Highest paying jobs in Ann Arbor for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Ann Arbor 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 Ann Arbor, MI 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. Community health workers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $49,010
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#49. Public safety telecommunicators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $49,570
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#48. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $49,920
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,110
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#46. Dental laboratory technicians

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,270
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,230
- Employment: 30,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($67,730)
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($59,560)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($55,140)

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#45. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,530
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#44. Bus drivers, transit and intercity

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,570
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,110
- Employment: 162,850
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,940)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,310)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($67,370)
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#43. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,630
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#42. Tax preparers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,160
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,710
- Employment: 62,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)
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#41. Carpenters

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,580
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#40. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,130
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,990
- Employment: 138,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,570)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,900)
--- New Haven, CT ($63,790)
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#39. Sheet metal workers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,880
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#38. Postal service mail carriers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,930
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#37. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,270
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,950
- Employment: 54,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,460)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($73,070)
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#36. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,340
- #104 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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#35. Advertising sales agents

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,160
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#34. Correctional officers and jailers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,690
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 405,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($96,580)
--- Salinas, CA ($89,100)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,260)
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#33. Industrial machinery mechanics

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,850
- #257 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#32. Postal service clerks

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,380
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#31. Highway maintenance workers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,690
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#30. Chefs and head cooks

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,000
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#29. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,840
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,890
- Employment: 119,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,370)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($87,990)
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#28. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $60,100
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,330

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

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $63,260
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#26. Food service managers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $64,710
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#25. Lodging managers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,220
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#24. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,260
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $66,270
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#22. Insurance sales agents

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $66,530
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $66,590
- #201 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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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#20. Millwrights

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $67,700
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#19. Electricians

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $68,130
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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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#18. Construction and building inspectors

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $68,910
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#17. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $70,540
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#16. Automotive body and related repairers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $71,350
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $73,420
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,770

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

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $73,960
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#13. Real estate sales agents

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $74,960
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#12. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $75,700
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $76,130
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,160

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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#10. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $76,450
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $77,070
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $79,000
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $80,870
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#6. Power plant operators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $87,930
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)

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#5. Commercial pilots

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $88,310
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#4. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $94,320
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $96,600
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $103,170
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $109,890
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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