Highest paying jobs in Punta Gorda for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Punta Gorda 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 Punta Gorda, 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. Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $35,610
- #202 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,090
- Employment: 31,500
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($60,540)
--- New Haven, CT ($56,490)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($54,740)
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#49. Office clerks, general

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $36,280
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,230

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,770
- Employment: 2,788,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($49,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($49,740)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($48,850)
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#48. Social and human service assistants

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $36,450
- #279 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- Employment: 399,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($56,140)
--- North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($55,360)
--- Danbury, CT ($54,870)
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#47. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $36,810
- #352 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#46. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $37,480
- #446 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,790
- Employment: 1,357,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,230)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($59,870)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($56,650)

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#45. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,880
- Employment: 891,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,950)
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($52,620)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,140)
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#44. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $38,910
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($95,980)
--- Decatur, IL ($92,670)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($89,340)
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#43. Billing and posting clerks

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $39,020
- #259 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,610
- Employment: 445,160
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,850)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($55,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($54,960)
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#42. Pest control workers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $39,390
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,350
- Employment: 79,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($61,210)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($58,450)
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($57,980)
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#41. Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $39,940
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,900
- Employment: 93,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($59,920)
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($58,870)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($56,220)

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#40. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $40,040
- #482 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#39. Light truck drivers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $40,730
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,050
- Employment: 929,470
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($51,560)
--- Waterbury, CT ($50,100)
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#38. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $41,410
- #380 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,600)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,240)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($60,930)
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#37. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $41,970
- #242 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,500
- Employment: 141,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,770)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($59,160)
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#36. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,410
- #406 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#35. Correctional officers and jailers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,570
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#34. Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $42,920
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,710
- Employment: 110,020
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tulsa, OK ($58,060)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($55,720)
--- Columbus, OH ($53,800)
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#33. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $43,220
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#32. Carpenters

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $43,580
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- Employment: 699,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($81,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,280)
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#31. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,320
- #344 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#30. Electricians

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,430
- #499 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#29. Opticians, dispensing

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,490
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#28. Automotive body and related repairers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,580
- #359 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#27. Public safety telecommunicators

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $44,870
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,800
- Employment: 93,290
- 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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#26. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $45,480
- #359 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

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#25. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $46,440
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#24. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $46,940
- #483 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#23. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,620
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#22. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $47,980
- #401 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#21. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $48,610
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#20. Motorboat mechanics and service technicians

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $49,940
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#19. Chefs and head cooks

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $50,810
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#18. Industrial machinery mechanics

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $53,210
- #386 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#17. Postal service clerks

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $54,290
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#16. Postal service mail carriers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,130
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#15. Detectives and criminal investigators

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $55,270
- #319 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#14. Insurance sales agents

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $56,510
- #317 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,130
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,140
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $57,670
- #473 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,430
- #346 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#9. Construction and building inspectors

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $58,900
- #215 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $61,810
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $62,370
- #408 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $63,270
- #454 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $64,130
- #343 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#4. Real estate sales agents

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $69,940
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#3. Food service managers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $74,770
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $83,280
- #185 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Punta Gorda, FL
- Annual mean salary: $91,730
- #270 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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