Highest paying jobs in Bakersfield for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield, CA 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. Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $55,080
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,800
- Employment: 9,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($55,080)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($53,240)
--- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($53,220)
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#49. Meter readers, utilities

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $55,630
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,160
- Employment: 26,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($74,040)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,530)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($67,510)
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#48. Automotive body and related repairers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $55,710
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#47. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $55,990
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#46. Maintenance workers, machinery

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $57,380
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#45. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $58,090
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,500
- Employment: 40,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,090)
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#44. Carpenters

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $58,720
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- Employment: 699,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($81,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,280)
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#43. Advertising sales agents

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $58,940
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#42. Crushing, grinding, and polishing machine setters, operators, and tenders

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $59,170
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,290
- Employment: 32,460
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($76,480)
--- Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area ($70,140)
--- Nevada nonmetropolitan area ($60,400)
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#41. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $59,880
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($95,980)
--- Decatur, IL ($92,670)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($89,340)

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#40. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $59,920
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#39. 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: $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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#38. 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: $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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#37. 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: $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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#36. 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: $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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#35. 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: $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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#34. Sheet metal workers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- Employment: 128,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#33. Crane and tower operators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,010
- Employment: 44,060
- 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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#32. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,950
- 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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#31. Industrial machinery mechanics

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

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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#30. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

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

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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#29. Structural iron and steel workers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,650
- Employment: 71,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($84,570)
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#28. Electricians

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

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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#27. Food service managers

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

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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#26. Surveying and mapping technicians

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

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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#25. 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: $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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#24. 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: $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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#23. Real estate sales agents

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,990
- Employment: 168,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#22. 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: $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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#21. 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: $77,610
- Employment: 40,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($101,900)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)

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#20. 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: $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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#19. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- 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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#18. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,860
- Employment: 122,480
- 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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#17. 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: $73,100
- 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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#16. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,170
- Employment: 29,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($101,630)

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#15. Construction and building inspectors

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

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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#14. 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: $62,400
- Employment: 50,660
- 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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#13. 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: $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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#12. Correctional officers and jailers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 405,870
- 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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#11. Gas plant operators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,290
- Employment: 14,990
- 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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#10. 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: $76,810
- Employment: 5,670
- 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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#9. Private detectives and investigators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,100
- 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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#8. Power plant operators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- 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: $105,100
- 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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#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: $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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#5. Detectives and criminal investigators

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

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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#4. Real estate brokers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- 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: $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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#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: $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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#1. Commercial pilots

Bakersfield, CA
- Annual mean salary: $132,040
- #16 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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