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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in San Francisco 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 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $82,820
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- Employment: 10,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($89,080)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($87,130)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($86,160)
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#49. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $83,090
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#48. Fabric and apparel patternmakers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $83,260
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#47. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $84,540
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,660

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,330
- Employment: 629,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($90,410)
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#46. Sound engineering technicians

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $84,930
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#45. Traffic technicians

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,160
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,210
- Employment: 7,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,160)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($77,500)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($76,460)
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#44. Correctional officers and jailers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,230
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,630

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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#43. Lodging managers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,280
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,370
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,450

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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#41. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $85,860
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,400

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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#40. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $86,660
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#39. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $86,900
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,560

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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#38. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $87,420
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,160

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,870
- Employment: 466,910
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,590)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,760)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($87,420)
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#37. Postmasters and mail superintendents

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $89,070
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#36. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $89,500
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,600

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)

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#35. Millwrights

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $90,580
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,260
- Employment: 39,240
- 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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#34. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $90,680
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $91,210
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,020
- Employment: 21,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lima, OH ($92,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($91,210)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($90,170)
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#32. Fire inspectors and investigators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $92,300
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#31. Public safety telecommunicators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $92,790
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,030
- Employment: 97,050
- 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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#30. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $92,870
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,430

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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#29. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $92,910
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,190

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. Crane and tower operators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $93,760
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#27. Electricians

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $93,900
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,590

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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#26. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $93,980
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $96,190
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,470

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $97,360
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 24,110

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- Employment: 1,026,390
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,810)
--- Boulder, CO ($101,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($97,360)
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#23. Firefighters

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $98,150
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,820

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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#22. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $100,220
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#21. Insurance sales agents

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $103,470
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,110

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $103,820
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,240

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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#19. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $103,930
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $104,880
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,950
- Employment: 3,760
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,620)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($106,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($104,880)
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#17. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $105,090
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

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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#16. Power plant operators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $105,420
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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. Construction and building inspectors

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $106,190
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

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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#14. Boilermakers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $106,660
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,070
- Employment: 12,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,660)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($96,080)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($90,620)
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#13. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $109,490
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#12. Court reporters and simultaneous captioners

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $109,910
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $110,910
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#10. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $113,220
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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. Detectives and criminal investigators

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $117,620
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#8. Real estate brokers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $122,930
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,440

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,490
- Employment: 48,460
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)
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#7. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $126,420
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

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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#6. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $127,000
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,260

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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#5. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $130,290
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

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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#4. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $134,990
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#3. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $135,860
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $170,740
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $185,920
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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