Highest paying jobs in Sacramento for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Sacramento for high school graduates

The average college graduate in 2019 earned $78,000 a year, while the average high school graduate takes home just $45,000, according to research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. To put it in perspective, the average annual wage for workers in the U.S. that same year was $51,916.27.

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.

Just because you decide higher education isn’t in the cards doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a lifetime of low-paying jobs. You just need to be strategic about the career you choose. Stacker compiled a list of the highest paying jobs for high school graduates in Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2020 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to see which jobs in your city pay the most for high school graduates.

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#50. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $63,350 (#40 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 810

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Employment: 147,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($84,460)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($81,920)
--- Bismarck, ND ($78,350)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and mining.
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#49. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $63,960 (#50 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 950

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,860
- Employment: 122,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($93,060)
--- Salinas, CA ($91,790)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($89,000)
- Job description: Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
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#48. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $64,040 (#86 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 3,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,100
- Employment: 417,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,100)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($94,280)
--- Kankakee, IL ($93,420)
- Job description: Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.
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#47. Community health workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $64,370 (#3 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,000
- Employment: 58,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,920)
--- Manchester, NH ($66,210)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($64,370)
- Job description: Promote health within a community by assisting individuals to adopt healthy behaviors. Serve as an advocate for the health needs of individuals by assisting community residents in effectively communicating with healthcare providers or social service agencies. Act as liaison or advocate and implement programs that promote, maintain, and improve individual and overall community health. May deliver health-related preventive services such as blood pressure, glaucoma, and hearing screenings. May collect data to help identify community health needs.
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#46. Industrial machinery mechanics

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $64,660 (#42 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 980

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

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

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $64,710 (#12 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,500
- Employment: 40,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,100)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($84,840)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,360)
- Job description: Operate or tend machinery at surface mining site, equipped with scoops, shovels, or buckets to excavate and load loose materials.
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#44. Medical equipment preparers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $64,970 (#3 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 590

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,070
- Employment: 56,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($65,400)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,280)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($64,970)
- Job description: Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.
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#43. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $65,250 (#34 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 9,710

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- Employment: 1,427,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($78,770)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($77,030)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($75,820)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.
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#42. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,470 (#11 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,330
- Employment: 93,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Billings, MT ($77,010)
--- Hattiesburg, MS ($73,780)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($71,630)
- Job description: Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels.
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#41. Millwrights

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,690 (#24 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 220

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

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#40. Sheet metal workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,910 (#30 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 680

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- Employment: 128,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($132,900)
--- Kankakee, IL ($91,140)
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($87,030)
- Job description: Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
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#39. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,950 (#29 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 350

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

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $67,870 (#8 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,880
- Employment: 3,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($106,390)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($97,650)
- Job description: Operate pile drivers mounted on skids, barges, crawler treads, or locomotive cranes to drive pilings for retaining walls, bulkheads, and foundations of structures such as buildings, bridges, and piers.
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#37. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $68,680 (#83 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 5,490

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,490
- Employment: 977,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($115,620)
--- Lawrence, KS ($97,910)
--- Boulder, CO ($94,870)
- Job description: Sell services to individuals or businesses. May describe options or resolve client problems.
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#36. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $68,850 (#24 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 3,180

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

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#35. Public safety telecommunicators

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $68,860 (#12 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 640

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,800
- Employment: 93,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($96,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($88,100)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($79,340)
- Job description: Operate telephone, radio, or other communication systems to receive and communicate requests for emergency assistance at 9-1-1 public safety answering points and emergency operations centers. Take information from the public and other sources regarding crimes, threats, disturbances, acts of terrorism, fires, medical emergencies, and other public safety matters. May coordinate and provide information to law enforcement and emergency response personnel. May access sensitive databases and other information sources as needed. May provide additional instructions to callers based on knowledge of and certification in law enforcement, fire, or emergency medical procedures.
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#34. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $68,900 (#96 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 2,910

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,210
- Employment: 219,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($117,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($113,800)
--- Boulder, CO ($107,230)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of commercial, industrial, or residential real estate properties. Includes managers of homeowner and condominium associations, rented or leased housing units, buildings, or land (including rights-of-way).
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#33. Rail car repairers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $69,580 (#4 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,250
- Employment: 22,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($78,660)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($73,970)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($73,790)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul railroad rolling stock, mine cars, or mass transit rail cars.
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#32. Meter readers, utilities

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $71,360 (#4 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,160
- Employment: 26,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($84,560)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($76,260)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($71,420)
- Job description: Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.
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#31. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $71,500 (#75 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 1,630

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

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#30. Advertising sales agents

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $71,700 (#26 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,040
- Employment: 110,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($112,850)
--- Winston-Salem, NC ($104,930)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($92,370)
- Job description: Sell or solicit advertising space, time, or media in publications, signage, TV, radio, or Internet establishments or public spaces.
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#29. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $71,990 (#239 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 1,330

