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

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

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#50. Tool and die makers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,120
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#49. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,570
- #245 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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. Real estate sales agents

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,640
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#47. Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,410
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,250
- Employment: 35,030
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($61,910)
--- Bellingham, WA ($61,210)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,760)
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#46. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,810
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,320
- Employment: 121,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,370)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($87,990)

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#45. Dental laboratory technicians

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,020
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#44. Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,100
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,060
- Employment: 48,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($92,800)
--- Napa, CA ($68,470)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($63,240)
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#43. Hearing aid specialists

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,300
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,960
- Employment: 10,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($75,130)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($73,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,300)
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#42. Postal service mail carriers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,390
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,390

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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#41. Brokerage clerks

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,320
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,710
- Employment: 39,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,310)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,330)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,970)

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#40. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,330
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#39. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,490
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,450
- Employment: 106,170
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Billings, MT ($88,420)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($76,050)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($71,340)
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#38. Postal service clerks

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,160
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#37. Chefs and head cooks

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,500
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#36. Industrial machinery mechanics

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,680
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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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#35. Computer user support specialists

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,860
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,800

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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#34. Cargo and freight agents

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,400
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,420
- Employment: 85,750
- 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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#33. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,520
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,800
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 940

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,540
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,210

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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#30. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,790
- #116 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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#29. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,230
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,520

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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#28. Crane and tower operators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,880
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#27. Food service managers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,970
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

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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#26. Construction and building inspectors

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $64,350
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,100

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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#25. Advertising sales agents

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,190
- #35 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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#24. Fire inspectors and investigators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,280
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,390
- #233 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#22. Insurance sales agents

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,660
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,490

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $68,390
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,730

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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#20. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,060
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,720
- #101 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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#18. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,900
- #279 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#17. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $70,010
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#16. Private detectives and investigators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $70,130
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $70,490
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,760
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,370

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,330
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,020

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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#12. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,400
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,540
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,620

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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#10. Detectives and criminal investigators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $73,710
- #212 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $79,530
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,300

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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#8. Transportation inspectors

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $82,470
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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. Real estate brokers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $84,010
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,490
- Employment: 48,460
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)
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#6. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $90,160
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $99,200
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#4. Nuclear power reactor operators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $108,100
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $111,220
- Employment: 4,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($111,440)
--- Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC ($110,750)
--- Raleigh, NC ($108,100)
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#3. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $108,110
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,850

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $110,030
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $121,720
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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