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

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

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#50. Electricians

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $47,870
- #449 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,640
- #259 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#48. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,750
- #389 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#47. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,830
- #292 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,220
- Employment: 367,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($67,140)
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#46. Real estate sales agents

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,900
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#45. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,970
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,020
- Employment: 261,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,400)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,480)
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#44. Computer user support specialists

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $49,630
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,650
- Employment: 654,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($90,480)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($76,510)
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#43. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,670
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,450
- Employment: 25,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
--- Redding, CA ($72,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($71,740)
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#42. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,710
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,850
- Employment: 641,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($76,890)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,880)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,410)
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#41. Surgical technologists

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,780
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,590
- Employment: 109,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($80,170)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($77,460)

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#40. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,870
- #231 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#39. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,800
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,850
- Employment: 35,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,090)
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#38. Tool and die makers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,890
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#37. Advertising sales agents

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $52,120
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#36. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $52,820
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#35. Dental laboratory technicians

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $52,940
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,320
- Employment: 34,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($67,730)
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($59,560)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($55,140)
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#34. Postal service mail carriers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,600
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,370
- Employment: 335,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#33. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,940
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,010
- Employment: 112,130
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#32. Maintenance workers, machinery

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,310
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,570
- Employment: 57,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($70,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,980)
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#31. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,180
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#30. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,190
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,820

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,640
- #186 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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. Chefs and head cooks

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,600
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,920
- Employment: 129,810
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($79,430)
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#26 (tie). Postal service clerks

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,200
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,210
- Employment: 79,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
--- Florence, SC ($59,360)
--- Monroe, MI ($59,320)
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#26 (tie). Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,200
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,660
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#24. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,200
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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. Construction and building inspectors

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,560
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#22. Industrial machinery mechanics

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,670
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,780
- Employment: 373,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
--- Anchorage, AK ($82,890)
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#21. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,160
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#20. Insurance sales agents

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,010
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#19. Food service managers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,900
- #191 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#18. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,130
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,360
- Employment: 25,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,600)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($92,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,660)
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#17. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,770
- #401 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

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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#16. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,820
- #308 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#15. Fire inspectors and investigators

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,950
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,170
- #364 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,550

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,550
- #311 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $64,140
- #431 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#11. Detectives and criminal investigators

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $67,310
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $67,810
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#9. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $68,260
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#8. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $74,190
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#7. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $75,160
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $77,010
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#5. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $83,010
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $89,440
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $93,470
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $94,440
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Asheville, NC
- Annual mean salary: $109,440
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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