Highest paying jobs in Champaign for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Champaign 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 Champaign-Urbana, IL 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. Loan interviewers and clerks

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $42,600
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 204,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($59,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,140)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,710)
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#49. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $42,700
- #185 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $42,890
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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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#47. Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $43,040
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,960
- Employment: 116,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area ($69,070)
--- South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($61,970)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($60,690)
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#46. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $44,140
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,940

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. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $44,960
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#44. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $45,020
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#43. Public safety telecommunicators

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $45,350
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#42. Light truck drivers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $45,380
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

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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#41. Machinists

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $46,780
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#40. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $47,560
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,860
- Employment: 188,450
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($64,510)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($64,140)
--- Decatur, IL ($60,740)
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#39. Automotive body and related repairers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $49,860
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#38. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $50,620
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- Employment: 105,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#37. Postal service clerks

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $51,480
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#36. Food service managers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $51,650
- #434 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $52,350
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#34. Chefs and head cooks

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $53,050
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#33. Postal service mail carriers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $53,370
- #315 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#32. Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $53,560
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,350
- Employment: 35,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($61,910)
--- Bellingham, WA ($61,210)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,760)
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#31. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#30. Highway maintenance workers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $54,300
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,200
- Employment: 149,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,690)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($67,370)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($67,340)
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#29. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,130
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#28. Industrial machinery mechanics

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $57,180
- #240 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#27. Bus drivers, transit and intercity

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $58,060
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,110
- Employment: 162,850
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,940)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,310)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($67,370)
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#26. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $58,250
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,860
- Employment: 122,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,680)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($90,370)
--- Salinas, CA ($88,050)

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

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $58,750
- #334 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#24. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $59,310
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#23. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $61,240
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $61,340
- #391 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#21. Insurance sales agents

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $61,610
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $61,810
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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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#19. Carpenters

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $63,870
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $64,250
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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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#17. Construction and building inspectors

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $64,490
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $65,360
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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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#15. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $67,360
- #231 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#14. Sheet metal workers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $67,570
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $69,350
- #400 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#12. Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $69,670
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,400
- Employment: 44,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,510)
--- Nevada nonmetropolitan area ($81,690)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($78,180)
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#11. Structural iron and steel workers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $69,740
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $72,390
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#9. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $74,750
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#8. Detectives and criminal investigators

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $74,870
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#7. Electricians

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $76,470
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#6. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $76,970
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $81,130
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#4. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $81,800
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#3. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $85,580
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $99,640
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Annual mean salary: $102,150
- #95 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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