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

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

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#50. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,560
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,170
- Employment: 77,420
- 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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#49. Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,680
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,790
- Employment: 218,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,830)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,120)
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($58,380)
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#48. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,740
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#47. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,790
- #235 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,010

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,340
- Employment: 1,903,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cape Girardeau, MO-IL ($62,600)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($62,290)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($61,540)
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#46. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,920
- #234 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,930
- #153 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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#44. Maintenance workers, machinery

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $49,040
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#43. Cargo and freight agents

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $49,830
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#42. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,200
- #246 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#41. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,580
- #349 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#40. Fire inspectors and investigators

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $50,710
- #77 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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#39. Brokerage clerks

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,410
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#38. Industrial machinery mechanics

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,810
- #436 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,840
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#36. Medical appliance technicians

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $52,060
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,320
- Employment: 15,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Flagstaff, AZ ($59,800)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($58,690)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,910)

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#35. Computer user support specialists

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $52,570
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 940

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. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,450
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#33. Food service managers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,900
- #388 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#32. Dental laboratory technicians

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,090
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#31. Crane and tower operators

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,330
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#30. Chefs and head cooks

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,380
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#29. Postal service mail carriers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,160
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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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#28. Postal service clerks

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,380
- #55 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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#27. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,680
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#26. Tool and die makers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,860
- #89 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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#25. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,330
- #279 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#24. Detectives and criminal investigators

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- #309 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#23. Insurance sales agents

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,040
- #309 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,290
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,260

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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#21. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,550
- #208 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#20. Advertising sales agents

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,360
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#19. Construction and building inspectors

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,860
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,660
- #158 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,010
- #433 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,750

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- #412 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,390

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,420
- #259 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,870
- #339 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,900

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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#13. Engine and other machine assemblers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $65,340
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,110
- Employment: 45,990
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Winston-Salem, NC ($65,340)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($61,320)
--- Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA ($56,340)
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#12. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,110
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,330

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $68,660
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

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. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $68,940
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#9. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $70,200
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

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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#8. Real estate sales agents

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,370
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#7. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,740
- #345 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,860
- #256 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#5. Real estate brokers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,900
- #51 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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#4. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $93,620
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $96,630
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $105,250
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $116,940
- #44 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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