Highest paying jobs in Albany, Oregon for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Albany, Oregon 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 Albany, OR 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. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $46,750
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#49. Molding, coremaking, and casting machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $46,790
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,960
- Employment: 155,020
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($51,870)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($51,490)
--- South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($51,430)
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#48. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $47,120
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,930
- Employment: 29,880
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,260)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($65,320)
--- Joplin, MO ($65,210)
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#47. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $47,250
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,600)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,240)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($60,930)
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#46. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $47,360
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,440
- Employment: 63,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area ($55,580)
--- Roanoke, VA ($52,760)
--- Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area ($52,710)

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#45. Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $47,650
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#44. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $47,920
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#43. Carpenters

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $48,550
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#42. Structural metal fabricators and fitters

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $48,830
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,750
- Employment: 69,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($59,130)
--- Anchorage, AK ($57,900)
--- Longview, WA ($57,410)
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#41. Social and human service assistants

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $49,150
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- Employment: 399,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($56,140)
--- North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($55,360)
--- Danbury, CT ($54,870)

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#40. Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,430
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,600
- Employment: 14,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany, OR ($50,430)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($49,010)
--- Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area ($48,610)
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#39. Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,470
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,800
- Employment: 69,570
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($59,780)
--- Syracuse, NY ($51,600)
--- Albany, OR ($50,470)
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#38. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,620
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,990
- Employment: 69,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($54,200)
--- Spartanburg, SC ($51,910)
--- Albany, OR ($50,620)
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#37. Postal service mail carriers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,660
- #511 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#36. Automotive body and related repairers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,170
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#35. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,640
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#34. Logging equipment operators

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,690
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,570
- Employment: 25,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($64,000)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($62,910)
--- Longview, WA ($62,780)
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#33. Sheet metal workers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,650
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#32. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,750
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- Employment: 397,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($71,250)
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#31. Postal service clerks

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,820
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#30. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $53,360
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,990
- Employment: 138,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,570)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,900)
--- New Haven, CT ($63,790)
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#29. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $53,510
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#28. Food service managers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $53,760
- #391 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#27. Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $53,880
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,350
- Employment: 35,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($61,910)
--- Bellingham, WA ($61,210)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,760)
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#26. Tax preparers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,180
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,710
- Employment: 62,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)

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#25. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,730
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,330
- Employment: 93,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Southwest Louisiana nonmetropolitan area ($91,300)
--- Billings, MT ($88,420)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($76,050)
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#24. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,770
- #202 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#23. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,160
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#22. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,880
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#21. Machinists

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $56,410
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#20. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,450
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,750
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#18. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,800
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,420
- Employment: 22,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area ($85,480)
--- Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area ($77,330)
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
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#17. Highway maintenance workers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $58,080
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,200
- Employment: 149,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,690)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($67,370)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($67,340)
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#16. Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $58,640
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,680
- Employment: 16,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany, OR ($58,640)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($56,830)
--- Wichita, KS ($51,240)

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#15. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $60,140
- #174 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,490
- #268 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#13. Millwrights

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,790
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#12. Industrial machinery mechanics

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $62,290
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $64,350
- #335 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $64,800
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#9. Insurance sales agents

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $65,190
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#8. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $65,760
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $71,760
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $71,980
- #369 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $75,350
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#4. Electricians

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $81,210
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $84,520
- #342 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#2. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $86,750
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#1. Real estate brokers

Albany, OR
- Annual mean salary: $89,090
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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