Highest paying jobs in Jackson, Michigan for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Jackson, Michigan 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 Jackson, 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. Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $38,210
- #185 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,650
- Employment: 179,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($49,970)
--- Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH ($49,680)
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($49,470)
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#49. Opticians, dispensing

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $38,470
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,380
- Employment: 68,180
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,300)
--- New Haven, CT ($69,460)
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($66,670)
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#48. Office clerks, general

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $38,930
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,260

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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#47. Billing and posting clerks

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $39,110
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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. Customer service representatives

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $39,170
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,510
- Employment: 2,833,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($52,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,510)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($47,490)

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#45. Loan interviewers and clerks

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $40,380
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 204,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($59,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,140)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,710)
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#44. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $40,640
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#43. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,330
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#42. New accounts clerks

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,510
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#41. Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,720
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,140
- Employment: 137,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, MI ($60,190)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($58,940)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($58,790)

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#40. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,730
- #256 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#39. Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,800
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,960
- Employment: 155,020
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($51,870)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($51,490)
--- South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($51,430)
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#38. Light truck drivers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,210
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#37. Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,690
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,070
- Employment: 240,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,830)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,120)
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($58,380)
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#36. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,720
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#35. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $43,560
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#34. Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $44,110
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,680
- Employment: 16,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany, OR ($58,640)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($56,830)
--- Wichita, KS ($51,240)
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#33. Machinists

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $44,300
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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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#32. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,610
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#31. Highway maintenance workers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,510
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $48,200
- #270 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#29. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $48,220
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#28. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $48,360
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#27. Dental laboratory technicians

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $49,210
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#26. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $49,390
- #239 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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#25. Carpenters

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $49,550
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#24. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,410
- #209 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#23. Chefs and head cooks

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,910
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,120
- #76 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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#21. Automotive body and related repairers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $52,330
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#20. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,400
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#19. Postal service mail carriers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,230
- #168 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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#18. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,810
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#17. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $59,490
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#15. Industrial machinery mechanics

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $60,200
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#14. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $60,470
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#13. Food service managers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $62,740
- #151 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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#12. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $64,010
- #190 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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#11. Electricians

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $64,190
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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. Construction and building inspectors

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $64,800
- #123 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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#9. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,560
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#8. Insurance sales agents

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,700
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $66,850
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $70,930
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $71,390
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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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#4. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $76,510
- #284 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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#3. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $88,120
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $90,570
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#1. Private detectives and investigators

Jackson, MI
- Annual mean salary: $93,360
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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