Highest paying jobs in Jacksonville for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Jacksonville 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 Jacksonville, 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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,570
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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. Medical appliance technicians

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,630
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,630
- Employment: 13,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Flagstaff, AZ ($59,800)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($58,690)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,910)
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#48. Chefs and head cooks

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,740
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

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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#47. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $49,450
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#46. Maintenance workers, machinery

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $49,950
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,960
- Employment: 65,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($77,890)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($77,690)
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $50,150
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

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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#44. Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $50,170
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,480
- Employment: 99,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Longview, WA ($65,210)
--- Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL ($58,070)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($57,790)
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#43. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $50,280
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

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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#42. Advertising sales agents

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $50,430
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $50,580
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#40. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $50,620
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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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#39. Millwrights

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,130
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#38. Airfield operations specialists

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,150
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,360
- Employment: 10,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($88,510)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($80,230)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,230)
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#37. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,170
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#36. Brokerage clerks

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,250
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,460
- Employment: 44,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,310)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,330)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,970)

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#35. Motorboat mechanics and service technicians

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,720
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,490
- Employment: 20,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($66,390)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($59,690)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($57,930)
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#34. Insurance sales agents

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $52,570
- #376 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,540

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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#33. Postal service clerks

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,190
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,240
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#31. Occupational health and safety technicians

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $54,230
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)

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#30. Industrial machinery mechanics

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $54,350
- #350 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,450

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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#29. Postal service mail carriers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,650
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,320

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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#28. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,800
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,470

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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#27. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,640
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#26. Meter readers, utilities

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,260
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#25. Crane and tower operators

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,750
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#24. Construction and building inspectors

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,800
- #219 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#23. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $59,010
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#22. Private detectives and investigators

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $59,560
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,100
- Employment: 32,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#21. Flight attendants

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $61,290
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,150
- Employment: 116,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($94,320)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($72,130)
--- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL ($67,620)

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $61,540
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,700

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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#19. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $61,550
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,740

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- Employment: 287,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area ($92,500)
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#18. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,280
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,420
- Employment: 22,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area ($85,480)
--- Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area ($77,330)
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
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#17. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,340
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,750

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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#16. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,490
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $64,810
- #414 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,930

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,100
- #354 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,210

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $66,300
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,160

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,120
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,200

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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#11. Food service managers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,550
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#10. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,840
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,410
- Employment: 114,930
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
--- Salinas, CA ($110,180)
--- North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($109,740)
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#9. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $69,300
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,460

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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#8. Power plant operators

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $70,000
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#7. Lodging managers

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $70,360
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#6. Transportation inspectors

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $75,520
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,320
- Employment: 27,360
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($112,260)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($111,930)
--- Anchorage, AK ($108,140)

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#5. Detectives and criminal investigators

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $85,210
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $88,680
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,560

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $92,940
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $98,840
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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

Jacksonville, FL
- Annual mean salary: $102,060
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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