Highest paying jobs in Gainesville for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Gainesville 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 Gainesville, FL 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. Correctional officers and jailers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $41,790
- #235 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#49. Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $41,900
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,070
- Employment: 240,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,830)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,120)
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($58,380)
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#48. Loan interviewers and clerks

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,030
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 204,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($59,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,140)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,710)
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#47. Tree trimmers and pruners

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,450
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,040
- Employment: 52,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($66,120)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,000)
--- Anchorage, AK ($64,280)
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#46. Carpenters

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,510
- #363 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- Employment: 699,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($81,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,280)

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#45. Opticians, dispensing

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,690
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,380
- Employment: 68,180
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,300)
--- New Haven, CT ($69,460)
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($66,670)
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#44. Meter readers, utilities

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,160
- Employment: 26,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($74,040)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,530)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($67,510)
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#43. Real estate sales agents

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,880
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#42. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $43,690
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,080

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,300
- Employment: 1,063,110
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($57,830)
--- Boulder, CO ($56,520)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,930)
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#41. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $43,780
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,600)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,240)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($60,930)

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#40. Community health workers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $43,970
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,000
- Employment: 58,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,110)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,530)
--- Bend-Redmond, OR ($61,820)
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#39. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $43,980
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,580
- Employment: 549,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($88,150)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($80,420)
--- Odessa, TX ($70,950)
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#38. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,250
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#37. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,870
- #457 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Employment: 147,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($86,740)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($82,520)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,470)
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#36. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,120
- #434 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($67,770)

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#35. Industrial machinery mechanics

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,750
- #510 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#34. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,960
- #442 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#33. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,990
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#32. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $46,280
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,750
- Employment: 160,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($84,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)
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#31. Electricians

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $46,670
- #470 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#30. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,180
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Madera, CA ($76,040)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,800)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($73,360)
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#29. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,760
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#28. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,510
- #256 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#27. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $49,420
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- Employment: 105,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#26. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $49,680
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#25. Automotive body and related repairers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,280
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,430
- Employment: 137,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($71,350)
--- Ames, IA ($68,340)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,060)
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#24. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,850
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,090
- Employment: 253,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,400)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,480)
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#23. Postal service clerks

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $52,320
- #256 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,200
- Employment: 86,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
--- Florence, SC ($59,360)
--- Monroe, MI ($59,320)
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#22. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,280
- #375 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#21. Postal service mail carriers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,410
- #307 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,180
- Employment: 333,570
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)

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#20. Advertising sales agents

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,800
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,500
- #410 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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. Insurance sales agents

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,830
- #334 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,420
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,320

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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#16. Chefs and head cooks

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,430
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,740
- Employment: 101,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($79,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)

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

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $59,400
- #466 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $60,020
- #427 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#13. Construction and building inspectors

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $60,170
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $61,040
- #497 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $61,890
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,450
- #390 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#9. Food service managers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,850
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,000
- Employment: 197,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($91,320)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($89,860)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,750)
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#8. Lodging managers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $64,380
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $64,570
- #348 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#6. Detectives and criminal investigators

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $68,860
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#5. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $69,880
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $76,880
- #275 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $79,110
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $92,460
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Gainesville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $93,520
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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