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

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February 7, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Davenport that don't require a college degree

From the moment they first set foot 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, coaches—the list goes on and on. 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 non-degree 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 2020 annual mean wage. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

Keep reading to discover the highest-paying jobs in Davenport that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $53,180
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,350
- Employment: 35,720
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Las Cruces, NM ($72,390)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($65,240)
--- Fargo, ND-MN ($63,400)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.
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#49. Drywall and ceiling tile installers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $53,210
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,930
- Employment: 99,700
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($90,640)
--- Bellingham, WA ($78,580)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($78,170)
- Job description: Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fireproofing, or acoustical material.
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#48. Structural iron and steel workers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $53,530
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,650
- Employment: 71,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($91,360)
--- Rockford, IL ($90,160)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($89,740)
- Job description: Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
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#47. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $53,710
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,890
- Employment: 119,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($99,130)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($89,730)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,080)
- Job description: Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.
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#46. Food service managers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $54,240
- #241 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,000
- Employment: 197,010
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($97,610)
--- Trenton, NJ ($95,640)
--- Waterbury, CT ($88,100)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.

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#45. Industrial machinery mechanics

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $54,420
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,350
- Employment: 385,980
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($84,180)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($84,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,580)
- Job description: Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. May also install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to plans.
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#44. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $54,700
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- Employment: 1,427,260
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($78,770)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($77,030)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($75,820)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.
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#43. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $54,730
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($85,110)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($77,260)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($76,940)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.
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#42. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,120
- #274 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,490
- Employment: 977,070
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($115,620)
--- Lawrence, KS ($97,910)
--- Boulder, CO ($94,870)
- Job description: Sell services to individuals or businesses. May describe options or resolve client problems.
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#41. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,290
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($69,410)
--- Pine Bluff, AR ($68,850)
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($66,920)
- Job description: Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.

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#40. Tool and die makers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,300
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,520
- Employment: 61,190
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Flint, MI ($74,390)
--- New Haven, CT ($73,530)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,420)
- Job description: Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.
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#39. Painters, construction and maintenance

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,580
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,460
- Employment: 217,880
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,360)
--- Salinas, CA ($64,630)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($63,070)
- Job description: Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.
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#38. Recreational vehicle service technicians

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,780
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,790
- Employment: 15,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($82,230)
--- Greeley, CO ($58,010)
--- Fargo, ND-MN ($56,380)
- Job description: Diagnose, inspect, adjust, repair, or overhaul recreational vehicles including travel trailers. May specialize in maintaining gas, electrical, hydraulic, plumbing, or chassis/towing systems as well as repairing generators, appliances, and interior components. Includes workers who perform customized van conversions.
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#37. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $55,960
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,990
- Employment: 138,820
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($81,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,580)
--- Napa, CA ($66,690)
- Job description: Determine eligibility of persons applying to receive assistance from government programs and agency resources, such as welfare, unemployment benefits, social security, and public housing.
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#36. Tax preparers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $56,210
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,710
- Employment: 62,600
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($99,160)
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($80,580)
--- Anchorage, AK ($78,470)
- Job description: Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses.

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#35. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $56,470
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,010
- Employment: 25,530
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($98,330)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($95,140)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($85,480)
- Job description: Develop programs to control machining or processing of materials by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. May also set up, operate, or maintain equipment.
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#34. Correctional officers and jailers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $56,590
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 405,870
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($85,850)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($84,790)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,050)
- Job description: Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
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#33. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $56,980
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,210
- Employment: 219,800
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($117,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($113,800)
--- Boulder, CO ($107,230)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of commercial, industrial, or residential real estate properties. Includes managers of homeowner and condominium associations, rented or leased housing units, buildings, or land (including rights-of-way).
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#32. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Duluth, MN-WI ($90,610)
--- Providence-Warwick, RI-MA ($90,290)
--- Pittsfield, MA ($90,070)
- Job description: Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances, to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures.
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#31. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $57,700
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,410
- Employment: 344,020
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($91,840)
--- Napa, CA ($82,650)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($76,440)
- Job description: Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

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#30. Bridge and lock tenders

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $57,900
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,610
- Employment: 3,080
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($63,320)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($62,610)
--- Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL ($57,900)
- Job description: Operate and tend bridges, canal locks, and lighthouses to permit marine passage on inland waterways, near shores, and at danger points in waterway passages. May supervise such operations. Includes drawbridge operators, lock operators, and slip bridge operators.
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#29. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $58,660
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 780

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,100
- Employment: 417,440
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,100)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($94,280)
--- Kankakee, IL ($93,420)
- Job description: Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.
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#28. Electricians

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $59,310
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,100

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,550
- Employment: 656,510
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,680)
--- Trenton, NJ ($90,210)
--- Kankakee, IL ($88,530)
- Job description: Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
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#27. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $59,730
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,040
- Employment: 128,300
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($95,680)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($89,710)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($87,830)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul aircraft engines and assemblies, such as hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
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#26. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $60,490
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,980
- Employment: 190,510
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elmira, NY ($94,280)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($92,920)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($87,940)
- Job description: Install, set up, rearrange, or remove switching, distribution, routing, and dialing equipment used in central offices or headends. Service or repair telephone, cable television, Internet, and other communications equipment on customers' property. May install communications equipment or communications wiring in buildings.

