Highest paying jobs in Los Angeles for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, 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. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,560
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,600

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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#49. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,910
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,630

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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#48. Model makers, metal and plastic

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $67,580
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,180
- Employment: 3,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,140)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($76,210)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($74,210)
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#47. Millwrights

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $68,810
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,080
- Employment: 44,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,580)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($80,780)
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#46. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,090
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 20,960

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

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,240
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 39,580

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

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,480
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 54,380

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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#43. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,730
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,740

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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#42. Structural iron and steel workers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,850
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,430

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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#41. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,940
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,220

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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#40. Sheet metal workers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,950
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,150

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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#39. Public safety telecommunicators

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $70,910
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,820

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,800
- Employment: 93,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($97,380)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,790)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($76,950)
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#38. Riggers

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
- Annual mean salary: $71,200
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,020
- Employment: 21,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($89,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,310)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($73,160)
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#37. 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: $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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#36. 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: $46,400
- Employment: 44,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,510)
--- Nevada nonmetropolitan area ($81,690)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($78,180)

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#35. 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: $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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#34. 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: $81,320
- Employment: 27,360
- 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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#33. 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: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($122,290)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
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#32. 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: $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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#31. 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: $57,880
- Employment: 4,670
- 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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#30. 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: $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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#29. 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: $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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#28. 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: $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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#27. 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: $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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#26. 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: $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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#25. 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: $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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#24. 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: $49,770
- 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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#23. 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: $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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#22. 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: $69,100
- Employment: 409,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,470)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($95,620)
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#21. 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: $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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#20. 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: $70,650
- 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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#19. 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: $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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#18. 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: $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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#17. 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: $73,100
- 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. 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: $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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#15. 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: $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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#14. 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: $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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#13. 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: $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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#12. 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: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- 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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#11. 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: $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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#10. 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: $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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#9. 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: $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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#8. 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: $93,260
- Employment: 9,940
- 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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#7. 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: $52,130
- Employment: 2,900
- 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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#6. 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: $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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#5. 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: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- 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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#4. 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: $105,100
- 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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#3. 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: $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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#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: $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

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

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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