Highest paying jobs in Portland, Oregon for high school graduates

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April 25, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Portland, 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 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 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. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $64,730
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,250
- Employment: 15,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($78,200)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($69,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,320)
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#49. Advertising sales agents

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $65,010
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#48. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $65,620
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $65,630
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,880

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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#46. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $66,670
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,170

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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#44 (tie). First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $66,830
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,320

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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#44 (tie). Millwrights

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $66,830
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#43. Public safety telecommunicators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $66,930
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#42. Flight attendants

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $66,950
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,150
- Employment: 116,260
- 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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#41. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $67,490
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,150
- Employment: 68,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Eugene, OR ($70,940)
--- Salem, OR ($68,640)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($68,520)

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#40. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $67,530
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,400

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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#39. Occupational health and safety technicians

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $67,800
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)
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#38. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $69,190
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $69,990
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,520

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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#36. Sheet metal workers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $70,850
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,320

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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#35. Crane and tower operators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $71,400
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,010
- Employment: 44,060
- 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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#34. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $71,700
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#33. Correctional officers and jailers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $72,270
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,920

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 405,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($96,580)
--- Salinas, CA ($89,100)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,260)
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#32. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $74,040
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- 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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#31. Insurance sales agents

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $74,270
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,080

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $74,300
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,420

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $74,830
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,340

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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#28. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $75,290
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,810
- Employment: 5,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($104,810)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($101,650)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($101,610)
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#27. Structural iron and steel workers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $76,930
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,650
- Employment: 71,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($84,570)
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#26. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $77,170
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,930

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $77,680
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,120

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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#24. Pile driver operators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $78,120
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,880
- Employment: 3,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,620)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($106,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($104,880)
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#23. Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $78,180
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,400
- Employment: 44,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,510)
--- Nevada nonmetropolitan area ($81,690)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($78,180)
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#22. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $78,550
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $78,850
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,610
- Employment: 40,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($101,900)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)

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#20. Private detectives and investigators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $78,860
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,100
- Employment: 32,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#19. Construction and building inspectors

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $79,870
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $80,820
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,490

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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#17. Fallers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $82,250
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,520
- Employment: 4,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Redding, CA ($91,830)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($88,620)
--- North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($87,800)
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#16. Electricians

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $83,310
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,930

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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#15. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $83,880
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- 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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#14. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $84,860
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,870

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

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $86,860
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,100

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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#12. Commercial pilots

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $87,570
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#11. Riggers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $89,080
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,020
- Employment: 21,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($89,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,310)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($73,160)

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#10. Insulation workers, mechanical

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $89,330
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,470
- Employment: 27,700
- 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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#9. Transportation inspectors

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $92,870
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,320
- Employment: 27,360
- 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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#8. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $96,700
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#7. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $99,010
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,290)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($113,590)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($113,480)
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#6. Power plant operators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $99,720
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)

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#5. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $100,380
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

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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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $101,120
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#3. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $105,640
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,600
- Employment: 53,420
- 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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $121,960
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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. Power distributors and dispatchers

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
- Annual mean salary: $129,570
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $93,260
- Employment: 9,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($131,560)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($129,570)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($123,540)

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