Highest paying jobs in Las Cruces for high school graduates

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April 25, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Las Cruces 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 Las Cruces, NM 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 farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $37,200
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,420
- Employment: 22,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area ($85,480)
--- Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area ($77,330)
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
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#49. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $37,230
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#48. Social and human service assistants

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $37,690
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- Employment: 399,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($56,140)
--- North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($55,360)
--- Danbury, CT ($54,870)
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#47. Machinists

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $37,930
- #483 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#46. Light truck drivers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $38,210
- #354 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,050
- Employment: 929,470
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($51,560)
--- Waterbury, CT ($50,100)

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#45. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $38,460
- #448 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#44. Correctional officers and jailers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $39,220
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#43. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $39,310
- #275 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $40,420
- #316 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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#41. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $40,430
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#40. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $40,560
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#39. Loan interviewers and clerks

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $40,850
- #271 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 204,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($59,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,140)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,710)
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#38. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $40,950
- #416 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

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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#37. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $41,420
- #328 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#36. Carpenters

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $41,550
- #387 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#35. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $41,700
- #496 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#34. Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $42,570
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,070
- Employment: 240,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,830)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,120)
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($58,380)
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#33. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $42,790
- #376 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#32. Automotive body and related repairers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $42,920
- #414 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#31. Real estate sales agents

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $44,450
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#30. Self-enrichment teachers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $44,960
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,930
- Employment: 222,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($70,350)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($66,650)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($63,470)
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#29. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $45,440
- #348 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#28. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $45,760
- #447 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#27. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $45,870
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#26. Electricians

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $46,780
- #467 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $47,930
- #285 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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#24. Sheet metal workers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $48,170
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#23. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $49,880
- #363 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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#22. Industrial machinery mechanics

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $51,250
- #460 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#21. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $51,420
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#20. Surveying and mapping technicians

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $52,050
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- Employment: 53,370
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)
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#19. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $52,110
- #417 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#18. Insurance sales agents

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $52,390
- #379 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $52,450
- #336 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#16. Postal service mail carriers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $53,100
- #352 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $54,100
- #514 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $54,600
- #490 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#13. Construction and building inspectors

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $54,980
- #305 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#12. Postal service clerks

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $55,340
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $55,680
- #405 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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. Food service managers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $56,570
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#9. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $57,400
- #246 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $57,780
- #471 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $58,780
- #477 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $61,790
- #485 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#5. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $66,690
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#4. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $71,140
- #144 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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#3. Commercial pilots

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $79,830
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $87,510
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Las Cruces, NM
- Annual mean salary: $98,390
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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