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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Bakersfield that don't require a college degree

From the moment they arrive 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, and coaches. 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 nondegree 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 2021 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to discover the highest paying jobs in Bakersfield, CA that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $61,290
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,270

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,380
- Employment: 1,443,630
- 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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#49. Service unit operators, oil and gas

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $61,440
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,660
- Employment: 32,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($79,050)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($73,100)
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($65,030)
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#48. Continuous mining machine operators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $61,700
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,430
- Employment: 14,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Duluth, MN-WI ($70,810)
--- Wheeling, WV-OH ($67,910)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($61,700)
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#47. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $61,920
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,320
- Employment: 121,150
- 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. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $62,220
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,030
- Employment: 234,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($103,610)

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#45. Wind turbine service technicians

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $62,680
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,580
- Employment: 10,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($69,410)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($62,680)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($57,240)
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#44. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $64,130
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,870
- Employment: 466,910
- 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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#43. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $64,850
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,280
- Employment: 404,820
- 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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#42. Sheet metal workers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $64,940
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,760
- Employment: 122,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#41. Crane and tower operators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $65,770
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 43,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($131,160)
--- Syracuse, NY ($103,350)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($99,990)

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#40. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $65,840
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,390
- Employment: 51,040
- 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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#39. Industrial machinery mechanics

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,000
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,780
- Employment: 373,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
--- Anchorage, AK ($82,890)
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#38. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,170
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- 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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#37. Structural iron and steel workers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $67,190
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,270
- Employment: 68,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($83,340)
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#36. Firefighters

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $67,440
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,290
- Employment: 317,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($114,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,150)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($97,470)

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#35. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $67,950
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,350
- Employment: 172,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($88,140)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($84,690)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,570)
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#34. Electricians

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,020
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- Employment: 650,580
- 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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#33. Food service managers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,110
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,970
- Employment: 210,680
- 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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#32. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,960
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,470
- Employment: 125,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,470)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($86,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,860)
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#31. Surveying and mapping technicians

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $70,210
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,810
- Employment: 56,070
- 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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#30. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $70,340
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,330
- Employment: 629,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($90,410)
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#29. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $70,350
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- Employment: 1,026,390
- 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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#28. Real estate sales agents

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $71,180
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,480
- Employment: 175,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#27. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $71,340
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,390

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,390
- Employment: 1,242,490
- 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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#26. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $71,550
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,500
- Employment: 34,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($96,520)

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#25. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $73,730
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,230
- Employment: 50,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($87,890)
--- Fresno, CA ($86,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,640)
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#24. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $74,150
- #330 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,320
- Employment: 243,920
- 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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#23. Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $74,240
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,840
- Employment: 11,170
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($84,210)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($75,750)
--- Lafayette, LA ($75,710)
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#22. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $76,250
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,960
- Employment: 278,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,800)
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#21. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,610
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- Employment: 101,530
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,680)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($90,370)
--- Salinas, CA ($88,050)

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#20. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,650
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,640
- Employment: 22,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,210)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($118,510)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($114,280)
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#19. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $82,540
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,590
- Employment: 526,240
- 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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#18. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $82,910
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,510
- Employment: 29,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($99,740)
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#17. Construction and building inspectors

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $83,210
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,480
- Employment: 117,830
- 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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#16. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $83,400
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,310
- Employment: 44,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA ($98,380)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($94,070)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($92,800)

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#15. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $84,080
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,590

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,060
- Employment: 665,870
- 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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#14. Correctional officers and jailers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,490
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,500

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,420
- Employment: 392,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($96,580)
--- Salinas, CA ($89,100)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,260)
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#13. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,520
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,270
- Employment: 80,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($171,060)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($135,860)
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#12. Gas plant operators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $86,350
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,970
- Employment: 15,110
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($98,750)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($97,080)
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#11. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $90,310
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $78,440
- Employment: 5,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($104,810)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($101,650)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($101,610)

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#10. Court reporters and simultaneous captioners

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $90,720
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,240
- Employment: 12,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,910)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($100,060)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($99,120)
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#9. Private detectives and investigators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $91,080
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,970
- Employment: 28,860
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#8. Power plant operators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $94,110
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,740
- Employment: 28,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#7. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $95,270
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,580
- Employment: 144,640
- 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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#6. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $102,130
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,060
- Employment: 123,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
--- Salinas, CA ($110,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,490)

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#5. Detectives and criminal investigators

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $104,410
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,370
- Employment: 107,890
- 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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#4. Real estate brokers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $108,980
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,490
- Employment: 48,460
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)
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#3. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $110,400
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,750
- Employment: 54,470
- 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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Canva

#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $110,410
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,760
- Employment: 128,230
- 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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#1. Commercial pilots

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $132,040
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,080
- Employment: 42,770
- 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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