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

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

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#50. Chefs and head cooks

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $57,620
- #104 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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#49. Traffic technicians

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $58,320
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,210
- Employment: 7,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,160)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($77,500)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($76,460)
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#48. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $58,440
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#47. Firefighters

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $58,950
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,170

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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#46. Maintenance workers, machinery

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $59,370
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#45. Structural iron and steel workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $60,070
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#44. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $60,400
- #201 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,690

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $60,600
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

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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#42. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $61,200
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#41. Insulation workers, mechanical

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $61,590
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,260
- Employment: 28,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($109,380)
--- Syracuse, NY ($97,670)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,740)

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#40. Crane and tower operators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $62,350
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#39. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $62,600
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,450

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $62,920
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,490

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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#37. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $62,960
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,410

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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#36. Advertising sales agents

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $63,560
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#35. Insurance appraisers, auto damage

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $63,870
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,180
- Employment: 11,430
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($89,810)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,970)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($86,050)
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#34. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $64,680
- #285 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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#33. Lodging managers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,140
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,150
- #259 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,790

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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#31. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,240
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#30. Construction and building inspectors

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,300
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,830
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,300

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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#28. Flight attendants

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $66,080
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,280
- Employment: 96,900
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($94,320)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($72,130)
--- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL ($67,620)
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#27. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $66,160
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,450
- Employment: 25,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
--- Redding, CA ($72,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($71,740)
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#26. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $66,920
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,290

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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#25. Millwrights

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $67,650
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#24. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $68,660
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

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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#23. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $70,110
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $71,670
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,110

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $73,080
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,530

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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#20. Insurance sales agents

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $73,230
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,460

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $73,370
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,370

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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#18. Food service managers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $75,470
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,990

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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#17. Court reporters and simultaneous captioners

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $75,830
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#16. Gambling surveillance officers and gambling investigators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $75,880
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,080
- Employment: 9,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Columbus, OH ($75,880)
--- Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN ($56,500)
--- Reno, NV ($50,090)

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#15. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $76,590
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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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#14. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $76,840
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#13. Transportation inspectors

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $79,060
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#12. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $79,290
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,500
- Employment: 34,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($96,520)
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#11. Detectives and criminal investigators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $83,120
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#10. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $84,090
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $86,630
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#8. Fire inspectors and investigators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $86,660
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#7. Power plant operators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $87,860
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,740
- Employment: 28,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#6. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $88,710
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,690

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 firefighting and prevention workers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $91,750
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#4. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $96,850
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $102,290
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,620

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $137,300
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $201,290
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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