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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Rochester 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 Rochester, NY that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Sheet metal workers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $57,360
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

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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#49. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $57,680
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,280
- Employment: 145,230
- 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. Bailiffs

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $58,330
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 16,420
- 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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#47. Private detectives and investigators

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $58,580
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,970
- Employment: 28,860
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#46. Cement masons and concrete finishers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $58,820
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,900
- Employment: 186,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Bedford, MA ($90,980)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($82,820)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($79,650)

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#45. Fence erectors

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $58,850
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,140
- Employment: 24,470
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($64,850)
--- Rochester, NY ($58,850)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($54,310)
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#44. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $60,190
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,270
- Employment: 116,380
- 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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#43. Food service managers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $61,590
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#42. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $62,070
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,230
- Employment: 50,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($87,890)
--- Fresno, CA ($86,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,640)
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#41. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $62,090
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,330

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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#40. Fire inspectors and investigators

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $62,270
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#39. Construction and building inspectors

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $62,730
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#38. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $62,840
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#37. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $62,890
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#36. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $63,190
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#35. Insulation workers, mechanical

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $63,480
- #14 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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#34. Occupational health and safety technicians

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $64,530
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,560
- Employment: 21,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)
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#33. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,020
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,930

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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#32. Lodging managers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,200
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#31. Advertising sales agents

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,230
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#30. Correctional officers and jailers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,570
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,650

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,820
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#28. Structural iron and steel workers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $66,830
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#27. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $67,350
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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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#26. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $67,610
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#25. Electricians

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $68,530
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,150

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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#24. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $68,600
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,680

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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#23. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $68,630
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $68,670
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,420

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $68,690
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,960

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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#20. Fabric and apparel patternmakers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $69,180
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,070
- Employment: 3,220
- 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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#19. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $70,730
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $70,740
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,940

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $70,840
- #231 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,750

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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#16. Firefighters

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $71,160
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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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#15. Insurance sales agents

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $76,200
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $77,150
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,540

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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#13. Real estate sales agents

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $77,520
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $79,700
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#11. Crane and tower operators

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $83,690
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 43,400
- 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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#10. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $84,920
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#9. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $87,120
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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. Transportation inspectors

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $90,710
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $93,280
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#6. Detectives and criminal investigators

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $94,680
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $103,430
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $103,550
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $105,880
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $111,470
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Rochester, NY
- Annual mean salary: $123,100
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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