Highest paying jobs in Lakeland for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Lakeland 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 Lakeland-Winter Haven, 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. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $43,690
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,700
- Employment: 18,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($97,000)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($88,350)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($75,440)
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#49. Traffic technicians

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $43,740
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#48. Cargo and freight agents

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,250
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,170
- Employment: 96,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($80,300)
--- Yakima, WA ($68,030)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($64,030)
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#47. Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,510
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,850
- Employment: 47,930
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($92,800)
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($83,130)
--- Napa, CA ($68,470)
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#46. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,590
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,490
- Employment: 156,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,520)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($62,040)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($60,730)

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#45. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,690
- #234 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,300

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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#44. Millwrights

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,790
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#43. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,110
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#42. Automotive body and related repairers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,160
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#41. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,370
- #455 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#40. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,510
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,330
- Employment: 93,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area ($91,300)
--- Billings, MT ($88,420)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($76,050)
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#39. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,610
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,150
- Employment: 68,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Eugene, OR ($70,940)
--- Salem, OR ($68,640)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($68,520)
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#38. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $46,830
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#37. Electricians

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $46,960
- #465 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 940

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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#36. Dental laboratory technicians

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,120
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,230
- Employment: 30,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($67,730)
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($59,560)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($55,140)

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#35. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,530
- #161 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#34. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,540
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

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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#33. Real estate sales agents

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,800
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#32. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,400
- #294 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $49,270
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,640
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#29. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,730
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#28. Detectives and criminal investigators

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $52,130
- #335 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $52,370
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#26. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,110
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#25. Postal service mail carriers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,490
- #290 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#24. Insurance sales agents

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,140
- #344 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,090

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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#23. Advertising sales agents

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,180
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#22. Real estate brokers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,590
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#20 (tie). Chefs and head cooks

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $56,490
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#20 (tie). Private detectives and investigators

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $56,490
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#19. Postal service clerks

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $56,680
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,300
- #376 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,860

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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#17. Industrial machinery mechanics

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,480
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,170

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,500
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,140

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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#15. Construction and building inspectors

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,940
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#14. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,780
- #387 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#13. Crane and tower operators

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $59,370
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $60,170
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,750
- #344 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,160

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,790
- #400 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,350

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,040
- #371 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,900

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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#8. Food service managers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,420
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#7. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $66,980
- #242 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,760
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

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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#5. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $80,760
- #267 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#4. Power plant operators

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $83,340
- #74 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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#3. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $83,940
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $97,800
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
- Annual mean salary: $98,660
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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