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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Cleveland 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 Cleveland-Elyria, OH that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $57,450
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#49. Tapers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $58,670
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,140
- Employment: 14,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($93,010)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($87,750)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($86,880)
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#48. Sheet metal workers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $59,090
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,760
- Employment: 122,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#47. Industrial machinery mechanics

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $59,100
- #165 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,160

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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#46. Chefs and head cooks

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $59,600
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#45. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $59,650
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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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#44. Firefighters

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $59,750
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,290
- Employment: 317,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($114,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,150)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($97,470)
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#43. Electricians

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $60,460
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,540

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- Employment: 650,580
- 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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#42. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $60,940
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,310

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $61,450
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#40. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $61,710
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,430
- Employment: 55,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($95,980)
--- Decatur, IL ($92,670)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($89,340)
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#39. Advertising sales agents

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $61,960
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,820

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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#37. Chemical plant and system operators

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $62,340
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,020
- Employment: 21,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lima, OH ($92,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($91,210)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($90,170)
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#36. Food service managers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $63,440
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,670

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $63,520
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,530

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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#34. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $63,750
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,860

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,280
- Employment: 404,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($91,860)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,120)
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#33. Structural iron and steel workers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $63,760
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,270
- Employment: 68,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($83,340)
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#32. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $64,110
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,060

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- 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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#31. Lodging managers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $64,280
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,770
- Employment: 35,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)

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#30. Millwrights

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,060
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,260
- Employment: 39,240
- 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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#29. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,450
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#28. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,590
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- Employment: 33,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,420)
--- Anchorage, AK ($118,620)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($110,750)
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#27. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $66,070
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $66,600
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,690

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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#25. Construction and building inspectors

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $68,180
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $68,520
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,630

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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#23. Boilermakers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $68,570
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,070
- Employment: 12,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,660)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($96,080)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($90,620)
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#22. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $70,090
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,130

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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#21. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#20. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $71,630
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,110

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $71,700
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,820

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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#18. Court reporters and simultaneous captioners

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $71,790
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,240
- Employment: 12,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,910)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($100,060)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($99,120)
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#17. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $73,050
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,400

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. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $73,510
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#15. Insurance sales agents

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $76,440
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,790

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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#14. Fire inspectors and investigators

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $81,160
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#13. Power distributors and dispatchers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $82,250
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,520
- Employment: 9,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($131,560)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($129,570)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($123,540)
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#12. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $82,920
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $86,550
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $87,700
- #63 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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#9. Transportation inspectors

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $88,760
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#8. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $89,820
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,820
- Employment: 12,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($97,930)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($96,450)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($94,460)
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#7. Detectives and criminal investigators

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $91,290
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $91,610
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,830

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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#5. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $94,120
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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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#4. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $99,880
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,320
- Employment: 22,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,290)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($113,590)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($113,480)
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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $105,820
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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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#2. Commercial pilots

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $115,250
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#1. Athletes and sports competitors

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $210,210
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $116,930
- Employment: 12,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($212,500)
--- Cleveland-Elyria, OH ($210,210)
--- Columbus, OH ($201,290)

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