Highest paying jobs in San Francisco for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in San Francisco 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 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, 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 office and administrative support workers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $78,430
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 20,270

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- Employment: 1,427,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,050)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,430)
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#49. Industrial machinery mechanics

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,630
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,320

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,350
- Employment: 385,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
--- Anchorage, AK ($82,890)
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#48. Choreographers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $79,760
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 3,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($94,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($79,760)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($63,250)
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#47. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $80,640
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#46. Model makers, metal and plastic

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $81,140
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#45. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $81,390
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,950
- Employment: 54,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,460)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($73,070)
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#44. Sheet metal workers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $81,440
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,560

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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#43. Structural iron and steel workers

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $82,030
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $82,120
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,240

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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#41. Advertising sales agents

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
- Annual mean salary: $82,390
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,530

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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#40. 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: $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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#39. 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: $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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#38. 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: $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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#37. Traffic technicians

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,140
- Employment: 7,430
- 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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#36. 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: $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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#35. Lodging managers

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

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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#34. 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: $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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#33. 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: $70,650
- 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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#32. 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: $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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#31. 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: $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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#30. 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: $61,100
- Employment: 417,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)
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#29. Millwrights

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

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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#28. 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: $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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#27. 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: $65,460
- Employment: 29,710
- 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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#26. 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: $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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#25. 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: $73,100
- 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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#24. 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: $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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#23. 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: $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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#22. Electricians

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

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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#21. 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: $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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#20. 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: $90,120
- Employment: 240,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($129,860)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($121,360)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($121,250)
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#19. 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: $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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#18. 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: $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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#17. 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: $69,100
- 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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#16. 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: $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. 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: $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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#14. 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: $71,880
- Employment: 3,820
- 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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#13. 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: $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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#12. 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: $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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#11. 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: $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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#10. Boilermakers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,430
- Employment: 14,020
- 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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#9. 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: $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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#8. 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: $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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#7. 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: $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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#6. 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: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)

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#5. 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: $105,100
- 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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#4. 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: $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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#3. 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: $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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#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: $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

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

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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