Highest paying jobs in St. Cloud for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in St. Cloud 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 St. Cloud, MN 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. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $48,720
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#49. Chefs and head cooks

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $49,090
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#48. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $49,280
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,500
- Employment: 141,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,770)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($59,160)
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#47. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $49,610
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#46. Automotive body and related repairers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $49,690
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#45. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $50,070
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#44. Machinists

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $50,720
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#43. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $50,730
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#42. Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $50,930
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,350
- Employment: 35,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($61,910)
--- Bellingham, WA ($61,210)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,760)
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#41. Real estate sales agents

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $51,090
- #233 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#40. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $51,260
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $51,490
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#38. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $51,750
- #216 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#37. Highway maintenance workers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $53,130
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#36. Maintenance workers, machinery

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $53,240
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#35. Carpenters

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $53,800
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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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#34. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $53,880
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,500
- Employment: 40,240
- 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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#33. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $54,900
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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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#32. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $55,570
- #126 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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#31. Postal service mail carriers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $55,840
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#30. Postal service clerks

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $56,230
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#29. Industrial machinery mechanics

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $57,060
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#28. Advertising sales agents

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $57,200
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $57,760
- #256 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#26. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $57,780
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $58,320
- #218 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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#24. Food service managers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $58,350
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#23. Tax preparers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $60,330
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,710
- Employment: 62,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)
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#22. Security and fire alarm systems installers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $62,030
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,150
- Employment: 68,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Eugene, OR ($70,940)
--- Salem, OR ($68,640)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($68,520)
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#21. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $62,510
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#20. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $62,740
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,170
- Employment: 29,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($101,630)
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#18 (tie). Sheet metal workers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $63,300
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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 (tie). Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $63,300
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $63,340
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

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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#16. Brickmasons and blockmasons

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $63,910
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#15. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $64,740
- #34 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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#14. Electricians

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $65,460
- #125 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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#13. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $68,200
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $68,450
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

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

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $68,830
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $69,120
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#9. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $69,890
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $73,020
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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 mechanics, installers, and repairers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $73,070
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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. Construction and building inspectors

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $73,620
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#5. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $74,260
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $77,470
- #264 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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 construction trades and extraction workers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $82,260
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $83,940
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

St. Cloud, MN
- Annual mean salary: $98,810
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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