Highest paying jobs in Port St. Lucie for high school graduates

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April 25, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Port St. Lucie 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 Port St. Lucie, 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. Surveying and mapping technicians

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,460
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- Employment: 53,370
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)
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#49. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,740
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#48. Sheet metal workers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,780
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- Employment: 128,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#47. Cargo and freight agents

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,790
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#46. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,040
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- Employment: 397,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($71,250)

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#45. Automotive body and related repairers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,300
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#44. Self-enrichment teachers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,840
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,930
- Employment: 222,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($70,350)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($66,650)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($63,470)
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#43. Opticians, dispensing

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,860
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#42. Structural iron and steel workers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $46,280
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,650
- Employment: 71,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($84,570)
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#41. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $46,700
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,450

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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#40. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,650
- #165 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#39. Food batchmakers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,700
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,970
- Employment: 153,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($65,310)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($56,900)
--- Binghamton, NY ($50,910)
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#38. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,760
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#37. Machinists

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,900
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,800
- Employment: 360,340
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($76,230)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($71,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,300)
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#36. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,960
- #413 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#35. Electricians

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,020
- #443 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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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#34. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,080
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,650
- Employment: 248,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($69,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($68,140)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($64,980)
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#33. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#32. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,520
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#31. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,960
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#30. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $49,170
- #377 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,100
- Employment: 417,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)
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#29. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $49,610
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#28. Motorboat mechanics and service technicians

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $50,240
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $51,050
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#26. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $52,040
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#25. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $52,290
- #411 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $52,360
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#23. Postal service mail carriers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,560
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#22. Postal service clerks

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $54,220
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#21. Crane and tower operators

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $54,620
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#20. Industrial machinery mechanics

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,960
- #209 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,680
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

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. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,820
- #208 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,630

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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#17. Construction and building inspectors

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $59,390
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#16. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $59,630
- #383 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#15. Advertising sales agents

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $60,580
- #76 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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#14. Insurance sales agents

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $61,640
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $61,760
- #183 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,330
- #410 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#11. Chefs and head cooks

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,150
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,540
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#9. Real estate sales agents

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $64,320
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,120
- #401 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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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#7. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $65,710
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $67,120
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $75,620
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $87,290
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $87,630
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $104,160
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Port St. Lucie, FL
- Annual mean salary: $126,230
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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