming, systems analysis, and algorithm design is essential.
  2. Develop expertise in multiple programming languages and stay updated with technological advancements and software development methodologies.
  3. Gain practical experience through internships, personal projects, or contributing to open-source projects. Building a portfolio of work can demonstrate skills and expertise to potential employers.

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Architecture is a blend of art and science, requiring creativity, technical knowledge, and an understanding of environmental and social factors, and if you can get a job at a top firm the salaries are suitably high-rise. 

This profession not only offers financial rewards but also the satisfaction of creating lasting, tangible contributions to society. Architects have the unique opportunity to design buildings and spaces that not only meet functional needs but also reflect ethical considerations, such as sustainability and social responsibility, aligning with the principles of Halal careers.

How do I get there?

  1. Earn a degree in architecture from an accredited school, and consider obtaining a master’s degree for further specialisation. Internationally recognized institutions or those known for their architecture programs are preferred.
  2. Complete the required period of practical training or internship, and pass the professional licensing exams specific to the region or country.
  3. Develop a strong portfolio showcasing design skills, creativity, and understanding of engineering principles. Networking and continuous learning about sustainable design and new materials are also important.

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As we all know, a career in medicine is highly esteemed and financially rewarding, particularly in countries like the U.S., where medical professionals are among the highest earners. If you take a look at the numbers, the average U.S. physician earns $350,000 a year. Top doctors pull in 10 times that. https://www.nber.org/papers/w31469. Take a look at this table for a breakdown of the average U.S. doctor salary by speciality.

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In the UK things are a little different, but that should not put one off becoming a doctor. Middle-grade doctors earn around £51,000, consultants approximately £103,000, surgeons about £110,000, and general practitioners (GPs) typically earn around £108,000 annually, and GP partners have an average income before tax of approximately £140,000. All very respectable numbers. 

Additionally, many doctors supplement their income through private work. This is particularly true for certain specialities, where private earnings can significantly exceed their NHS salary. The top three highest-paid medical specialities in terms of potential for private work are plastic surgery, trauma and orthopaedic surgery, and neurosurgery.

Furthermore, for Muslims, a career in medicine aligns perfectly with the Halal principle of serving humanity and contributing positively to society, as it involves providing essential healthcare services and improving the quality of life for individuals and communities. You will be helping those around you, getting paid well, and quieting any needling relatives who want to know what you do for a living – all around very tempting. 

How do I get there?

  1. Obtain a medical degree from a respected medical school. This involves a rigorous program of study and training in medical sciences and clinical practice.
  2. Complete a residency program in a chosen specialty, which can take several years depending on the field of medicine.
  3. Obtain board certification in your speciality and continue to stay abreast of medical advancements and best practices through continuing education.

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Dentistry, often considered a less stressful alternative to medicine, offers excellent financial prospects.  In terms of career satisfaction, dentistry is often regarded as offering a better work-life balance compared to the medical profession, which will almost always involve irregular shift patterns, including nights and weekends. 

The American Dental Association notes that dentists enjoy a high degree of professional autonomy, with the potential for significant earnings, especially for those who own their practices. Dentistry combines healthcare with entrepreneurial opportunities, making it an attractive career choice for those seeking a Halal path. Dentists have the ability to directly impact the health and well-being of their patients, providing essential services that improve oral health and, by extension, overall health.

In the UK, dentists’ salaries can vary significantly based on factors such as their level of experience, specialisation, and whether they work in the NHS or in private practice. On average, a dentist’s salary in the UK in 2024 is around £52,176, but this can rise considerably in cities like London and Birmingham, where average salaries are around £80,000. NHS dentists earn between £35,000 and £70,000, while private dentists can make as much as £130,000 and sometimes even more. Consultants in dental specialties can earn upwards of £105,000. 

In the U.S., the average dentist salary is $240,000 and across all 50 states dentists are universally paid well. Below is a table of the best places in the U.S. to be a dentist in terms of average annual salary.

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How do I get there?

  1. Obtain a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS or BChD) Degree: Start by enrolling in a 5-year dental program at a recognised university. For those who already hold a degree, particularly in a related field like biology, some universities offer accelerated 4-year dental courses.
  2. Complete Foundation Training: After graduating, you must undertake a one or two-year foundation training program. 
  3. Register with the General Dental Council (GDC): To practise dentistry professionally in the UK, you must be registered with the GDC, this will vary country to country but will always be a governing body.

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Sales is a dynamic and highly rewarding career, especially in fields like technology or pharmaceuticals, where the value of products is high. The more you sell, the better you get paid. In fact, top sales professionals often outearn other roles in a company, including executives, through a mix of base salary and performance bonuses. 

This career path rewards those with excellent communication skills, business acumen, and a results-driven approach. For Muslims adhering to Halal principles, a career in sales offers the opportunity to engage in ethical selling practices, ensuring that products and services sold are beneficial and do not contravene Islamic teachings.

