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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Miami 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 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $56,420
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#49. Real estate sales agents

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $56,530
- #165 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,940

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,480
- Employment: 175,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#48. Riggers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $56,690
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,100
- Employment: 17,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($89,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,310)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($73,160)
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#47. Advertising sales agents

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,040
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,250

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,540
- Employment: 96,660
- 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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#46. Public safety telecommunicators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,950
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

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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#45. Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators and locomotive firers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,320
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,050
- Employment: 16,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($104,560)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($68,920)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($60,810)
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#44. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,370
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,450
- Employment: 25,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
--- Redding, CA ($72,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($71,740)
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#43. Traffic technicians

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,610
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#42. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $60,100
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#41. Chefs and head cooks

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $60,430
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,650

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,920
- Employment: 129,810
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($79,430)

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#40. Flight attendants

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $60,460
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,520

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,280
- Employment: 96,900
- 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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#39. Private detectives and investigators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,210
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,970
- Employment: 28,860
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#38. Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,260
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,710
- Employment: 9,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($73,600)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($63,500)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($62,260)
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#37. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,790
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,080
- Employment: 8,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($79,660)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($72,800)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($71,910)
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#36. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,910
- #336 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,230

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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#35. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,290
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $64,260
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $64,500
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 33,390

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,380
- Employment: 1,443,630
- 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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#32. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $64,790
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#31. Brokerage clerks

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,120
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,710
- Employment: 39,980
- 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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#30. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,470
- #272 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,880

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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#29. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,480
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,040

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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#28. Occupational health and safety technicians

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,570
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,560
- Employment: 21,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)
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#27. Crane and tower operators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,650
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#26. Construction and building inspectors

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $66,260
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,800

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,440
- #331 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,390

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,550
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 28,280

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. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,750
- #305 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,010

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,930
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 24,300

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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#21. Firefighters

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $68,000
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,050

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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#20. Fire inspectors and investigators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $68,220
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,660

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $68,540
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,990

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,030
- Employment: 234,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($103,610)
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#18. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $69,370
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,820

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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#17. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,410

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $71,860
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#15. Power plant operators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $75,910
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#14. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $82,670
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

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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#13. Gambling managers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $84,930
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,190
- Employment: 3,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($106,830)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($104,140)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($103,210)
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#12. Transportation inspectors

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $86,810
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,620
- Employment: 25,070
- 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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#11. Ship engineers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $87,220
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,910
- Employment: 7,650
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette, LA ($108,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($100,970)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($99,670)

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#10. Lodging managers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $92,070
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $93,000
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,870

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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#8. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $94,190
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,290

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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#7. Detectives and criminal investigators

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $96,610
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,220

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

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $99,720
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,390

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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#5. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $101,610
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#4. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $111,420
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,160

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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#3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $115,520
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,720

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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#2. Commercial pilots

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $116,980
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,070

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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#1. Athletes and sports competitors

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL
- Annual mean salary: $140,040
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

National
- Annual mean salary: $116,930
- Employment: 12,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($212,500)
--- Cleveland-Elyria, OH ($210,210)
--- Columbus, OH ($201,290)

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