Archer >>> Lancer > Pugilist > Marauder > Conjurer = Thaumaturge > Gladiator
Archer is pretty nice and maybe we will get bigger arrow stacks by wednesday's update so it is near perfect. ;)
Agreed with these, though I can't personally vouch for anything regarding Marauder since it's the one job I haven't done.
I don't know if you are more set on doing mad damage, or doing "melee", as you stated. Archer does hella damage though, but you have do be aware of the inventory/economic requirement of playing one as opposed to a true melee.
Also keep in mind, that with the crossover of abilities, you will probably want to work other jobs to at least a small degree anyway, so when you do jump on the game you don't HAVE to just take our word on it. Try out a few jobs, see what suits you that will let you have the most fun, and go with whatever that is.