Highest paying jobs in Cleveland for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Cleveland 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 Cleveland-Elyria, OH 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. Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $54,270
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,670
- Employment: 6,080
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($77,060)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($59,390)
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($58,460)
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#49. Meter readers, utilities

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $54,410
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#48. Glaziers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $54,800
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,970
- Employment: 52,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($78,840)
--- Salem, OR ($78,000)
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($76,680)
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#47. Carpenters

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $54,940
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,500

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- Employment: 699,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($81,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,280)
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#46. Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $55,130
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,400
- Employment: 44,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,510)
--- Nevada nonmetropolitan area ($81,690)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($78,180)

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#45. Postal service mail carriers

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $55,180
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,430

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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#44. Occupational health and safety technicians

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $55,620
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)
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#43. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $55,930
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#42. Maintenance workers, machinery

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $55,950
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#41. Postal service clerks

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $56,240
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#40. Umpires, referees, and other sports officials

Cleveland-Elyria, OH
- Annual mean salary: $56,340
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,140
- Employment: 16,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($73,600)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($63,500)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($62,260)
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#39. Sheet metal workers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- Employment: 128,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#38. Industrial machinery mechanics

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

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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#37. Chefs and head cooks

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

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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#36. 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: $57,000
- 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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#35. Electricians

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

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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#34. 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: $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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#33. Brickmasons and blockmasons

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- 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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#32. Advertising sales agents

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

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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#31. 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: $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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#30. 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: $65,460
- Employment: 29,710
- 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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#29. Food service managers

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

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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#28. 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: $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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#27. 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: $55,280
- Employment: 402,870
- 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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#26. 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: $58,650
- Employment: 71,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($84,570)

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#25. 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: $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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#24. Lodging managers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($122,290)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
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#23. Millwrights

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

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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#22. 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: $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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#21. 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: $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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#20. 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: $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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#19. Construction and building inspectors

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

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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#18. 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: $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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#17. Boilermakers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,430
- Employment: 14,020
- 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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#16. 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: $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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#15. 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: $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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#14. 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: $70,650
- 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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#13. 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: $73,100
- 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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#12. 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: $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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#11. Insurance sales agents

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,100
- 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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#10. Power distributors and dispatchers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $93,260
- Employment: 9,940
- 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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#9. 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: $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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#8. Transportation inspectors

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

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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#7. Postmasters and mail superintendents

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- 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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#6. Detectives and criminal investigators

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

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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#5. 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: $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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#4. 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: $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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#3. 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: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- 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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#2. 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: $105,100
- 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

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

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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