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#25. Hearing aid specialists

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $61,300
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,630
- Employment: 7,770
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($76,020)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($72,550)
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($67,290)
- Job description: Select and fit hearing aids for customers. Administer and interpret tests of hearing. Assess hearing instrument efficacy. Take ear impressions and prepare, design, and modify ear molds.
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#24. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $61,730
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Employment: 147,680
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($84,460)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($81,920)
--- Bismarck, ND ($78,350)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and mining.
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#23. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $61,790
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,920

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,500
- Employment: 1,278,670
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Danbury, CT ($112,810)
--- Napa, CA ($101,850)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($93,680)
- Job description: Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.
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#22. Sheet metal workers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $62,570
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- Employment: 128,220
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($132,900)
--- Kankakee, IL ($91,140)
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($87,030)
- Job description: Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
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#21. Occupational health and safety technicians

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $62,600
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,790)
--- Knoxville, TN ($77,510)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($76,950)
- Job description: Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.

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#20. Glaziers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $62,840
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,970
- Employment: 52,190
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($89,250)
--- Salem, OR ($85,640)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,240)
- Job description: Install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops.
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#19. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $62,880
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 55,200
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($96,510)
--- Jackson, TN ($92,200)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,640)
- Job description: Repair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.
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#18. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $63,050
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,080

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,800
- Employment: 599,900
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($101,930)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($100,590)
--- Longview, WA ($99,590)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Excludes team or work leaders.
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#17. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $63,500
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- Employment: 287,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($97,980)
--- Waterbury, CT ($92,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($88,750)
- Job description: Review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures. Confer with legal counsel on claims requiring litigation. May also settle insurance claims.
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#16. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $65,130
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,400
- Employment: 50,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($95,240)
--- Madison, WI ($90,020)
--- Salinas, CA ($87,650)
- Job description: Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.

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#15. Advertising sales agents

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $65,180
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,040
- Employment: 110,040
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($112,850)
--- Winston-Salem, NC ($104,930)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($92,370)
- Job description: Sell or solicit advertising space, time, or media in publications, signage, TV, radio, or Internet establishments or public spaces.
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#14. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $65,840
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- Employment: 614,080
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,870)
--- Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA ($103,930)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($100,620)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
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#13. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $68,180
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,280
- Employment: 402,870
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,440)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($93,620)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($93,320)
- Job description: Operate one or several types of power construction equipment, such as motor graders, bulldozers, scrapers, compressors, pumps, derricks, shovels, tractors, or front-end loaders to excavate, move, and grade earth, erect structures, or pour concrete or other hard surface pavement. May repair and maintain equipment in addition to other duties.
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#12. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $68,600
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- Employment: 475,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($95,680)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,810)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers. May also advise customers on recommended services. Excludes team or work leaders.
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#11. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,120
- Employment: 240,290
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($124,150)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($122,460)
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($119,130)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. May perform duties such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
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#10. Real estate sales agents

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $73,020
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,990
- Employment: 168,740
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($106,280)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($101,300)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($98,580)
- Job description: Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.
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#9. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $73,750
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,170
- Employment: 69,000
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($187,890)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($181,340)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($176,050)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in firefighting and fire prevention and control.
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#8. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $74,310
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,410
- Employment: 114,930
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($114,820)
--- Redding, CA ($112,850)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($111,810)
- Job description: Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
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#7. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $77,420
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,600
- Employment: 53,420
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($115,020)
--- Trenton, NJ ($113,630)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($113,070)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.
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#6. Insurance sales agents

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $80,420
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,100
- Employment: 409,950
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,540)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($105,840)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($105,190)
- Job description: Sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as an independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company.
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#5. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $86,400
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($109,710)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,080)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($101,990)
- Job description: Assemble, install, repair, or maintain electric or hydraulic freight or passenger elevators, escalators, or dumbwaiters.
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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $86,500
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,300
- Employment: 105,980
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($127,380)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($127,090)
--- Anchorage, AK ($126,530)
- Job description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.
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#3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $88,460
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $97,180
- Employment: 122,310
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($200,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($182,810)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($182,720)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
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#2. Construction and building inspectors

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $89,110
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,470
- Employment: 113,770
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,920)
--- Salinas, CA ($98,360)
- Job description: Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
- Annual mean salary: $96,240
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,100
- Employment: 132,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($163,580)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($137,680)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($136,410)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.

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