Highest paying jobs in Raleigh for high school graduates

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April 25, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Raleigh 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 Raleigh, 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. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,320
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

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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#49. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,330
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- Employment: 105,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#48. Meter readers, utilities

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,560
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,160
- Employment: 26,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($74,040)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,530)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($67,510)
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#47. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,690
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,250
- Employment: 15,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($78,200)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($69,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,320)
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#46. Millwrights

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,770
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,080
- Employment: 44,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,580)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($80,780)

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#45. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,230
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,360

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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#44. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,470
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $52,210
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,120

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- 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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#42. 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: $57,000
- 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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#41. Real estate sales agents

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

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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#40. 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: $45,350
- Employment: 35,720
- 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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#39. 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: $51,890
- Employment: 119,380
- 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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#38. Dental laboratory technicians

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,230
- Employment: 30,800
- 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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#37. 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: $46,850
- Employment: 47,930
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($92,800)
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($83,130)
--- Napa, CA ($68,470)
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#36. Hearing aid specialists

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,630
- Employment: 7,770
- 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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#35. Postal service mail carriers

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

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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#34. Brokerage clerks

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,460
- Employment: 44,720
- 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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#33. 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: $54,420
- Employment: 22,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area ($85,480)
--- Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area ($77,330)
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
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#32. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,330
- Employment: 93,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area ($91,300)
--- Billings, MT ($88,420)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($76,050)
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#31. Postal service clerks

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

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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#30. Chefs and head cooks

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

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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#29. Industrial machinery mechanics

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

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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#28. Cargo and freight agents

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

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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#27. 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: $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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#26. 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: $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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#25. 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: $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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#24. Crane and tower operators

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

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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#23. Food service managers

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

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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#22. Construction and building inspectors

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

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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#21. Advertising sales agents

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,190
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#20. Insurance sales agents

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

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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#19. 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: $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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#18. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- 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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#17. 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: $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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#16. 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: $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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#15. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

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

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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#14. Private detectives and investigators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,100
- Employment: 32,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#13. 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: $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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#12. 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: $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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#11. 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: $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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#10. 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: $73,100
- 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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#9. Detectives and criminal investigators

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

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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#8. 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: $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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#7. Transportation inspectors

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

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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#6. Real estate brokers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- 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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#5. 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: $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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#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: $104,470
- Employment: 5,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($121,770)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($111,440)
--- Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC ($110,750)
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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: $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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#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: $105,100
- 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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#1. Commercial pilots

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

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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