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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in New Orleans 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 New Orleans-Metairie, LA that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,720
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,030

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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#49. Advertising sales agents

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,020
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,230
- #186 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#47 (tie). Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,230
- #414 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,840

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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#46. Machinists

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,360
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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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#45. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,560
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- Employment: 101,530
- 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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#44. Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,810
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,060
- Employment: 48,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($92,800)
--- Napa, CA ($68,470)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($63,240)
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#43. Pile driver operators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,570
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,950
- Employment: 3,760
- 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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#42. Sound engineering technicians

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,630
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,360
- Employment: 10,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,070)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($84,930)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($84,620)
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#41. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,700
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,310
- Employment: 44,870
- 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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#40. Sailors and marine oilers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,830
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,610

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,800
- Employment: 26,610
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($73,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,930)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($67,820)
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#39. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,990
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,470
- Employment: 125,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,470)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($86,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,860)
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#38. Crane and tower operators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $57,040
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 43,400
- 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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#37. Electricians

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $58,260
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,250

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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#36. Construction and building inspectors

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $58,600
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,480
- Employment: 117,830
- 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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#35. Property, real estate, and community association managers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $58,820
- #233 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,090

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. Boilermakers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $61,490
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,070
- Employment: 12,920
- 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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#33. Insurance sales agents

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $63,650
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,880

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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#32. Industrial machinery mechanics

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $64,990
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,500

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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#31. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $65,000
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,350
- Employment: 172,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($88,140)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($84,690)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,570)

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#30. Millwrights

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $65,300
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,260
- Employment: 39,240
- 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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#29. Commercial divers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $65,850
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,010
- Employment: 2,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($155,470)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($110,130)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($92,100)
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#28. Food service managers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $66,410
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#27. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $66,570
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#26. Chemical plant and system operators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $66,670
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,070

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,020
- Employment: 21,740
- 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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#25. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $69,890
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,890

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,500
- Employment: 34,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($96,520)
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#24. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $70,410
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,510

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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#23. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $70,440
- #357 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

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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#22. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $70,710
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,960
- Employment: 278,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,800)
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#21. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $71,560
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,640
- Employment: 22,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,210)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($118,510)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($114,280)

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

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $72,120
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,360

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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#19. Fire inspectors and investigators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $72,450
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,680
- Employment: 14,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dayton, OH ($116,740)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($112,040)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($107,220)
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#18. Real estate sales agents

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $72,880
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,480
- Employment: 175,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#17. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $72,900
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,300

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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#16. Service unit operators, oil and gas

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,660
- Employment: 32,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($79,050)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($73,100)
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($65,030)

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

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $75,490
- #307 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,320
- Employment: 243,920
- 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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#14. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $76,240
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,230
- Employment: 50,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($87,890)
--- Fresno, CA ($86,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,640)
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#13. Lodging managers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $77,890
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,770
- Employment: 35,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
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#12. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $79,610
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#11. Gas plant operators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $81,500
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,970
- Employment: 15,110
- 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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#10. Detectives and criminal investigators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $81,560
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,370
- Employment: 107,890
- 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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#9. Power plant operators

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $83,110
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,740
- Employment: 28,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#8. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $83,520
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,050

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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#7. Postmasters and mail superintendents

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $83,920
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,820
- Employment: 12,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($97,930)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($96,450)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($94,460)
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#6. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $86,970
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,320
- Employment: 22,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,290)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($113,590)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($113,480)

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#5. Ship engineers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $95,690
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,910
- Employment: 7,650
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette, LA ($108,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($100,970)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($99,670)
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#4. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $97,700
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,580
- Employment: 144,640
- 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. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $110,750
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,620

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- Employment: 33,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,420)
--- Anchorage, AK ($118,620)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($110,750)
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#2. Commercial pilots

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $119,460
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,080
- Employment: 42,770
- 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. Athletes and sports competitors

New Orleans-Metairie, LA
- Annual mean salary: $126,040
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $116,930
- Employment: 12,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($212,500)
--- Cleveland-Elyria, OH ($210,210)
--- Columbus, OH ($201,290)

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