How do I get there?

  1. While specific educational backgrounds can vary, a degree in business, marketing, or a related field can be beneficial. Developing a strong understanding of the product or industry is crucial.
  2. Develop excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Being able to understand and respond to customer needs is key to success in sales.
  3. Gain experience through entry-level sales positions. Building a track record of meeting or exceeding sales targets and developing a strong network of contacts can lead to advanced opportunities.

M&A Advisory

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) advisory is a type of banking that can prove to be a niche but lucrative career path. M&A advisors work on purchasing, consolidating, or combining companies to allow business to grow or become more competitive. This is a fast moving and intense industry that focuses on finding opportunities and seizing them.

While traditional banking roles may conflict with Islamic finance principles, M&A advisory and boutique firms often offer ethically navigable pathways, focusing on consultancy and strategic advice rather than interest-based transactions. This aligns well with Halal principles, as it involves guiding businesses through complex financial decisions in a manner that is transparent and ethically sound.

How do I get there?

  1. Obtain a degree in finance, economics, business administration, or a related field from a top university. An MBA or other advanced degree can be particularly advantageous.
  2. Develop strong analytical, financial modelling, and valuation skills. Understanding corporate finance and market trends is essential.
  3. Gain experience in investment banking, corporate finance, or a related field. Building expertise in mergers and acquisitions through practical experience and networking is crucial for career advancement.

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Asset Manager

Asset management is a financially rewarding career that aligns well with Islamic finance principles, in-fact that is exactly what we do at our sister company Cur8 Capital. Asset managers handle wealth and investment portfolios, focusing on generating returns through diverse investment strategies. 

The financial potential in asset management is significant, often surpassing the average salaries reported by industry sources. For Muslim professionals, this career offers a platform to engage in ethical investment practices, ensuring that investments are made in a manner that is consistent with Islamic teachings and contributes positively to society.

How do I get there?

  1. Earn a degree in finance, economics, or a related field from a reputable institution. Advanced degrees or certifications like CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) are often beneficial.
  2. Develop a deep understanding of financial markets, investment strategies, and risk management. Strong analytical and decision-making skills are essential.
  3. Gain experience through internships or entry-level positions in finance, investment firms, or related areas. Building a track record of successful investment management is key for career progression.

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Airline Pilot

For those passionate about aviation, a career as a pilot offers not just the thrill of flying but also substantial financial rewards. Whilst this may not be the most traditional career on this list, in some ways it is the most prestigious as there are very few open slots for being a pilot. In the U.S., there are a mere 105,000 commercial pilots out there compared to well over a million doctors.  

This career provides an exciting and financially viable path for individuals interested in aviation, offering a unique opportunity to explore the world while adhering to Halal principles. Pilots have the responsibility of ensuring safe travel for passengers, aligning with the Islamic values of protecting life and providing a valuable service to society.

From a personal perspective, becoming a pilot is more than a profession; it’s a lifelong dream for many. It’s about the love of flying and the freedom it represents. It’s a career that takes you above the clouds, offering unique experiences and perspectives that few other professions can.

How do I get here?

  1. Obtain the necessary pilot licences (like PPL, CPL, ATPL) through a certified flight training school. The quality and reputation of the training school can be important.
  2. Accumulate flight hours and experience. Many pilots start with smaller aircraft or in roles like flight instructors before moving to commercial airlines.
  3. Pass medical exams and maintain physical and mental fitness. Pilots must also stay updated with the latest aviation technologies and regulations.

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Being a Muslim and staying true to your faith – and still earning over £100k is possible. We have outlined 13 jobs in this article to allow you to do just that.

The route to getting most of these jobs is typically a mixture of:

  1. Getting a great education
  2. Working hard and long in a career
  3. Working in a field you are passionate about (and so will enjoy it enough to stick at it for a long time)

And then once you’re there – you can join the 2k+ high net worth investors on Cur8 Capital who we help to invest their hard-earned cash 🙂

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Ibrahim is a published author and Islamic finance and investment specialist. He is currently the CEO of Islamicfinanceguru and its sister investment company Cur8 Capital. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, an Alimiyyah degree from the Al Salam Institute, and an MA in Islamic Finance. Prior to setting up Islamic Finance Guru, Ibrahim was a corporate lawyer. He trained at Ashurst LLP and then specialised in private equity and venture capital funds at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He holds a Diploma in Investment Advice & Financial Planning & Certificate in Investment Management. Publication: Halal Investing for Beginners: How to Start, Grow and Scale Your Halal Investment Portfolio (Wiley) Ibrahim is a published author and Islamic finance and investment specialist. He is currently the CEO of Islamicfinanceguru and its sister investment company Cur8 Capital. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, an…