Highest paying jobs in Des Moines for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Des Moines 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 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 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. Lodging managers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $53,590
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#49. Public safety telecommunicators

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $53,660
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#48. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $53,690
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

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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#47. Surveying and mapping technicians

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $53,740
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- Employment: 53,370
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)
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#46. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $53,750
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Madera, CA ($76,040)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,800)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($73,360)

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#45. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $54,590
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,420
- Employment: 22,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area ($85,480)
--- Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area ($77,330)
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
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#44. Postal service mail carriers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $54,640
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#43. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $54,710
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#42. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $55,220
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,600)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,240)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($60,930)
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#41. Advertising sales agents

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $55,630
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#40. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $56,510
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Employment: 147,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($86,740)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($82,520)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,470)
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#39. Highway maintenance workers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $56,640
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#38. Electricians

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $56,940
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,760

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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#37. Millwrights

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $57,100
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#36. Structural iron and steel workers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $57,600
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#35. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $57,920
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,480

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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#34. Industrial machinery mechanics

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $58,060
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

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

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $58,260
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#32. Maintenance workers, machinery

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $58,520
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,960
- Employment: 65,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($77,890)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($77,690)
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)
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#31. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $58,690
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#30. Real estate sales agents

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $58,780
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,990
- Employment: 168,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#29. Correctional officers and jailers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $58,970
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#28. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $59,260
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,990
- Employment: 138,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,570)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,900)
--- New Haven, CT ($63,790)
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#27. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $60,000
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#26. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $60,030
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,360

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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#25. Real estate brokers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $61,740
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)
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#24. Sheet metal workers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $61,790
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

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

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $61,820
- #379 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

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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#22. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $62,420
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,620

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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#21. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $62,830
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#20. Private detectives and investigators

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $63,370
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#19. Food service managers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $64,570
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#18. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $64,970
- #281 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

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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#17. Insurance sales agents

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $65,150
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,510

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. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $65,800
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,020

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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#15. Hearing aid specialists

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $66,220
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,630
- Employment: 7,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($75,130)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($73,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,300)
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#14. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $66,780
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,030

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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#12 (tie). First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $69,690
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

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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#12 (tie). First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $69,690
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,270

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

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $70,320
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $73,010
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,130

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. Construction and building inspectors

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $75,570
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#8. Transportation inspectors

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $82,930
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $84,420
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#6. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $87,720
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#5. Detectives and criminal investigators

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $88,750
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#4. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $89,010
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $91,350
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $102,960
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
- Annual mean salary: $109,100
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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