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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Chicago that don't require a college degree

From the moment they arrive on campus, today’s high school students are inundated with messages about the importance of receiving a college education. They hear it from their guidance counselors, teachers, parents, family members, neighbors, and coaches. While graduation from a four-year college can certainly work wonders for students’ future careers, it’s not necessary for all fields — something admissions officers and guidance counselors sometimes fail to mention.

To find the highest paying jobs that don’t require a college degree, Stacker consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to compile a list of all jobs that don’t require higher education. All professions that listed a high school diploma, some college education (without a degree conferred), postsecondary nondegree award, or no formal education requirements for entry-level positions were considered. Jobs that didn’t list any entry-level education requirement were excluded, as were job titles that grouped several positions together. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to discover the highest paying jobs in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI that don’t require a college degree.

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

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,620
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 36,430

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,380
- Employment: 1,443,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,050)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,430)
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#49. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,630
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 20,350

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,330
- Employment: 629,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($90,410)
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#48. Pipelayers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,850
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,510
- Employment: 33,330
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,310)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($75,510)
--- Madison, WI ($70,810)
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#47. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,900
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 38,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- Employment: 1,026,390
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,810)
--- Boulder, CO ($101,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($97,360)
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#46. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,440
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 48,940

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,390
- Employment: 1,242,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,280)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($92,660)
--- Napa, CA ($92,620)

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#45. Insurance sales agents

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,760
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,870

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,340
- Employment: 422,600
- 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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#44. Occupational health and safety technicians

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,150
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,290
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,810
- Employment: 26,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($76,030)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($75,260)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,090)
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#42. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,630
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,340

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,960
- Employment: 278,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,800)
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#41. Floor layers, except carpet, wood, and hard tiles

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,950
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,880
- Employment: 18,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,100)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($78,800)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($77,540)

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#40. Private detectives and investigators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $72,300
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,260

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

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $72,900
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,170
- Employment: 9,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($72,900)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($67,830)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($66,650)
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#38. Construction and building inspectors

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,350
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,120

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,480
- Employment: 117,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($121,510)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,190)
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#37. Cement masons and concrete finishers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,840
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,900
- Employment: 186,600
- 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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#36. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $76,490
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,110

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,590
- Employment: 526,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,830)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,030)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,870)

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

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $77,930
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,310
- Employment: 44,870
- 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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#34. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $78,200
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,740
- Employment: 15,880
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($78,200)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($69,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,320)
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#33. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $78,790
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,750
- Employment: 54,470
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($114,400)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($113,220)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($112,950)
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#32. Millwrights

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $80,780
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,570

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,260
- Employment: 39,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,580)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($80,780)
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#31. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $80,860
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,480

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,470
- Employment: 125,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,470)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($86,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,860)

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#30. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $80,980
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,580

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,280
- Employment: 404,820
- 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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#29. Structural iron and steel workers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $82,510
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,010

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,270
- Employment: 68,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($83,340)
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#28. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $82,930
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,260

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- Employment: 101,530
- 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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#27. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $84,000
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,820
- Employment: 12,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($97,930)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($96,450)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($94,460)
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#26. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $85,250
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,760

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,430
- Employment: 55,950
- 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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#25. Transportation inspectors

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $86,300
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,620
- Employment: 25,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($112,260)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($111,930)
--- Anchorage, AK ($108,140)
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#24. Electricians

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $86,600
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,610

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- Employment: 650,580
- 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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#23. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $87,610
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- Employment: 33,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,420)
--- Anchorage, AK ($118,620)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($110,750)
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#22. Tapers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $87,750
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,140
- Employment: 14,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($93,010)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($87,750)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($86,880)
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#21. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $89,190
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- 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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#20. Fire inspectors and investigators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $89,270
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,680
- Employment: 14,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dayton, OH ($116,740)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($112,040)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($107,220)
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#19. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $89,760
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,240

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,060
- Employment: 665,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($112,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($101,210)
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#18. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $90,200
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,320
- Employment: 243,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($129,860)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($121,360)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($121,250)
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#17. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $90,400
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,510
- Employment: 29,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($99,740)
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#16. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $91,290
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $78,440
- Employment: 5,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($104,810)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($101,650)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($101,610)

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

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $91,380
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,500
- Employment: 34,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($96,520)
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#14. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $93,330
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,370

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,060
- Employment: 123,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
--- Salinas, CA ($110,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,490)
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#13. Ship engineers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $93,520
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $93,770
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,740
- Employment: 28,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#11. Commercial pilots

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $95,030
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,080
- Employment: 42,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($185,920)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($184,260)
--- Savannah, GA ($177,450)

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

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $95,250
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,360

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,270
- Employment: 80,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($171,060)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($135,860)
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#9. Boilermakers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $96,080
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,070
- Employment: 12,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,660)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($96,080)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($90,620)
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#8. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $97,000
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,960
- Employment: 16,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($97,000)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($88,350)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($75,440)
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#7. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $97,520
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,640
- Employment: 22,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,210)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($118,510)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($114,280)
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#6. Detectives and criminal investigators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $101,600
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,090

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,370
- Employment: 107,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($132,210)
--- Anchorage, AK ($127,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($123,460)

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#5. Power distributors and dispatchers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $103,040
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,520
- Employment: 9,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($131,560)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($129,570)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($123,540)
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#4. Pile driver operators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $106,340
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,950
- Employment: 3,760
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,620)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($106,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($104,880)
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#3. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $106,530
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,320
- Employment: 22,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,290)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($113,590)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($113,480)
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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $111,800
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,630

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,580
- Employment: 144,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($159,890)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($154,170)
--- Trenton, NJ ($144,620)
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Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $126,270
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,610

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,760
- Employment: 128,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($182,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($170,740)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($164,600)

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