Highest paying jobs in New York City for high school graduates

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April 25, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in New York 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 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 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. Correctional officers and jailers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $78,190
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 20,470

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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#49. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $79,470
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,880

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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#48. Rail yard engineers, dinkey operators, and hostlers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $79,610
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,200
- Employment: 4,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,610)
--- Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area ($71,540)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($48,870)
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#47. Construction and building inspectors

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $79,880
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,010

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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#46. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $80,060
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80,410

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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#45. Transportation inspectors

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $80,120
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,780

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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#44. Subway and streetcar operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $82,190
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,940

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,480
- Employment: 11,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($82,190)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($76,320)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,690)
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#43. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $82,900
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 25,420

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $83,150
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 72,370

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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#41. Brickmasons and blockmasons

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $83,200
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,020

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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#40. Signal and track switch repairers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $83,760
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,440

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,970
- Employment: 7,250
- Metros with highest average pay: data not available
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#39. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $84,730
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 79,180

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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#38. Fabric and apparel patternmakers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $84,960
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,880
- Employment: 4,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($84,960)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,260)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($74,480)
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#37. Electricians

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $85,070
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 41,270

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $85,860
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 28,920

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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#35. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,170
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,420

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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#33 (tie). Postmasters and mail superintendents

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,650
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#33 (tie). Real estate sales agents

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,650
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,120

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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#32. Rail car repairers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,690
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,250
- Employment: 22,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,690)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($76,530)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($74,740)
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#31. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,730
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,920

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. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $87,850
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,340

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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#29. Boilermakers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $88,030
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $90,120
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,560

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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#27. Chemical plant and system operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $90,170
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $91,430
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#25. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $91,860
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,990

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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#24. Choreographers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $94,910
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 3,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($94,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($79,760)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($63,250)
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#23. Structural iron and steel workers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $95,020
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,200

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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#22. Insurance sales agents

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $95,600
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 18,400

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $97,640
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 21,400

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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#20. Advertising sales agents

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $97,840
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,620

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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#19. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $98,010
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,810
- Employment: 5,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($104,810)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($101,650)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($101,610)
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#18. Power plant operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $98,730
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,420

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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#17. Terrazzo workers and finishers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $99,300
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,440
- Employment: 2,970
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($64,410)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($57,030)
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#16. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $99,520
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,080

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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#14 (tie). Lodging managers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $99,600
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,440

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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#14 (tie). Gas plant operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $99,600
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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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#13. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $102,650
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,670

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,410
- Employment: 114,930
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
--- Salinas, CA ($110,180)
--- North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($109,740)
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#12. Property, real estate, and community association managers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $103,610
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,220

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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#11. Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators and locomotive firers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $104,560
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,890
- Employment: 14,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($104,560)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($68,920)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($60,810)

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#10. Pile driver operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $106,620
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,880
- Employment: 3,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,620)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($106,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($104,880)
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#9. Insulation workers, mechanical

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $109,380
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#8. Power distributors and dispatchers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $112,040
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#7. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $114,400
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,650

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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#6. Detectives and criminal investigators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $114,760
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,340

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $121,250
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 23,220

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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#4. Crane and tower operators

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $131,160
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,290

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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $133,260
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,020

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

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $134,700
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA
- Annual mean salary: $137,060
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,510

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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