Highest paying jobs in Kankakee for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Kankakee 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 Kankakee, 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. Opticians, dispensing

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $33,440
- #345 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,380
- Employment: 68,180
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,300)
--- New Haven, CT ($69,460)
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($66,670)
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#49. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $34,350
- #354 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $35,470
- #241 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,450
- Employment: 415,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,340)
--- Napa, CA ($58,620)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($58,390)
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#47. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $36,210
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,650
- Employment: 248,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($69,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($68,140)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($64,980)
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#46. Customer service representatives

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $36,470
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,510
- Employment: 2,833,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($52,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,510)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($47,490)

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#45. Office clerks, general

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $36,580
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,120

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $36,800
- #267 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,210
- Employment: 727,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($51,470)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($48,440)
--- Anchorage, AK ($47,150)
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#43. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $37,230
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,220
- Employment: 370,910
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($60,150)
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($54,930)
--- Albany, GA ($53,570)
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#42. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $37,610
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,420
- Employment: 1,850,360
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,730)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($54,450)
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#41. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $38,470
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,550
- Employment: 134,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,950)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($45,550)
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($44,840)

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#40. Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $39,870
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,650
- Employment: 179,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($49,970)
--- Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH ($49,680)
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($49,470)
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#39. Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $40,440
- #209 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#38. Light truck drivers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $41,550
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#37. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $41,590
- #263 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,300
- Employment: 149,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($70,030)
--- Waco, TX ($63,080)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($57,930)
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#36. Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $42,150
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,140
- Employment: 137,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, MI ($60,190)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($58,940)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($58,790)

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#35. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $42,450
- #412 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- Employment: 397,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($71,250)
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#34. Billing and posting clerks

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $42,490
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,610
- Employment: 445,160
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,850)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($55,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($54,960)
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#33. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $43,480
- #297 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#32. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $44,070
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#31. Self-enrichment teachers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $45,480
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,930
- Employment: 222,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($70,350)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($66,650)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($63,470)

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#30. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $45,610
- #161 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,580
- Employment: 549,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($88,150)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($80,420)
--- Odessa, TX ($70,950)
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#29. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $46,710
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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. Public safety telecommunicators

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $48,270
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#27. Social and human service assistants

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $48,700
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $48,920
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#25. Food service managers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $49,180
- #466 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,000
- Employment: 197,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($91,320)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($89,860)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,750)
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#24. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $50,050
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#23. Automotive body and related repairers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $51,150
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#22. Postal service mail carriers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $51,400
- #489 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#21. Postal service clerks

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $51,680
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#20. Industrial machinery mechanics

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $51,880
- #435 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#19. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $52,270
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#18. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $53,820
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#17. Insurance sales agents

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $54,560
- #353 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#16. Highway maintenance workers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,360
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#15. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $56,680
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $57,320
- #375 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $58,460
- #240 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $59,210
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- Employment: 1,427,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,050)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,430)
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#11. Carpenters

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $63,280
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $64,990
- #315 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $65,310
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $69,130
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $74,930
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#6. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $77,690
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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. Electricians

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $78,380
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#4. Sheet metal workers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $80,500
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#3. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $81,700
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $84,170
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Kankakee, IL
- Annual mean salary: $90,750
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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