Highest paying jobs in Lake Charles for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles, 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. Public safety telecommunicators

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $44,220
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#49. Structural metal fabricators and fitters

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $44,390
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,750
- Employment: 69,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($59,130)
--- Anchorage, AK ($57,900)
--- Longview, WA ($57,410)
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#48. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $45,180
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#47. Maintenance workers, machinery

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $45,240
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#46. Occupational health and safety technicians

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $45,340
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)

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#45. Surveying and mapping technicians

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $46,390
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#44. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,000
- #320 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

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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#43. Automotive body and related repairers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,440
- #237 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#42. Procurement clerks

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,570
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,400
- Employment: 61,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($58,310)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,800)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($56,330)
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#41. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $48,160
- #468 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#40. Chefs and head cooks

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $48,410
- #290 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#39. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $48,660
- #274 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#38. Carpenters

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $48,930
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#37. Riggers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $49,640
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,020
- Employment: 21,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($89,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,310)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($73,160)
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#36. Sheet metal workers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $49,900
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#35. Insurance sales agents

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $50,110
- #419 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $50,930
- #478 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#33. Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $51,260
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,140
- Employment: 137,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, MI ($60,190)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($58,940)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($58,790)
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#32. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $52,160
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#31. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $52,560
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#30. First-line supervisors of gambling services workers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $52,720
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,160
- Employment: 19,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,710)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($65,990)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($65,510)
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#29. Postal service mail carriers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,290
- #328 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#28. Machinists

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,370
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#27. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,620
- #328 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,700
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#25. Postal service clerks

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,290
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,390
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#23. Electricians

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,440
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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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#22. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,920
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#21. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,860
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#20. Structural iron and steel workers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $58,840
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#19. Construction and building inspectors

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $60,300
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#18. Crane and tower operators

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $61,880
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#17. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $62,810
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#16. Boilermakers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $63,140
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#15. Food service managers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $64,630
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $64,810
- #344 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#13. Detectives and criminal investigators

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $64,850
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#12. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $66,050
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $67,220
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

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

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $68,750
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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. Millwrights

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $72,030
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#8. Chemical plant and system operators

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $73,420
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#7. Gambling managers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $75,850
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $85,440
- Employment: 3,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($106,830)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($104,140)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($103,210)
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#6. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $76,580
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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. Industrial machinery mechanics

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $85,360
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#4. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $87,990
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#3. Commercial pilots

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $95,540
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $97,910
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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

Lake Charles, LA
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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