Highest paying jobs in Salem for high school graduates

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April 25, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Salem 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 Salem, 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. Industrial machinery mechanics

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,700
- #407 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#49. Carpenters

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,730
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,530

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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#48. Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $52,840
- #28 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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#47. Tree trimmers and pruners

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $53,250
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#46. Highway maintenance workers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $53,780
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#45. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,140
- #18 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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#44. Logging equipment operators

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,250
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#42 (tie). Bus drivers, transit and intercity

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,490
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,110
- Employment: 162,850
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,940)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,310)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($67,370)
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#42 (tie). Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,490
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#41. Hearing aid specialists

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,590
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,630
- Employment: 7,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($75,130)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($73,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,300)

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $54,950
- #508 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#39. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,310
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#38. Postal service clerks

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,480
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#37. Food service managers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $55,690
- #348 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#36. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $56,880
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#35. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,420
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#34. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,590
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#33. Real estate sales agents

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $57,900
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#32. Sheet metal workers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $58,150
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#31. Lodging managers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $59,380
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#30. Public safety telecommunicators

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $59,840
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#29. Advertising sales agents

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $60,800
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#28. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,120
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#27. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $61,200
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $62,800
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $63,270
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $63,320
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

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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#23. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $66,420
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#22. Correctional officers and jailers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $66,560
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $66,800
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,080

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $67,240
- #429 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#19. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $68,640
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#18. Insurance sales agents

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $68,740
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#17. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $68,980
- #8 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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#16. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $72,790
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#15. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $73,640
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $74,080
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#13. Construction and building inspectors

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $74,120
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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. Private detectives and investigators

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $75,460
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#11. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $75,970
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#10. Electricians

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $77,090
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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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#9. Glaziers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $78,000
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#8. Transportation inspectors

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $79,160
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#7. Structural iron and steel workers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $79,960
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $82,070
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

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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#5. Commercial pilots

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $88,680
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $88,760
- #303 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $93,720
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $102,100
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Salem, OR
- Annual mean salary: $120,740
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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