Highest paying jobs in Battle Creek for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Battle Creek 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 Battle Creek, 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. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $39,730
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,420
- Employment: 1,850,360
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,730)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($54,450)
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#49. Office clerks, general

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $40,000
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,770
- Employment: 2,788,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($49,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($49,740)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($48,850)
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#48. New accounts clerks

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $40,110
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,870
- Employment: 45,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,930)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($54,190)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($53,440)
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#47. Billing and posting clerks

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $40,550
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,610
- Employment: 445,160
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,850)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($55,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($54,960)
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#46. Printing press operators

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $40,730
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,200
- Employment: 160,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($56,850)
--- Dover-Durham, NH-ME ($51,730)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($50,370)

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#45. Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,150
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,100
- Employment: 23,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($61,400)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,600)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($55,320)
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#44. Public safety telecommunicators

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,730
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#43. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,980
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,300
- Employment: 149,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($70,030)
--- Waco, TX ($63,080)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($57,930)
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#42. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,090
- #422 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#41. Light truck drivers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,130
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,050
- Employment: 929,470
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($51,560)
--- Waterbury, CT ($50,100)

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

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,540
- #140 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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#39. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,610
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,790
- Employment: 1,357,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,230)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($59,870)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($56,650)
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#38. Automotive body and related repairers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $43,280
- #405 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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#37. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $43,480
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,490
- Employment: 156,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,520)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($62,040)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($60,730)
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#36. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $44,050
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,500
- Employment: 141,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,770)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($59,160)

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#35. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $44,300
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,860
- Employment: 188,450
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($64,510)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($64,140)
--- Decatur, IL ($60,740)
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#34. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $45,230
- #209 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $45,300
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#32. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,890
- #343 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#31. Highway maintenance workers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,390
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,630
- #272 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#29. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,830
- #339 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#28. Insurance sales agents

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $49,860
- #421 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#27. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,530
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#26. Carpenters

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,730
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#25. Construction and building inspectors

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,070
- #370 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#24. Postal service mail carriers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,760
- #471 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#23. Chefs and head cooks

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $52,580
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#22. Machinists

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,060
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#21. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,410
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#20. Food service managers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,540
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#19. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,500
- #212 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#17 (tie). Property, real estate, and community association managers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,870
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#17 (tie). Sheet metal workers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,870
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#16. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $59,030
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $59,060
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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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#14. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $60,150
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,220
- Employment: 370,910
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($60,150)
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($54,930)
--- Albany, GA ($53,570)
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#13. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $60,770
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#12. Industrial machinery mechanics

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $63,800
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#11. Electricians

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $64,900
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,130
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#9. Food batchmakers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,310
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,970
- Employment: 153,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($65,310)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($56,900)
--- Binghamton, NY ($50,910)
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#8. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $68,280
- #209 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $69,920
- #216 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $70,980
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $75,970
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $81,430
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $85,510
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $85,990
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Battle Creek, MI
- Annual mean salary: $100,940
- #140 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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