Highest paying jobs in Lawrence for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Lawrence 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 Lawrence, KS 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. Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $34,030
- #271 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,640
- Employment: 173,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($57,820)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($53,920)
--- Salinas, CA ($52,980)
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#49. Medical secretaries and administrative assistants

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $34,370
- #365 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,000
- Employment: 597,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,010)
--- Napa, CA ($52,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,300)
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#48. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $34,880
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#47. File clerks

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $35,120
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,140
- Employment: 91,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,210)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($49,450)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,780)
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#46. Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $35,230
- #340 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#45. Shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $35,460
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#44. Light truck drivers

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $35,830
- #439 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#43. Social and human service assistants

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $36,190
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#42. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $36,330
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

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. Printing press operators

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $36,660
- #268 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,200
- Employment: 160,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($56,850)
--- Dover-Durham, NH-ME ($51,730)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($50,370)

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#40. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $36,810
- #352 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#39. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $37,890
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,750
- Employment: 160,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($84,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)
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#38. 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: $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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#37. Residential advisors

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,430
- Employment: 102,450
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area ($53,030)
--- Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area ($51,890)
--- Trenton, NJ ($50,560)
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#36. Maintenance and repair workers, general

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

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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#35. Loan interviewers and clerks

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 204,100
- 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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#34. Public safety telecommunicators

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

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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#33. Billing and posting clerks

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

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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#32. Highway maintenance workers

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

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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#31. 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: $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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#29 (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: $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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#29 (tie). Carpenters

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

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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#28. Chefs and head cooks

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,740
- Employment: 101,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($79,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)
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#27. 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: $44,580
- 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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#26. Automotive body and related repairers

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

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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#25. 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: $45,500
- Employment: 141,260
- 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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#24. Machinists

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,800
- Employment: 360,340
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($76,230)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($71,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,300)
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#23. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- 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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#22. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

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

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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#21. 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: $57,000
- 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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#20. Community health workers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,000
- Employment: 58,670
- 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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#19. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

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

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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#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: $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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#17. Electricians

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

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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#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: $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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#15. Food service managers

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

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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#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: $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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#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: $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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#12. Postal service mail carriers

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

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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#11. Industrial machinery mechanics

Lawrence, KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- #211 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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#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: $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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#9. Advertising sales agents

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

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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#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: $53,330
- Employment: 93,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area ($91,300)
--- Billings, MT ($88,420)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($76,050)
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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: $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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#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: $73,100
- 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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#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: $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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#4. Insurance sales agents

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

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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#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: $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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#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: $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. 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: $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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