Highest paying jobs in Muskegon for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Muskegon 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 Muskegon, 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. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,150
- #340 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#49. Printing press operators

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,250
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,280
- #183 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#47. Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,790
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,000
- Employment: 15,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($73,990)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($61,150)
--- Duluth, MN-WI ($58,790)
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#46. Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $41,900
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,640
- Employment: 173,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($57,820)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($53,920)
--- Salinas, CA ($52,980)

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#45. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,310
- #254 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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#44. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,810
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#43. Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,860
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,800
- Employment: 69,570
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($59,780)
--- Syracuse, NY ($51,600)
--- Albany, OR ($50,470)
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#42. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $43,360
- #366 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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. Pourers and casters, metal

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $44,540
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,440
- Employment: 7,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC ($58,040)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($55,770)
--- North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) ($51,720)

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

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $44,690
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#39. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $44,730
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,930
- Employment: 29,880
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,260)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($65,320)
--- Joplin, MO ($65,210)
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#38. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $45,020
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $45,340
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#36. Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,080
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,320
- Employment: 33,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($70,440)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($58,640)
--- Wichita, KS ($56,010)

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#35. Highway maintenance workers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,230
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#34. Carpenters

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,420
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#33. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,430
- #165 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 940

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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#32. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,450
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $46,960
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#30. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,330
- #422 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#29. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $47,500
- #174 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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#28. Foundry mold and coremakers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $48,030
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,370
- Employment: 16,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($50,560)
--- Muskegon, MI ($48,030)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($47,150)
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#27. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,330
- #211 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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#26. Postal service clerks

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $50,370
- #375 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#25. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $51,610
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#24. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $52,170
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#23. Industrial machinery mechanics

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $52,430
- #415 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#22. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $52,850
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#21. Postal service mail carriers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,260
- #334 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#20. Automotive body and related repairers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $53,410
- #72 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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#19. Sheet metal workers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $54,140
- #156 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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#18. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $55,080
- #419 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,230
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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. Correctional officers and jailers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,350
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,360
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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. Structural iron and steel workers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $56,990
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#13. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,570
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#12. Food service managers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $58,990
- #240 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#11. Millwrights

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $59,010
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $61,300
- #393 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $64,190
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,250
- #307 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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 mechanics, installers, and repairers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $71,330
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $72,170
- #366 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $72,940
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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. Insurance sales agents

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $74,140
- #68 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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $74,540
- #416 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $83,020
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Muskegon, MI
- Annual mean salary: $85,370
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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