Highest paying jobs in Winston-Salem for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Winston-Salem 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 Winston-Salem, 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. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,270
- #460 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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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#49. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,660
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,350

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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#48. Community health workers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,760
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,000
- Employment: 58,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,110)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,530)
--- Bend-Redmond, OR ($61,820)
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#47. Loan interviewers and clerks

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $45,950
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#46. Machinists

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $46,120
- #267 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

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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#45. Electricians

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $46,450
- #475 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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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#44. Automotive body and related repairers

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $46,470
- #272 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $46,490
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#42. Recreational vehicle service technicians

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $46,520
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,790
- Employment: 15,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($59,830)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($59,220)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($57,770)
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#41. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $47,290
- #362 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

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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#40. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $48,440
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,300
- Employment: 149,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($70,030)
--- Waco, TX ($63,080)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($57,930)
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#39. 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: $52,150
- 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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#38. 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: $45,070
- Employment: 240,740
- 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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#37. 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: $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. 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: $51,440
- 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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#35. Maintenance workers, machinery

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

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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#34. Cargo and freight agents

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

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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#33. 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: $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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#32. 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: $57,000
- 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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#31. Brokerage clerks

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

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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#30. Industrial machinery mechanics

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

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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#29. 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: $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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#28. Medical appliance technicians

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,630
- Employment: 13,710
- 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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#27. Food service managers

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

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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#26. Dental laboratory technicians

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

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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#25. Crane and tower operators

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

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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#24. Chefs and head cooks

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

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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#23. Postal service mail carriers

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

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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#22. Postal service clerks

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,380
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#21. 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: $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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#20. Detectives and criminal investigators

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

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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#19. Insurance sales agents

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

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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#18. 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: $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. Advertising sales agents

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

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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#16. Construction and building inspectors

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

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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#15. 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: $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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#14. 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: $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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#13. 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: $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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#12. 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: $47,190
- Employment: 41,510
- 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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#11. 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: $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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#10. 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: $73,100
- 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. 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: $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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#8. 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: $70,650
- 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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#7. Real estate sales agents

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

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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#6. 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: $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. 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: $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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#4. 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: $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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#3. 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: $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

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

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

Winston-Salem, NC
- Annual mean salary: $116,940
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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