Highest paying jobs in Hickory for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Hickory 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 Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 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. Sheet metal workers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $41,490
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#49. Electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers, except coil winders, tapers, and finishers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $41,950
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,750
- Employment: 283,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($57,040)
--- Lima, OH ($56,660)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($50,510)
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#48. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $42,140
- #356 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,600)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,240)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($60,930)
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#47. Carpenters

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $42,290
- #367 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#46. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $42,320
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,860
- Employment: 188,450
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($64,510)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($64,140)
--- Decatur, IL ($60,740)

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#45. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $42,370
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,730

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,790
- Employment: 1,357,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,230)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($59,870)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($56,650)
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#44. Printing press operators

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $42,510
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,200
- Employment: 160,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($56,850)
--- Dover-Durham, NH-ME ($51,730)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($50,370)
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#43. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $43,180
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,150
- Employment: 68,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Eugene, OR ($70,940)
--- Salem, OR ($68,640)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($68,520)
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#42. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $43,340
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,500
- Employment: 141,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,770)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($59,160)
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#41. Insurance sales agents

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $43,490
- #495 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#40. Automotive body and related repairers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $43,510
- #398 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,430
- Employment: 137,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($71,350)
--- Ames, IA ($68,340)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,060)
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#39. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $44,150
- #458 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($67,770)
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#38. Loan interviewers and clerks

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $44,860
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 204,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($59,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,140)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,710)
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#37. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,270
- #419 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,090
- Employment: 253,010
- 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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#36. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,320
- #202 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,330

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,300
- Employment: 1,063,110
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($57,830)
--- Boulder, CO ($56,520)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,930)

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#35. Upholsterers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,340
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,850

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,870
- Employment: 26,180
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($61,810)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($54,790)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($51,300)
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#34. Electricians

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,590
- #484 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#33. Machinists

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,800
- #281 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,800
- Employment: 360,340
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($76,230)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($71,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,300)
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#32. Motorboat mechanics and service technicians

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $46,030
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,490
- Employment: 20,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($66,390)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($59,690)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($57,930)
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#31. Advertising sales agents

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#30. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $47,100
- #420 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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. Surveying and mapping technicians

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $47,500
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- Employment: 53,370
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)
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#28. Opticians, dispensing

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $47,850
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,380
- Employment: 68,180
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,300)
--- New Haven, CT ($69,460)
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($66,670)
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#27. Fabric and apparel patternmakers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $47,880
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#26. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,900
- #391 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#25. Industrial machinery mechanics

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $49,070
- #485 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#24. Maintenance workers, machinery

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $49,880
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#23. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,800
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#22. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,280
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#21. Detectives and criminal investigators

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $52,280
- #334 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#20. Cargo and freight agents

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,110
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,170
- Employment: 96,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($80,300)
--- Yakima, WA ($68,030)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($64,030)
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#19. Food service managers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,230
- #402 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,880
- #319 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

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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#17. Postal service mail carriers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,610
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,180
- Employment: 333,570
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#16. Chefs and head cooks

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,840
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#14 (tie). Construction and building inspectors

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,100
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#14 (tie). First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,100
- #486 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,680

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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#13. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,460
- #241 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#12. Postal service clerks

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,470
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,200
- Employment: 86,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
--- Florence, SC ($59,360)
--- Monroe, MI ($59,320)
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#11. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,180
- #453 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,460
- #290 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,720
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#8. Power plant operators

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,510
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#7. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $65,280
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#6. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $65,450
- #396 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,060
- #275 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,580

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

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $68,970
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#3. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,430
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $92,480
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC
- Annual mean salary: $97,520
- #186 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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