Highest paying jobs in Shreveport for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Shreveport 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 Shreveport-Bossier City, 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. Sheet metal workers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $44,570
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#49. Glaziers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $45,120
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,970
- Employment: 52,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($78,840)
--- Salem, OR ($78,000)
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($76,680)
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#48. Automotive body and related repairers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $45,410
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#47. First-line supervisors of gambling services workers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $45,720
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#46. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,250
- #482 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

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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#45. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,460
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,650
- Employment: 248,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($69,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($68,140)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($64,980)
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#44. Occupational health and safety technicians

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,480
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#43. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,700
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,770
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#41. Logging equipment operators

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,820
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,570
- Employment: 25,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($64,000)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($62,910)
--- Longview, WA ($62,780)

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#40. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $47,910
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,250
- Employment: 15,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($78,200)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($69,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,320)
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#39. Chefs and head cooks

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $48,560
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $48,960
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#37. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $49,010
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#36. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $49,110
- #275 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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#35. Electricians

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $49,220
- #417 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#34. Maintenance workers, machinery

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $49,750
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#33. Mixing and blending machine setters, operators, and tenders

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $50,510
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $50,670
- #453 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,060

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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#31. Machinists

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $51,110
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#30. Real estate sales agents

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $51,320
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#29. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,040
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#28. Advertising sales agents

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,080
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#27. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,170
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#26. Postal service mail carriers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,530
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $53,630
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#24. Postal service clerks

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,210
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#23. Construction and building inspectors

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,230
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,550
- #429 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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#21. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $54,920
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#20. Insurance sales agents

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $55,360
- #339 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#19. Millwrights

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $56,900
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $57,160
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#17. Chemical plant and system operators

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $57,270
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#16. Industrial machinery mechanics

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $58,850
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#15. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $60,840
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#14. Food service managers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $61,950
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#13. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $63,570
- #405 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#12. Lodging managers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $66,310
- #79 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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#11. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $67,230
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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. Detectives and criminal investigators

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $68,270
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $68,360
- #300 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $69,700
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#7. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $71,180
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $71,440
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,890

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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#5. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $75,210
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#4. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $77,230
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $80,790
- #386 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $81,240
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA
- Annual mean salary: $86,160
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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