Highest paying jobs in Baton Rouge for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge, LA 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. Recreational vehicle service technicians

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $51,100
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,790
- Employment: 15,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($59,830)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($59,220)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($57,770)
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#49. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $51,390
- #183 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#48. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $52,770
- #392 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,340

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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#47. Structural iron and steel workers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,160
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#46. Postal service mail carriers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,590
- #271 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

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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#45. Community health workers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,650
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#44. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,660
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- Employment: 105,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#43. Postal service clerks

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,240
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,200
- Employment: 86,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
--- Florence, SC ($59,360)
--- Monroe, MI ($59,320)
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#42. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,710
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#41. Travel agents

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,790
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,650
- Employment: 55,180
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($72,820)
--- Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($61,710)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($59,110)

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#39 (tie). Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,850
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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 (tie). First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,850
- #290 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,880

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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#38. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,950
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#37. Private detectives and investigators

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,000
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#36. Crane and tower operators

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,770
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,010
- Employment: 44,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($131,160)
--- Syracuse, NY ($103,350)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($99,990)

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#35. Food service managers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,900
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $57,240
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,440

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

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $57,250
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#32. Electricians

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $57,520
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,220

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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#31. Advertising sales agents

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $57,530
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#30. Machinists

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $58,400
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#29. Real estate sales agents

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $58,620
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#28. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $59,660
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,020

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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#27. Pile driver operators

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $60,130
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,880
- Employment: 3,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,620)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($106,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($104,880)
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#26. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $61,740
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

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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#25. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $62,020
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#24. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $63,030
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,810

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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#23. Industrial machinery mechanics

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $64,840
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,320

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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#22. Insurance sales agents

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $65,070
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,090

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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#21. Boilermakers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $65,950
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,430
- Employment: 14,020
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,660)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($96,080)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($90,620)

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#20. Construction and building inspectors

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $67,050
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#19. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $67,410
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#18. Millwrights

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $67,960
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#17. Lodging managers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $68,530
- #60 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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#16. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $68,590
- #201 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#15. Gas plant operators

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $69,420
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,290
- Employment: 14,990
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($98,750)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($97,080)
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#14. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $70,760
- #354 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $70,830
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,390

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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#12. Detectives and criminal investigators

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $71,930
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $73,170
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,880

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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#10. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $75,850
- #208 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#9. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $76,050
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,190

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

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $77,170
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,070

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- Employment: 475,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,830)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,030)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,870)
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#7. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $85,740
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,610
- Employment: 40,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($101,900)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
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#6. Chemical plant and system operators

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $86,550
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,460
- Employment: 29,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lima, OH ($92,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($91,210)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($90,170)

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

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $88,590
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#4. Transportation inspectors

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $90,970
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $92,430
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#2. Commercial pilots

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $97,430
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Baton Rouge, LA
- Annual mean salary: $98,170
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,830

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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