Highest-paying jobs in Fayetteville that don't require a college degree

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February 7, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Fayetteville that don't require a college degree

From the moment they first set foot on campus, today's high-school students are inundated with messages about the importance of receiving a college education. They hear it from their guidance counselors, teachers, parents, family members, neighbors, coaches—the list goes on and on. While graduation from a four-year college can certainly work wonders for students' future careers, it's not necessary for all fields—something admissions officers and guidance counselors sometimes fail to mention.

To find the highest-paying jobs that don't require a college degree, Stacker consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to compile a list of all jobs that don't require higher education. All professions that listed a high-school diploma, some college education (without a degree conferred), postsecondary non-degree award, or no formal education requirements for entry-level positions were considered. Jobs that didn't list any entry-level education requirement were excluded, as were job titles that grouped several positions together. Jobs are ranked by 2020 annual mean wage. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

Keep reading to discover the highest-paying jobs in Fayetteville that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $44,580
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,090
- Employment: 253,010
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,320)
--- New Bedford, MA ($75,110)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,460)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.
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#49. Massage therapists

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $44,660
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,350
- Employment: 85,040
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Port St. Lucie, FL ($81,640)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,530)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($72,730)
- Job description: Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.
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#48. First-line supervisors of personal service and entertainment and recreation workers, except gambling services

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $44,760
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,820
- Employment: 174,860
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL ($61,470)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($59,540)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,030)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of entertainment and recreation related workers.
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#47. Cargo and freight agents

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $46,120
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,170
- Employment: 96,510
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Yakima, WA ($72,590)
--- St. Cloud, MN ($67,360)
--- Springfield, MO ($59,660)
- Job description: Expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals and shipping docks. Take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform. Prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.
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#46. Hazardous materials removal workers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $46,710
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,170
- Employment: 44,010
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Knoxville, TN ($79,260)
--- Salinas, CA ($72,170)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($70,300)
- Job description: Identify, remove, pack, transport, or dispose of hazardous materials, including asbestos, lead-based paint, waste oil, fuel, transmission fluid, radioactive materials, or contaminated soil. Specialized training and certification in hazardous materials handling or a confined entry permit are generally required. May operate earth-moving equipment or trucks.

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#45. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $46,830
- #208 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,450

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,090
- Employment: 676,440
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,950)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($74,820)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($74,520)
- Job description: Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
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#44. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $46,910
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($64,470)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($63,300)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($62,600)
- Job description: Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.
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#43. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $46,950
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,950
- Employment: 54,960
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salem, OR ($73,530)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($71,970)
--- Greeley, CO ($71,560)
- Job description: Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a variety of purposes. May compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.
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#42. Industrial machinery mechanics

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $47,370
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,350
- Employment: 385,980
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($84,180)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($84,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,580)
- Job description: Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. May also install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to plans.
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#41. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $47,400
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Duluth, MN-WI ($90,610)
--- Providence-Warwick, RI-MA ($90,290)
--- Pittsfield, MA ($90,070)
- Job description: Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances, to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures.

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#40. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $47,490
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,040
- Employment: 128,300
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($95,680)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($89,710)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($87,830)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
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#39. Automotive service technicians and mechanics

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $48,180
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,760
- Employment: 620,110
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($66,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($64,630)
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($64,420)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.
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#38. Postal service clerks

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $48,440
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,200
- Employment: 86,950
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Monroe, MI ($58,120)
--- El Centro, CA ($58,000)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($57,330)
- Job description: Perform any combination of tasks in a United States Postal Service (USPS) post office, such as receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags; and examine mail for correct postage. Includes postal service clerks employed by USPS contractors.
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#37. Surgical technologists

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $48,790
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,510
- Employment: 107,400
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($79,230)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($74,080)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($73,460)
- Job description: Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
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#36. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $49,460
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,170
- Employment: 29,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($104,970)
--- Springfield, IL ($102,660)
- Job description: Operate or maintain stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operate equipment such as steam engines, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers.

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#35. Lodging managers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $49,530
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($108,990)
--- Reno, NV ($106,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,560)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that provides lodging and other accommodations.
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#34. Food service managers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $50,120
- #309 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,000
- Employment: 197,010
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($97,610)
--- Trenton, NJ ($95,640)
--- Waterbury, CT ($88,100)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.
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#33. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $50,720
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- Employment: 105,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Wausau, WI ($57,620)
--- Cape Girardeau, MO-IL ($55,670)
--- Canton-Massillon, OH ($55,520)
- Job description: Prepare incoming and outgoing mail for distribution for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Examine, sort, and route mail. Load, operate, and occasionally adjust and repair mail processing, sorting, and canceling machinery. Keep records of shipments, pouches, and sacks, and perform other duties related to mail handling within the postal service. Includes postal service mail sorters and processors employed by USPS contractors.
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#32. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $50,740
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,820

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,710
- Employment: 1,797,710
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($65,170)
--- Danville, IL ($63,230)
--- Lewiston, ID-WA ($62,250)
- Job description: Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers.
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#31. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $51,190
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,980
- Employment: 190,510
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elmira, NY ($94,280)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($92,920)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($87,940)
- Job description: Install, set up, rearrange, or remove switching, distribution, routing, and dialing equipment used in central offices or headends. Service or repair telephone, cable television, Internet, and other communications equipment on customers' property. May install communications equipment or communications wiring in buildings.

