Highest paying jobs in Buffalo for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Buffalo 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 Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 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. Maintenance workers, machinery

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $54,290
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $54,380
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#48. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $55,080
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#47. Tree trimmers and pruners

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $55,250
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,040
- Employment: 52,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($66,120)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,000)
--- Anchorage, AK ($64,280)
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#46. Chemical plant and system operators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $55,460
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,460
- Employment: 29,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lima, OH ($92,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($91,210)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($90,170)

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#45. Private detectives and investigators

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $56,760
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#44. Bailiffs

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $56,950
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,730
- Employment: 18,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($69,600)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,050)
--- Glens Falls, NY ($66,980)
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#43. Millwrights

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $57,260
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#42. Carpenters

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $57,940
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,760

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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#41. Chefs and head cooks

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $57,980
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#40. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $58,060
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#39. Industrial machinery mechanics

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY
- Annual mean salary: $59,370
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

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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#38. 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: $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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#37. 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: $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. 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: $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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#35. 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: $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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#34. 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: $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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#33. 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: $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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#32. 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: $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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#31. 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: $51,160
- Employment: 19,100
- 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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#30. 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: $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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#29. Electricians

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

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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#28. Lodging managers

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

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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#27. 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: $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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#26. 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: $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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#25. 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: $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. 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: $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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#23. 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: $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. 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: $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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#21. 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: $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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#20. 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: $70,650
- 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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#19. 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: $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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#18. 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: $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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#17. 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: $73,100
- 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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#16. Boilermakers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,430
- Employment: 14,020
- 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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#15. 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: $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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#14. 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: $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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#13. Transportation inspectors

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

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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#12. 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: $69,100
- 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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#11. 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: $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. 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: $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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#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: $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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#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: $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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#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: $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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#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: $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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#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: $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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#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: $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 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: $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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#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: $105,100
- 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. Commercial pilots

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

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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