Highest paying jobs in Tucson for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Tucson for high school graduates

The average college graduate in 2020 earned $1,305 a week, while the average high school graduate takes home just $781, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of course, college isn’t for everyone. There are many reasons high-school graduates may choose to not continue on to college, not the least of which being cost. Average tuition costs continue to rise each year, the exception being the 2020-2021 school year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Average tuition at a public, in-state university coming in at $9,687; tuition for out-of-state students at public schools, and for everyone at private universities, is significantly higher at $21,874 and $35,087, respectively.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest paying jobs for high school graduates in Tucson, AZ using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to see which jobs in your city pay the most for high school graduates.

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#50. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $47,780
- #185 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- Employment: 397,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($71,250)
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#49. Machinists

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $47,950
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,800
- Employment: 360,340
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($76,230)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($71,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,300)
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#48. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,050
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Madera, CA ($76,040)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,800)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($73,360)
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#47. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,170
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,890
- Employment: 119,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,370)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($87,990)
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#46. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,500
- #297 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,280
- Employment: 402,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($91,860)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,120)

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#45. Brokerage clerks

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,520
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,460
- Employment: 44,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,310)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,330)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,970)
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#44. Dental laboratory technicians

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,880
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,230
- Employment: 30,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($67,730)
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($59,560)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($55,140)
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#43. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,920
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- Employment: 105,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#42. First-line supervisors of gambling services workers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $49,270
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,160
- Employment: 19,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,710)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($65,990)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($65,510)
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#41. Electricians

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $49,460
- #411 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,210

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,550
- Employment: 656,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,090)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($86,600)

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#40. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $50,060
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,580
- Employment: 549,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($88,150)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($80,420)
--- Odessa, TX ($70,950)
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#39. Home appliance repairers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $50,200
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,810
- Employment: 27,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($61,210)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($58,670)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($57,420)
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#38. Automotive body and related repairers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $50,430
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,430
- Employment: 137,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($71,350)
--- Ames, IA ($68,340)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,060)
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#37. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $50,440
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,090
- Employment: 253,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,400)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,480)
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#36. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $51,010
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,950
- Employment: 54,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,460)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($73,070)

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#35. Insulation workers, mechanical

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $51,070
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,470
- Employment: 27,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($109,380)
--- Syracuse, NY ($97,670)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,740)
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#34. Advertising sales agents

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $51,220
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,040
- Employment: 110,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($97,840)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($83,050)
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#33. Maintenance workers, machinery

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $51,260
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,960
- Employment: 65,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($77,890)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($77,690)
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)
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#32. Private detectives and investigators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $51,280
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,100
- Employment: 32,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#31. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $52,680
- #295 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,100
- Employment: 417,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)

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#30. Surveying and mapping technicians

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $53,070
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- Employment: 53,370
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)
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#29. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $53,890
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($67,770)
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#28. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $53,940
- #354 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,590

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- Employment: 1,427,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,050)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,430)
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#27. Industrial machinery mechanics

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $54,630
- #340 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,350
- Employment: 385,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
--- Anchorage, AK ($82,890)
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#26. Postal service clerks

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $54,830
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,200
- Employment: 86,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
--- Florence, SC ($59,360)
--- Monroe, MI ($59,320)

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#25. Postal service mail carriers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $55,500
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,180
- Employment: 333,570
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#24. Insurance sales agents

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $55,590
- #335 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,100
- Employment: 409,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,470)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($95,620)
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#23. Tax preparers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $55,790
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,710
- Employment: 62,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)
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#22. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $55,890
- #281 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,080

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,210
- Employment: 219,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
--- Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area ($105,220)
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#21. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $56,300
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Employment: 147,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($86,740)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($82,520)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,470)

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#20. Construction and building inspectors

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $57,550
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,470
- Employment: 113,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($121,510)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,190)
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#19. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $60,920
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,600
- Employment: 53,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($114,400)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($113,220)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($112,950)
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#18. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $61,290
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- Employment: 287,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area ($92,500)
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#17. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $61,740
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,230
- Employment: 503,390
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,590)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,760)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($87,420)
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#16. Chefs and head cooks

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $62,000
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,740
- Employment: 101,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($79,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)

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#15. Hearing aid specialists

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $62,180
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,630
- Employment: 7,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($75,130)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($73,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,300)
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#14. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $62,910
- #375 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,870

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,500
- Employment: 1,278,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,280)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($92,660)
--- Napa, CA ($92,620)
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#13. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $63,040
- #462 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,600

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- Employment: 475,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,830)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,030)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,870)
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#12. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $64,810
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,970

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,490
- Employment: 977,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,810)
--- Boulder, CO ($101,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($97,360)
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#11. Food service managers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $65,230
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,000
- Employment: 197,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($91,320)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($89,860)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,750)

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#10. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $66,120
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,800
- Employment: 599,900
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($96,900)
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#9. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $66,420
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,500

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- Employment: 614,080
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($112,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($101,210)
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#8. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $66,480
- #437 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,120
- Employment: 240,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($129,860)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($121,360)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($121,250)
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#7. Lodging managers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $67,810
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($122,290)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
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#6. Gambling managers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $68,170
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $85,440
- Employment: 3,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($106,830)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($104,140)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($103,210)

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#5. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $75,570
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,410
- Employment: 114,930
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
--- Salinas, CA ($110,180)
--- North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($109,740)
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#4. Commercial pilots

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $88,210
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $110,830
- Employment: 37,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($185,920)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($184,260)
--- Savannah, GA ($177,450)
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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $89,120
- #299 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,100
- Employment: 132,210
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($159,890)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($154,170)
--- Trenton, NJ ($144,620)
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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $90,880
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,610

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,300
- Employment: 105,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($132,210)
--- Anchorage, AK ($127,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($123,460)
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#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $97,650
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $97,180
- Employment: 122,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($182,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($170,740)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($164,600)

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