Highest paying jobs in Bend for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Bend 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 Bend-Redmond, 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

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $49,300
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $49,380
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#48. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $49,960
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,580
- Employment: 549,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($88,150)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($80,420)
--- Odessa, TX ($70,950)
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#47. Carpenters

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,510
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,090

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. Cargo and freight agents

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,540
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,170
- Employment: 96,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($80,300)
--- Yakima, WA ($68,030)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($64,030)

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#45. Self-enrichment teachers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,650
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,930
- Employment: 222,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($70,350)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($66,650)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($63,470)
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#44. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,660
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#43. Postal service mail carriers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,670
- #475 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#42. Sheet metal workers

Bend-Redmond, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,880
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#41. Logging equipment operators

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

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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#40. Chefs and head cooks

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

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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#39. 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: $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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#38. 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: $70,650
- 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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#37. 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: $43,490
- Employment: 156,100
- 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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#36. Postal service clerks

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

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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#35. Tree trimmers and pruners

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,040
- Employment: 52,040
- 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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#34. Lodging managers

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

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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#33. 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: $52,750
- Employment: 160,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($84,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)
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#32. Food service managers

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

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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#31. Highway maintenance workers

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

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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#30. Insurance sales agents

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

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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#29. 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: $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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#28. 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: $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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#27. 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: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- 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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#26. 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: $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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#25. 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: $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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#24. Surveying and mapping technicians

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- Employment: 53,370
- 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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#23. 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: $57,000
- 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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#22. Industrial machinery mechanics

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

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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#21. 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: $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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#19 (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: $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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#19 (tie). Community health workers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,000
- Employment: 58,670
- 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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#18. 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: $52,950
- Employment: 54,960
- 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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#17. 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: $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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#16. 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: $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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#15. Advertising sales agents

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

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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#14. Real estate sales agents

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,990
- Employment: 168,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#13. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

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

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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#12. 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: $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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#11. 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: $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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#10. 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: $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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#9. Electricians

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

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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#8. 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: $73,100
- 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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#7. Construction and building inspectors

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

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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#6. 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: $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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#5. Commercial pilots

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

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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#4. 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: $105,100
- 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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#3. Detectives and criminal investigators

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

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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#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: $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. 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: $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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