Highest paying jobs in Medford for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Medford 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 Medford, 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. Community health workers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $47,580
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#49. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $47,660
- #58 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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#48. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $47,820
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#47. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $48,630
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#46. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $48,870
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,500
- Employment: 40,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,090)

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#45. Tax preparers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $48,940
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#44. Tree trimmers and pruners

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $49,390
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#43. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $49,610
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- Employment: 105,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#42. Logging equipment operators

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,260
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#41. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,370
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#40. Glaziers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $50,440
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#39. Automotive body and related repairers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,050
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#38. Food service managers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,380
- #437 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#37. Postal service mail carriers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $51,930
- #462 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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. Highway maintenance workers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,250
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#35. Chefs and head cooks

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,580
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $53,980
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#33. Machinists

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,060
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#32. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,070
- #115 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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#31. Postal service clerks

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,130
- #125 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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#30. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#29. Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,570
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#28. Sheet metal workers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,750
- #150 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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#27. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,810
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#25. Cargo and freight agents

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,730
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#24. Real estate sales agents

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $56,340
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $56,720
- #492 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $56,930
- #384 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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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#21. Industrial machinery mechanics

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,290
- #235 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#20. Insurance sales agents

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $59,530
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#19. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $59,760
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $59,800
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#17. Public safety telecommunicators

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,340
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,800
- Employment: 93,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($97,380)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,790)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($76,950)
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#16. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,720
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#15. Advertising sales agents

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $62,560
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $63,530
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#13. Construction and building inspectors

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $66,010
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#12. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $66,260
- #41 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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#11. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $66,280
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $66,500
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $69,300
- #404 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $69,590
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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. Electricians

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $70,010
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#6. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $71,270
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#5. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $73,540
- #37 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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#4. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $74,190
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $91,520
- #275 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $116,720
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Medford, OR
- Annual mean salary: $118,580
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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