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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Buffalo 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 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Insulation workers, mechanical

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $60,180
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#49. Sheet metal workers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $60,220
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#48. Tool and die makers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $60,910
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,150
- Employment: 63,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,920)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($72,510)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($71,910)
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#47. Tile and stone setters

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $61,410
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,330
- Employment: 41,160
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($83,400)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,330)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($76,980)
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#46. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $63,930
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,510
- Employment: 29,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($99,740)

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#45. Advertising sales agents

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $64,280
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,540
- Employment: 96,660
- 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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#44. Real estate sales agents

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $64,580
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,480
- Employment: 175,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#43. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $64,950
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#42. Food service managers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $64,960
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,970
- Employment: 210,680
- 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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#41. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $65,200
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,920

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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#40. First-line supervisors of gambling services workers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $65,510
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,590
- Employment: 19,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,710)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($65,990)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($65,510)
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#39. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $65,520
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,400

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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#38. Electricians

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $65,850
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,110

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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#37. Lodging managers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $65,960
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,770
- Employment: 35,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
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#36. Firefighters

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,120
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,290
- Employment: 317,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($114,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,150)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($97,470)

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#35. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,160
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#34. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,410
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#33. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,610
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,970

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,870
- Employment: 466,910
- 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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#32. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $67,250
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,070

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

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $67,350
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,270

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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#30. Construction and building inspectors

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $67,780
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#29. Correctional officers and jailers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $67,880
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,320

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,420
- Employment: 392,600
- 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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#28. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $69,760
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,350
- Employment: 172,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($88,140)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($84,690)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,570)
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#27. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $69,920
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,800

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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#26. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $70,010
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- Employment: 101,530
- 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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#25. Structural iron and steel workers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $70,600
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $70,850
- #230 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,870

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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#23. Fire inspectors and investigators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $72,100
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#22. Boilermakers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $73,850
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,070
- Employment: 12,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,660)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($96,080)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($90,620)
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#21. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $76,040
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,400

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

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $76,300
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#19. Transportation inspectors

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $76,500
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#18. Insurance sales agents

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $76,850
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,530

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

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $78,590
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,550

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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#16. Power plant operators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $79,860
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#15. Court reporters and simultaneous captioners

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $80,020
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,240
- Employment: 12,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,910)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($100,060)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($99,120)
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#14. Ship engineers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $82,340
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,910
- Employment: 7,650
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette, LA ($108,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($100,970)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($99,670)
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#13. Athletes and sports competitors

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $82,650
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#12. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $83,230
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#11. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $84,520
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- Employment: 33,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,420)
--- Anchorage, AK ($118,620)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($110,750)

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#10. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $86,650
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#9. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $86,900
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#8. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $88,040
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $91,320
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#6. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $92,140
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#5. Detectives and criminal investigators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $93,330
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $101,980
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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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#3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $106,090
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $106,310
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $107,660
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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