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

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

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

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

Keep reading to discover the highest paying jobs in Lawrence, KS that don’t require a college degree.

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

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $38,000
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,000
- Employment: 179,630
- 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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#49. Residential advisors

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $38,210
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,950
- Employment: 92,500
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($50,560)
--- Napa, CA ($48,390)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($46,210)
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#48. Dental assistants

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $38,320
- #353 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,510
- Employment: 347,170
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,150)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($55,020)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,590)
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#47. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $38,570
- #404 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,140
- Employment: 1,509,370
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($59,750)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,670)
--- Napa, CA ($54,940)
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#46. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $38,650
- #404 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,920
- Employment: 1,416,740
- 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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#45. Bus drivers, school

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $39,040
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,750
- Employment: 361,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elkhart-Goshen, IN ($55,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($55,150)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($53,770)
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#44. Loan interviewers and clerks

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $39,650
- #308 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,910
- Employment: 238,610
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($59,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,140)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,710)
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#43. Library technicians

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $40,000
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 73,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($61,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,950)
--- Napa, CA ($57,890)
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#42. Painters, construction and maintenance

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $40,200
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,140
- Employment: 214,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($62,490)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($62,380)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($62,380)
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#41. Public safety telecommunicators

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $40,440
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,030
- Employment: 97,050
- 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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#40. Billing and posting clerks

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $40,590
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,750
- Employment: 429,080
- 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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#39. Highway maintenance workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $41,100
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,340
- Employment: 141,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,690)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($67,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,550)
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#38. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $41,980
- #370 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,890
- Employment: 1,143,260
- 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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#37. Automotive service technicians and mechanics

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $43,050
- #371 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,990
- Employment: 629,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($62,810)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($62,690)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($61,350)
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#35 (tie). Carpenters

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $43,220
- #342 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,190
- Employment: 668,060
- 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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#35 (tie). Property, real estate, and community association managers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $43,220
- #433 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,030
- Employment: 234,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($103,610)
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#34. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $43,270
- #469 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,340
- Employment: 1,903,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cape Girardeau, MO-IL ($62,600)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($62,290)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($61,540)
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#33. Chefs and head cooks

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $43,470
- #362 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,920
- Employment: 129,810
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($79,430)
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#32. Industrial truck and tractor operators

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $43,970
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,950
- Employment: 758,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($60,930)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($58,200)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($53,310)
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#31. Cement masons and concrete finishers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $44,180
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,900
- Employment: 186,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Bedford, MA ($90,980)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($82,820)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($79,650)

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

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $44,770
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,810
- Employment: 551,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Odessa, TX ($70,950)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($66,260)
--- Bismarck, ND ($64,940)
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#29. Automotive body and related repairers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $44,960
- #335 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,660
- Employment: 137,300
- 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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#28. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $45,150
- #393 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,850
- Employment: 641,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($76,890)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,880)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,410)
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#27. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $45,410
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,100
- Employment: 153,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,770)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($59,160)
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#26. Machinists

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $46,180
- #262 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,020
- Employment: 333,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($71,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,300)
--- Monroe, MI ($66,560)

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#25. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $46,420
- #397 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,220
- Employment: 367,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($67,140)
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#24. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $46,840
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 397,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($66,920)
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#23. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $47,600
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,690
- Employment: 356,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,020)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($76,750)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($71,710)
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#22. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $49,260
- #380 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,280
- Employment: 145,230
- 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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#21. Community health workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $49,660
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,780
- Employment: 61,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,110)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,530)
--- Bend-Redmond, OR ($61,820)

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#20. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $49,670
- #359 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)
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#19. Computer user support specialists

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $49,750
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,650
- Employment: 654,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($90,480)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($76,510)
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#18. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $51,070
- #438 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,870
- Employment: 466,910
- 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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#17. Electricians

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $51,370
- #364 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- Employment: 650,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,090)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($86,600)
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#16. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $51,570
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,280
- Employment: 404,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($91,860)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,120)

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#15. Food service managers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $51,840
- #432 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,970
- Employment: 210,680
- 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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#14. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $51,950
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,270
- Employment: 116,380
- 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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#13. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $53,520
- #369 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,380
- Employment: 1,443,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,050)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,430)
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#12. Postal service mail carriers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $55,850
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,370
- Employment: 335,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#11. Industrial machinery mechanics

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,780
- Employment: 373,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
--- Anchorage, AK ($82,890)

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

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $60,900
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- Employment: 1,026,390
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,810)
--- Boulder, CO ($101,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($97,360)
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#9. Advertising sales agents

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $62,330
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,540
- Employment: 96,660
- 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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#8. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $64,150
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,450
- Employment: 106,170
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Billings, MT ($88,420)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($76,050)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($71,340)
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#7. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $65,730
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,330
- Employment: 629,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($90,410)
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#6. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $67,970
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

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#5. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $69,210
- #234 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,060
- Employment: 665,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($112,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($101,210)
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#4. Insurance sales agents

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $74,700
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,340
- Employment: 422,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,470)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($95,620)
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#3. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $74,760
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,390
- Employment: 1,242,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,280)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($92,660)
--- Napa, CA ($92,620)
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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $83,420
- #245 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $87,990
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

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