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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Craft artists

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $72,090
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,730
- Employment: 3,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($72,090)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($62,140)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($57,610)
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#49. Fire inspectors and investigators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $72,130
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,680
- Employment: 14,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dayton, OH ($116,740)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($112,040)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($107,220)
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#48. Electricians

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $72,450
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,660

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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#47. Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $72,500
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,590
- Employment: 44,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,510)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($78,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,380)
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#46. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $72,810
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,430
- Employment: 55,950
- 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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#45. Transportation inspectors

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $73,370
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,620
- Employment: 25,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($112,260)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($111,930)
--- Anchorage, AK ($108,140)
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#44. Lodging managers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $73,950
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,210

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,770
- Employment: 35,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
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#43. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $74,130
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,270

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,360
- Employment: 25,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,600)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($92,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,660)
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#42. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $74,260
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,060

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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#41. Fabric and apparel patternmakers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $74,480
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,070
- Employment: 3,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($84,960)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,260)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($74,480)

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#40. Correctional officers and jailers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $74,550
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,130

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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#39. Real estate sales agents

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $74,820
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,960

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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#38. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $75,550
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 54,890

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

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $76,460
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,850
- Employment: 35,720
- 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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#36. Insurance appraisers, auto damage

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $76,480
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,180
- Employment: 11,430
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($89,810)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,970)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($86,050)

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

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,290
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,680

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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#34. Advertising sales agents

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,780
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,430

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,540
- Employment: 96,660
- 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. Surveying and mapping technicians

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,840
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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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#32. Sound engineering technicians

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $78,010
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,810

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,360
- Employment: 10,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,070)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($84,930)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($84,620)
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#31. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $78,140
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,330

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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#30. Insurance sales agents

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $78,530
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,290

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,340
- Employment: 422,600
- 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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#29. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $78,850
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,600

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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#28. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,230
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,740

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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#27. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,260
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,330

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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#26. Crane and tower operators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $81,710
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,370

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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#25. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $83,290
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,300

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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#24. Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $84,210
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#23. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,710
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,140

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

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $86,340
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,170

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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#21. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $86,750
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#20. Firefighters

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $91,660
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,760

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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#19. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $92,810
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,460

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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#18. Construction and building inspectors

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $93,080
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,900

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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#17. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $93,400
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,820
- Employment: 12,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($97,930)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($96,450)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($94,460)
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#16. Power plant operators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $93,870
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#15. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,400

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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#14. Gas plant operators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $98,750
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#13. Power distributors and dispatchers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $102,060
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,520
- Employment: 9,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($131,560)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($129,570)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($123,540)
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#12. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $103,160
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- Employment: 33,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,420)
--- Anchorage, AK ($118,620)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($110,750)
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#11. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $104,060
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,340
- Employment: 2,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($134,990)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($104,060)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($84,900)

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#10. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $105,300
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#9. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $106,930
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,320
- Employment: 22,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,290)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($113,590)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($113,480)
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#8. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $108,030
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,920

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

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $109,290
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#6. Detectives and criminal investigators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $115,860
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,930

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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#5. Athletes and sports competitors

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $121,150
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $116,930
- Employment: 12,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($212,500)
--- Cleveland-Elyria, OH ($210,210)
--- Columbus, OH ($201,290)
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#4. Makeup artists, theatrical and performance

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $137,140
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $124,380
- Employment: 1,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($137,140)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($127,660)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($102,040)
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#3. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $145,740
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,540

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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $155,890
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,420

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

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $184,260
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,280

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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