Highest paying jobs in Chicago for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Chicago 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 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 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. Chemical plant and system operators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $66,020
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,460
- Employment: 29,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lima, OH ($92,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($91,210)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($90,170)
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#49. Lodging managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $66,190
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($122,290)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
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#48. Glaziers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $66,710
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,970
- Employment: 52,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($78,840)
--- Salem, OR ($78,000)
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($76,680)
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#47. Sheet metal workers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $66,960
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,090

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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#46. Gas plant operators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,060
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,290
- Employment: 14,990
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($98,750)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($97,080)

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#45. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,150
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,560

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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#44. Airfield operations specialists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,890
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,360
- Employment: 10,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($88,510)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($80,230)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,230)
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#43. Correctional officers and jailers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,140
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,850

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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#42. Advertising sales agents

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,710
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,410

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,040
- Employment: 110,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($97,840)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($83,050)
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#41. Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators and locomotive firers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,920
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,890
- Employment: 14,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($104,560)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($68,920)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($60,810)

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#40. Carpenters

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,370
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,550

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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#39. 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: $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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#38. 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: $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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#37. 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: $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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#36. 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: $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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#35. 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: $69,100
- 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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#34. 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: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)
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#33. 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: $70,650
- 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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#32. 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: $60,100
- Employment: 32,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#31. Stonemasons

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 11,830
- 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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#30. 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: $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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#29. 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: $73,100
- 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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#28. 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: $62,400
- Employment: 50,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA ($98,380)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($94,070)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($92,800)
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#27. 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: $49,250
- Employment: 15,380
- 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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#26. 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: $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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#25. 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: $59,080
- Employment: 44,400
- 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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#24. 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: $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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#23. 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: $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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#22. 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: $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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#21. 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: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- 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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#20. 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: $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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#19. 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: $81,320
- Employment: 27,360
- 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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#18. 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: $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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#17. 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: $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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#16. 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: $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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#15. 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: $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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#14. 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: $68,170
- Employment: 29,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($101,630)
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#13. 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: $76,810
- Employment: 5,670
- 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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#12. 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: $77,610
- Employment: 40,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($101,900)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
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#11. 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: $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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#10. 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: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#9. 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: $110,830
- Employment: 37,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($185,920)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($184,260)
--- Savannah, GA ($177,450)
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#8. Boilermakers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,430
- Employment: 14,020
- 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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#7. 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: $54,700
- Employment: 18,680
- 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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#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: $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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#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: $93,260
- Employment: 9,940
- 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: $71,880
- Employment: 3,820
- 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: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- 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: $105,100
- 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

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $126,270
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,610

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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