Highest paying jobs in Kansas City for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Kansas City 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 Kansas City, MO-KS 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. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,280
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,600
- Employment: 53,420
- 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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#49. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,360
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,620
- Employment: 10,020
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($79,660)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($72,800)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($71,910)
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#48. Private detectives and investigators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,470
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#47. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,720
- #237 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,860

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

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,890
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#45. Insulation workers, mechanical

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,920
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,470
- Employment: 27,700
- 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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#44. Glaziers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $58,880
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#43. Industrial machinery mechanics

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $59,240
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,380

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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#42. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $59,650
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,700
- Employment: 18,680
- 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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#41. Construction and building inspectors

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $59,830
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#40. Structural iron and steel workers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $59,990
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#39. Lodging managers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $60,880
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($122,290)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
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#38. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $61,270
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,050

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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#37. Sheet metal workers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $61,900
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,160

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

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $61,980
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#35. Real estate sales agents

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $62,620
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,270

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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#34. Advertising sales agents

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $62,760
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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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#33. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $62,790
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,640

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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#32. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $62,810
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#31. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $62,860
- #64 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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#30. Electricians

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $63,150
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,550

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

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $64,020
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,390

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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#28. Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $64,750
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,400
- Employment: 44,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,510)
--- Nevada nonmetropolitan area ($81,690)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($78,180)
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#27. Food service managers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $66,960
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $67,550
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,030

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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#25. Millwrights

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $68,140
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#24. Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $68,470
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,830
- Employment: 10,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($75,030)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($69,840)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($68,890)
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#23. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $68,830
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,200

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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#22. Occupational health and safety technicians

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $69,910
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)
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#21. Crane and tower operators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,010
- Employment: 44,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($131,160)
--- Syracuse, NY ($103,350)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($99,990)

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#20. Insurance sales agents

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $71,210
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,640

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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#19. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $71,280
- #219 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,620

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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#18. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $71,890
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,610

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

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $73,730
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,390

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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#16. Transportation inspectors

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $74,060
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,320
- Employment: 27,360
- 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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#15. Gas plant operators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $74,990
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,290
- Employment: 14,990
- 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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#14. Real estate brokers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $77,070
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- 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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#13. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $78,120
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,060

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

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $78,660
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,610
- Employment: 40,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($101,900)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
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#11. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $81,540
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- 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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#10. Detectives and criminal investigators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $84,280
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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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#9. Power plant operators

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $87,060
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#8. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $87,270
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

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

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $89,050
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

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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#6. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $89,260
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

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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#5. Flight attendants

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $94,320
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,150
- Employment: 116,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($94,320)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($72,130)
--- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL ($67,620)
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#4. Power distributors and dispatchers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $97,230
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $93,260
- Employment: 9,940
- 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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $99,260
- #161 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,120

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. Commercial pilots

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $108,720
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $110,830
- Employment: 37,120
- 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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#1. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Kansas City, MO-KS
- Annual mean salary: $113,590
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- 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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