Highest paying jobs in Kalamazoo for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Kalamazoo 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 Kalamazoo-Portage, 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. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $45,320
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#49. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $45,760
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#48. Cutting and slicing machine setters, operators, and tenders

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,040
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,220
- Employment: 52,760
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($60,940)
--- Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($52,510)
--- Bowling Green, KY ($49,980)
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#47. Chefs and head cooks

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,840
- #320 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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#46. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,870
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#45. Highway maintenance workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,030
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#44. Medical appliance technicians

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,110
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,630
- Employment: 13,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Flagstaff, AZ ($59,800)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($58,690)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,910)
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#43. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,220
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#42. Carpenters

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,230
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#41. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,310
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#40. Glaziers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,420
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#39. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,640
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $48,510
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#37. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $48,920
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,750
- Employment: 160,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($84,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)
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#36. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $49,900
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,490
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#34. Postal service clerks

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,830
- #346 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#33. Community health workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $52,660
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#32. Postal service mail carriers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,200
- #342 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#31. Bailiffs

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,860
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,730
- Employment: 18,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($69,600)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,050)
--- Glens Falls, NY ($66,980)

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#30. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,470
- #191 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#29. Automotive body and related repairers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,680
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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. Industrial machinery mechanics

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,980
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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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#27. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,650
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#26. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,810
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#25. Advertising sales agents

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,970
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#24. Electricians

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,030
- #245 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#22 (tie). Construction and building inspectors

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,070
- #263 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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 (tie). Correctional officers and jailers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,070
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#21. Food service managers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,160
- #295 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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 (tie). Structural metal fabricators and fitters

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,190
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,750
- Employment: 69,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($59,130)
--- Anchorage, AK ($57,900)
--- Longview, WA ($57,410)
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#19 (tie). Property, real estate, and community association managers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $57,190
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#18. Structural iron and steel workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,910
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#17. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $59,840
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $60,090
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

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. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $62,180
- #366 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,190

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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#14. Insurance sales agents

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $62,780
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $62,800
- #379 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,800

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. Real estate sales agents

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $62,950
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $63,460
- #209 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

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. Sheet metal workers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,060
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#9. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $66,950
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $67,300
- #234 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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#7. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $70,150
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#6. Millwrights

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $72,500
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $73,660
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $73,950
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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. Detectives and criminal investigators

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $79,790
- #169 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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $85,630
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI
- Annual mean salary: $86,260
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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