Highest paying jobs in Grand Rapids for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, 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. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,780
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,140
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#48. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,450
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#47. Chefs and head cooks

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,740
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#46. Maintenance workers, machinery

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,820
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#44 (tie). Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,880
- #191 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#44 (tie). Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,880
- #215 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#43. Postal service clerks

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $52,360
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#42. Electricians

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,900
- #308 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,830

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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#41. Industrial machinery mechanics

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,220
- #358 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,760

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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#40. Real estate sales agents

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,290
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#39. Glaziers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,310
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#38. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,530
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#37. Riggers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,680
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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. Postal service mail carriers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,830
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

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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#35. Structural iron and steel workers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,020
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#34. Advertising sales agents

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,350
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#33. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,650
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#32. Private detectives and investigators

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,820
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,100
- Employment: 32,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#31. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,840
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#30. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,470
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($95,980)
--- Decatur, IL ($92,670)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($89,340)
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#29. Automotive body and related repairers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,850
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#28. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,940
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#27. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,070
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,420
- Employment: 22,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area ($85,480)
--- Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area ($77,330)
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
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#26. Food service managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,700
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

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. Correctional officers and jailers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,790
- #58 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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#24. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $59,230
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,530

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. Model makers, metal and plastic

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $59,390
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,180
- Employment: 3,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,140)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($76,210)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($74,210)
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#22. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $60,950
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,630

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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#21. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $61,600
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $62,140
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $63,700
- #300 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,820

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,880
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,050

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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#17. Boilermakers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $66,470
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#16. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $68,660
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $68,690
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $69,410
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,180

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $69,700
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,820

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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#12. Insurance sales agents

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $70,760
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,760

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $72,400
- #186 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

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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#10. Millwrights

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $75,280
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#9. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $80,020
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $84,780
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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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#7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $87,070
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#6. Gas plant operators

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $87,990
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,290
- Employment: 14,990
- 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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#5. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $89,860
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- 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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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $97,670
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $97,900
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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 police and detectives

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $99,100
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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. Commercial pilots

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $110,110
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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