Highest-paying jobs in Carbondale

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July 8, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Carbondale

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in Carbondale-Marion, IL, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by average annual salary with information up to date as of May 2021.

In Carbondale, the annual mean wage is $49,240 or 15.5% lower than national mean of $58,260, while the highest-paying occupation makes $226,510. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $63,850
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,090
- Employment: 187,070
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($102,210)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,730)
--- Chico, CA ($88,430)
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#49. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $64,990
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,270
- Employment: 80,890
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- 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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#48. Sheet metal workers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $65,400
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,760
- Employment: 122,630
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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. Network and computer systems administrators

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $66,120
- #356 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,250
- Employment: 316,760
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($135,440)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($116,370)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($110,930)
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#46. Dental hygienists

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $66,200
- #317 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,360
- Employment: 207,190
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($125,750)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($122,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($119,320)

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#45. Diagnostic medical sonographers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $66,310
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,680
- Employment: 78,640
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($138,110)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($137,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($131,080)
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#44. Registered nurses

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $67,960
- #281 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,960

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,750
- Employment: 3,047,530
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($155,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($151,640)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($146,360)
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#43. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $70,550
- #191 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,590
- Employment: 526,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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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#42. Social and community service managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $72,290
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,790
- Employment: 156,400
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($100,530)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($98,240)
--- Charlottesville, VA ($98,200)
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#41. Cement masons and concrete finishers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $72,810
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,900
- Employment: 186,600
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Bedford, MA ($90,980)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($82,820)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($79,650)

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#40. Loan officers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- #219 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,570
- Employment: 340,170
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($111,830)
--- Bend-Redmond, OR ($106,290)
--- Wilmington, NC ($104,930)
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#38 (tie). Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $73,440
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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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#38 (tie). Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $73,440
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,280
- Employment: 404,820
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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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#37. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $73,640
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,320
- Employment: 243,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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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#36. Electricians

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $74,230
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- Employment: 650,580
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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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#35. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $77,230
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,060
- Employment: 665,870
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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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#34. Project management specialists

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $78,210
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,420
- Employment: 743,860
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($133,950)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($130,250)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($125,330)
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#33. Speech-language pathologists

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $78,410
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $85,820
- Employment: 147,470
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($118,260)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($111,120)
--- Salinas, CA ($107,160)
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#32. Computer systems analysts

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $79,540
- #295 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,210
- Employment: 505,150
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($141,290)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($131,650)
--- Huntsville, AL ($118,690)
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#31. Occupational therapists

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $80,440
- #257 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,470
- Employment: 127,830
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($121,190)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($113,210)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($113,190)

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#30. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $80,480
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,760
- Employment: 128,230
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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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#29. Facilities managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $80,570
- #270 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $101,970
- Employment: 101,230
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($146,040)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($136,440)
--- Ithaca, NY ($136,210)
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#28. Management analysts

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $81,530
- #275 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $100,530
- Employment: 768,450
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($135,020)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($127,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($125,250)
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#27. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $82,140
- #297 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,580
- Employment: 144,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- 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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#26. Physical therapists

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $82,270
- #344 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,920
- Employment: 225,350
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($123,190)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($118,370)
--- Midland, TX ($116,880)

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#25. Software developers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $83,090
- #357 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $120,990
- Employment: 1,364,180
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($167,420)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($158,320)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($148,220)
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#24. Civil engineers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $83,520
- #262 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,490
- Employment: 304,310
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($119,720)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($116,550)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($115,120)
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#23. Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $83,630
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,650
- Employment: 274,710
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($144,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($143,450)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($142,330)
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#22. Architects, except landscape and naval

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $83,820
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,900
- Employment: 100,400
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($120,430)
--- Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($115,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($113,780)
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#21. Administrative services managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $84,140
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $113,030
- Employment: 224,620
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($149,360)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($142,650)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($141,950)

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#20. General and operations managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $88,160
- #323 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,250
- Employment: 2,984,920
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($165,340)
--- Trenton, NJ ($165,030)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($159,210)
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#19. Occupational health and safety specialists

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $88,860
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $78,740
- Employment: 106,340
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($111,950)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($108,240)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($108,020)
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#18. Construction managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $93,340
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $108,210
- Employment: 284,750
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($160,710)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($149,050)
--- Napa, CA ($145,430)
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#17. Lawyers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $94,210
- #340 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $148,030
- Employment: 681,010
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($231,200)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($191,460)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($186,610)
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#16. Personal financial advisors

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $98,060
- #230 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,960
- Employment: 263,030
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($172,780)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($161,010)
--- East Stroudsburg, PA ($158,790)

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#15. Industrial production managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $100,860
- #300 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $117,780
- Employment: 192,270
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($155,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($153,860)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($153,470)
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#14. Financial managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $102,280
- #377 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $153,460
- Employment: 681,070
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($209,100)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($201,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($188,900)
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#13. Education administrators, postsecondary

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $102,370
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $111,260
- Employment: 155,990
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Corvallis, OR ($178,570)
--- Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC ($165,940)
--- Syracuse, NY ($164,660)
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#12. Human resources managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $105,010
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $136,590
- Employment: 166,530
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($190,020)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($186,930)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($175,410)
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#11. Medical and health services managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $107,910
- #215 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,840
- Employment: 436,770
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($162,110)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($157,340)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($156,370)

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#10. Marketing managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $108,690
- #258 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $153,440
- Employment: 278,690
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($210,280)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($198,870)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($191,310)
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#9. Physician assistants

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $108,870
- #233 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,460
- Employment: 132,940
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($167,240)
--- Panama City, FL ($165,000)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($164,150)
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#8. Sales managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $109,870
- #303 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $142,390
- Employment: 453,800
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($198,960)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($196,910)
--- Boulder, CO ($182,820)
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#7. Nurse practitioners

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $110,090
- #230 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $118,040
- Employment: 234,690
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($197,870)
--- Napa, CA ($184,700)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($180,380)
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#6. Pharmacists

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $113,660
- #355 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $125,690
- Employment: 312,550
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($168,640)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($163,840)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($158,420)

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#5. Computer and information systems managers

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $116,460
- #309 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $162,930
- Employment: 485,190
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($228,030)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($211,470)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($202,800)
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#4. Optometrists

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $120,320
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $125,440
- Employment: 38,720
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Wilmington, NC ($198,370)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($172,190)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($169,140)
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#3. Family medicine physicians

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $200,220
- #219 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $235,930
- Employment: 102,930
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Coeur d'Alene, ID ($336,820)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($336,140)
--- Gainesville, GA ($330,930)
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#2. Chief executives

Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $205,550
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $213,020
- Employment: 200,480
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($313,440)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($298,960)
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($296,480)
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Carbondale-Marion, IL
- Annual mean salary: $226,510
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $202,470
- Employment: 43,950
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Springfield, IL ($298,890)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($283,550)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($276,810)

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