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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Bend 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 Bend-Redmond, OR that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Logging equipment operators

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,940
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,960
- Employment: 25,510
- 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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#49. Chefs and head cooks

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,170
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#48. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,400
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,020
- Employment: 261,420
- 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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#47. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,490
- #370 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#46. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,680
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,870
- Employment: 150,170
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,520)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($62,040)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($60,730)

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#45. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,690
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 126,050
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,470)
--- Napa, CA ($60,830)
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#44. Postal service clerks

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,730
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,210
- Employment: 79,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
--- Florence, SC ($59,360)
--- Monroe, MI ($59,320)
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#43. Tree trimmers and pruners

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,820
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,450
- Employment: 41,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($66,120)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,000)
--- Anchorage, AK ($64,280)
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#42. Lodging managers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,920
- #186 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#41. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $53,160
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,540
- Employment: 155,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($72,760)

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#40. Food service managers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,260
- #378 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#39. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,840
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,690
- Employment: 356,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,020)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($76,750)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($71,710)
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#38. Highway maintenance workers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,170
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,340
- Employment: 141,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,690)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($67,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,550)
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#37. Insurance sales agents

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,260
- #340 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#36. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,330
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,850
- Employment: 641,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($76,890)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,880)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,410)

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#35. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,870
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,390
- Employment: 28,620
- 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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#34. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $56,060
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,320
- Employment: 121,150
- 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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#33. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $56,420
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,270
- Employment: 116,380
- 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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#32. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,460
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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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#31. Computer user support specialists

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,510
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,650
- Employment: 654,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($90,480)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($76,510)

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

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,640
- #474 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#29. Surveying and mapping technicians

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $58,110
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,810
- Employment: 56,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)
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#28. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $59,490
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#27. Industrial machinery mechanics

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $60,950
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#26. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,240
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#24 (tie). Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,820
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#24 (tie). Community health workers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,820
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,780
- Employment: 61,010
- 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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#23. Firefighters

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,990
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#22. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $62,930
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,390
- Employment: 51,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,460)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($73,070)
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#21. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $64,020
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $64,660
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#19. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $65,140
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#18. Surgical technologists

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $65,730
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,590
- Employment: 109,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($80,170)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($77,460)
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#17. Advertising sales agents

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $66,270
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#16. Real estate sales agents

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $67,800
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,480
- Employment: 175,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)

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#15. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $68,270
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#14. Massage therapists

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $69,930
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,260
- Employment: 81,030
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($96,260)
--- Kalamazoo-Portage, MI ($74,980)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($74,850)
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#13. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $71,350
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $72,130
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $72,370
- #363 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#10. Electricians

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $73,440
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#8. Construction and building inspectors

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $78,090
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#7. Real estate brokers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $78,250
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,490
- Employment: 48,460
- 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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#6. Commercial pilots

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $78,720
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#5. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $82,130
- #373 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $90,430
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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U.S. Air Force

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

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $93,410
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#2. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $102,630
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $114,760
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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