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,120
- Employment: 240,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($124,150)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($122,460)
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($119,130)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. May perform duties such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
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#28. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $72,550 (#39 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 1,770

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,280
- Employment: 402,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,440)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($93,620)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($93,320)
- Job description: Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.
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#27. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $76,200 (#49 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 3,390

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- Employment: 287,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($97,980)
--- Waterbury, CT ($92,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($88,750)
- Job description: Review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures. Confer with legal counsel on claims requiring litigation. May also settle insurance claims.
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#26. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $76,940 (#3 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 600

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

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#25. Lodging managers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,650 (#23 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($108,990)
--- Reno, NV ($106,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,560)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that provides lodging and other accommodations.
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#24. Correctional officers and jailers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,830 (#5 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 2,400

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 405,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($85,850)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($84,790)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,050)
- Job description: Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
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#23. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,960 (#54 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 5,680

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,500
- Employment: 1,278,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Danbury, CT ($112,810)
--- Napa, CA ($101,850)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($93,680)
- Job description: Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.
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#22. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,470 (#9 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 640

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,890
- Employment: 119,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($99,130)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($89,730)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,080)
- Job description: Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.
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#21. Surveying and mapping technicians

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,790 (#3 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- Employment: 53,370
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($86,090)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($82,010)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($79,790)
- Job description: Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist, to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps.

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#20. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $80,110 (#17 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,400
- Employment: 50,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($95,240)
--- Madison, WI ($90,020)
--- Salinas, CA ($87,650)
- Job description: Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.
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#19. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $80,270 (#45 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 2,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- Employment: 475,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($95,680)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,810)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers. May also advise customers on recommended services. Excludes team or work leaders.
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#18. Construction and building inspectors

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $80,660 (#13 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,470
- Employment: 113,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,920)
--- Salinas, CA ($98,360)
- Job description: Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
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#17. Airfield operations specialists

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $80,910 (#1 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,360
- Employment: 10,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($80,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($77,920)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($77,840)
- Job description: Ensure the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Duties include coordination between air-traffic control and maintenance personnel, dispatching, using airfield landing and navigational aids, implementing airfield safety procedures, monitoring and maintaining flight records, and applying knowledge of weather information.
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#16. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $81,050 (#43 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($96,130)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($95,920)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($92,630)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and support services of a U.S. post office; or coordinate activities of workers engaged in postal and related work in assigned post office.

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#15. Real estate sales agents

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $84,320 (#14 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 630

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

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,540 (#26 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 4,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- Employment: 614,080
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,870)
--- Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA ($103,930)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($100,620)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
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#13. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $87,760 (#4 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,130
- Employment: 2,900
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,120)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($94,350)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($93,500)
- Job description: Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards, and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.
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#12. Transportation inspectors

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $88,930 (#27 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,320
- Employment: 27,360
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($119,270)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($117,900)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($104,370)
- Job description: Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people. Includes rail transportation inspectors, such as freight inspectors, rail inspectors, and other inspectors of transportation vehicles not elsewhere classified.
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#11. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $94,700 (#171 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 950

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

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#10. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $95,630 (#6 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 360

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

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $97,340 (#6 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 3,660

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,100
- Employment: 409,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,540)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($105,840)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($105,190)
- Job description: Sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as an independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company.
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#8. Detectives and criminal investigators

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $99,770 (#30 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 1,370

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,300
- Employment: 105,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($127,380)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($127,090)
--- Anchorage, AK ($126,530)
- Job description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.
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#7. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $100,280 (#7 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($109,710)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,080)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($101,990)
- Job description: Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.
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#6. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $107,540 (#6 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 600

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,410
- Employment: 114,930
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($114,820)
--- Redding, CA ($112,850)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($111,810)
- Job description: Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.

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#5. Power plant operators

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $114,420 (#1 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,420)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,830)
--- Redding, CA ($106,030)
- Job description: Control, operate, or maintain machinery to generate electric power. Includes auxiliary equipment operators.
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#4. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $115,020 (#1 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,600
- Employment: 53,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($115,020)
--- Trenton, NJ ($113,630)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($113,070)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.
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#3. Power distributors and dispatchers

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $141,200 (#1 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $93,260
- Employment: 9,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($141,200)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($126,870)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,200)
- Job description: Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.
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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $145,550 (#11 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $97,180
- Employment: 122,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($200,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($182,810)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($182,720)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
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#1. Commercial pilots

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA
- Annual mean salary: $152,290 (#3 highest pay among all metros)
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $110,830
- Employment: 37,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sioux City, IA-NE-SD ($153,990)
--- Medford, OR ($152,730)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($152,290)
- Job description: Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing aircraft on nonscheduled air carrier routes, or helicopters. Requires Commercial Pilot certificate. Includes charter pilots with similar certification, and air ambulance and air tour pilots. Excludes regional, national, and international airline pilots.

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