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#30. Postal service mail carriers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $51,820
- #320 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,180
- Employment: 333,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bismarck, ND ($56,520)
--- Burlington, NC ($55,750)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($55,680)
- Job description: Sort and deliver mail for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot. Includes postal service mail carriers employed by USPS contractors.
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#29. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $52,130
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($69,410)
--- Pine Bluff, AR ($68,850)
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($66,920)
- Job description: Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.
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#28. Pest control workers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $52,470
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,350
- Employment: 79,560
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($66,690)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($60,150)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($55,280)
- Job description: Apply or release chemical solutions or toxic gases and set traps to kill or remove pests and vermin that infest buildings and surrounding areas.
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#27. Real estate brokers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $52,700
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($134,770)
--- Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ ($129,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($116,510)
- Job description: Operate real estate office, or work for commercial real estate firm, overseeing real estate transactions. Other duties usually include selling real estate or renting properties and arranging loans.
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#26. Millwrights

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $54,020
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,080
- Employment: 44,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elmira, NY ($94,190)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($90,570)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,090)
- Job description: Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

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#25. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $54,080
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,860
- Employment: 122,480
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($93,060)
--- Salinas, CA ($91,790)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($89,000)
- Job description: Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
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#24. Photographers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $54,990
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,290
- Employment: 41,600
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Logan, UT-ID ($75,100)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($74,620)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($72,690)
- Job description: Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists.
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#23. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $55,960
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,770

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- Employment: 1,427,260
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($78,770)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($77,030)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($75,820)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.
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#22. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $56,040
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($85,110)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($77,260)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($76,940)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.
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#21. Chefs and head cooks

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $56,660
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,740
- Employment: 101,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($98,210)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($90,840)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($86,460)
- Job description: Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

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#20. Insurance sales agents

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $56,910
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,100
- Employment: 409,950
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,540)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($105,840)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($105,190)
- Job description: Sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as an independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company.
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#19. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $57,270
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,600
- Employment: 53,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($115,020)
--- Trenton, NJ ($113,630)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($113,070)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.
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#18. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $58,250
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,230
- Employment: 503,390
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,040)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($89,100)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,180)
- Job description: Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, and handling information requests, as well as performing routine administrative functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.
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#17. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $60,290
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- Employment: 614,080
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,870)
--- Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA ($103,930)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($100,620)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
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#16. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $61,580
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,770

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,800
- Employment: 599,900
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($101,930)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($100,590)
--- Longview, WA ($99,590)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Excludes team or work leaders.

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#15. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $62,700
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,170
- Employment: 69,000
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($187,890)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($181,340)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($176,050)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in firefighting and fire prevention and control.
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#14. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $63,510
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,410
- Employment: 114,930
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($114,820)
--- Redding, CA ($112,850)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($111,810)
- Job description: Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
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#13. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $63,620
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,150
- Employment: 23,070
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($113,410)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($111,660)
--- Anchorage, AK ($111,470)
- Job description: Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.
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#12. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $63,790
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- Employment: 475,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($95,680)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,810)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers. May also advise customers on recommended services. Excludes team or work leaders.
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#11. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $65,480
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,400
- Employment: 50,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($95,240)
--- Madison, WI ($90,020)
--- Salinas, CA ($87,650)
- Job description: Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.

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#10. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $66,930
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,610

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,490
- Employment: 977,070
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($115,620)
--- Lawrence, KS ($97,910)
--- Boulder, CO ($94,870)
- Job description: Sell services to individuals or businesses. May describe options or resolve client problems.
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#9. Power plant operators

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $68,510
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,420)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,830)
--- Redding, CA ($106,030)
- Job description: Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.
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#8. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $69,010
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $97,180
- Employment: 122,310
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($200,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($182,810)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($182,720)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
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#7. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $71,600
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- Employment: 287,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($97,980)
--- Waterbury, CT ($92,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($88,750)
- Job description: Review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures. Confer with legal counsel on claims requiring litigation. May also settle insurance claims.
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#6. Detectives and criminal investigators

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $75,820
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,300
- Employment: 105,980
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($127,380)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($127,090)
--- Anchorage, AK ($126,530)
- Job description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

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#5. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $82,310
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,210
- Employment: 219,800
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($117,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($113,800)
--- Boulder, CO ($107,230)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of commercial, industrial, or residential real estate properties. Includes managers of homeowner and condominium associations, rented or leased housing units, buildings, or land (including rights-of-way).
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#4. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $83,220
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,820

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,500
- Employment: 1,278,670
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Danbury, CT ($112,810)
--- Napa, CA ($101,850)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($93,680)
- Job description: Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.
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#3. Real estate sales agents

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $84,360
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,990
- Employment: 168,740
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($106,280)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($101,300)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($98,580)
- Job description: Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.
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#2. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $96,810
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,120
- Employment: 240,290
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($124,150)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($122,460)
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($119,130)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. May perform duties such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO
- Annual mean salary: $131,280
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,100
- Employment: 132,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($163,580)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($137,680)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($136,410)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.

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