Highest-paying jobs in Minneapolis that don't require a college degree

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Minneapolis that don't require a college degree

From the moment they arrive on campus, today’s high school students are inundated with messages about the importance of receiving a college education. They hear it from their guidance counselors, teachers, parents, family members, neighbors, and coaches. While graduation from a four-year college can certainly work wonders for students’ future careers, it’s not necessary for all fields — something admissions officers and guidance counselors sometimes fail to mention.

To find the highest paying jobs that don’t require a college degree, Stacker consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to compile a list of all jobs that don’t require higher education. All professions that listed a high school diploma, some college education (without a degree conferred), postsecondary nondegree award, or no formal education requirements for entry-level positions were considered. Jobs that didn’t list any entry-level education requirement were excluded, as were job titles that grouped several positions together. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to discover the highest paying jobs in Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,780
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,960
- Employment: 278,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,800)
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#49. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,730
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,850
- Employment: 35,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,090)
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#48. Sound engineering technicians

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,940
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,360
- Employment: 10,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,070)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($84,930)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($84,620)
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#47. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,020
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,630

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,380
- Employment: 1,443,630
- 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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#46. Tapers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,420
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,140
- Employment: 14,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($93,010)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($87,750)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($86,880)

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

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,620
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,620

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,330
- Employment: 629,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($90,410)
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#44. Dredge operators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,530
- Employment: 1,650
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($70,650)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($62,850)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($60,490)
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#43. Sheet metal workers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,270
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,890

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,760
- Employment: 122,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#42. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,400
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,450
- Employment: 25,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
--- Redding, CA ($72,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($71,740)
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#41. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,500
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,230
- Employment: 50,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($87,890)
--- Fresno, CA ($86,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,640)

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#40. Electricians

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $72,430
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,630

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- Employment: 650,580
- 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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#39. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,240

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,280
- Employment: 404,820
- 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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#38. Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,250
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,370
- Employment: 18,210
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($73,250)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,140)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($65,940)
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#37. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,260
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,270
- Employment: 80,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($171,060)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($135,860)
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#36. Real estate brokers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,330
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,490
- Employment: 48,460
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)

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

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,370
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,310
- Employment: 44,870
- 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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#34. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,380
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,210

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,030
- Employment: 234,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($103,610)
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#33. Pile driver operators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,630
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,950
- Employment: 3,760
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,620)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($106,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($104,880)
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#32. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,330
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,430
- Employment: 55,950
- 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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#31. Plasterers and stucco masons

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,680
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,810
- Employment: 26,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($76,030)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($75,260)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,090)

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#30. Fire inspectors and investigators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $75,080
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,680
- Employment: 14,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dayton, OH ($116,740)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($112,040)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($107,220)
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#29. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $75,440
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,960
- Employment: 16,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($97,000)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($88,350)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($75,440)
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#28. Pipelayers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $75,510
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,510
- Employment: 33,330
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,310)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($75,510)
--- Madison, WI ($70,810)
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#27. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $78,870
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 19,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,390
- Employment: 1,242,490
- 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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#26. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $79,270
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,570

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,590
- Employment: 526,240
- 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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#25. Construction and building inspectors

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $80,000
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,480
- Employment: 117,830
- 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. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $81,130
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- Employment: 1,026,390
- 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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#23. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $82,380
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,820
- Employment: 12,750
- 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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#22. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $82,660
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,360

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,470
- Employment: 125,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,470)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($86,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,860)
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#21. Structural iron and steel workers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $82,700
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,270
- Employment: 68,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($83,340)

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#20. Hoist and winch operators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $83,010
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,450
- Employment: 2,610
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($83,010)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($74,330)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($64,820)
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#19. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $83,580
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,210

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- 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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#18. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $85,100
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,750
- Employment: 54,470
- 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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#17. Insurance sales agents

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $85,540
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,340
- Employment: 422,600
- 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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#16. Detectives and criminal investigators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $86,970
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,370
- Employment: 107,890
- 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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#15. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $87,660
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,050

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,060
- Employment: 665,870
- 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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#14. Insulation workers, mechanical

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $88,360
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,260
- Employment: 28,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($109,380)
--- Syracuse, NY ($97,670)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,740)
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#13. Gas plant operators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $89,500
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,970
- Employment: 15,110
- 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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#12. Power plant operators

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $90,170
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,740
- Employment: 28,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#11. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $90,610
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,060
- Employment: 123,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
--- Salinas, CA ($110,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,490)

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#10. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $90,640
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,500
- Employment: 34,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($96,520)
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#9. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $93,320
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,320
- Employment: 22,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,290)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($113,590)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($113,480)
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#8. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $93,420
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,340

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,320
- Employment: 243,920
- 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. Power distributors and dispatchers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $97,350
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,520
- Employment: 9,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($131,560)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($129,570)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($123,540)
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#6. Transportation inspectors

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $103,340
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,620
- Employment: 25,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($112,260)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($111,930)
--- Anchorage, AK ($108,140)

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#5. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $110,260
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,760
- Employment: 128,230
- 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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#4. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $110,280
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,640
- Employment: 22,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,210)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($118,510)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($114,280)
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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $115,520
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,840

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,580
- Employment: 144,640
- 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. Commercial pilots

Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $133,450
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,080
- Employment: 42,770
- 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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Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $181,850
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $116,930
- Employment: 12,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($212,500)
--- Cleveland-Elyria, OH ($210,210)
--- Columbus, OH ($201,290)

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