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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Erie 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 Erie, PA that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $46,780
- #383 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,220
- Employment: 367,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($67,140)
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#49. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $47,470
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,570
- Employment: 151,340
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,570)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,900)
--- New Haven, CT ($63,790)
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#48. Massage therapists

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $47,550
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#47. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $47,810
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

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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#46. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $48,170
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#45. Advertising sales agents

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $48,730
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#44. Roofers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $48,960
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,890
- Employment: 129,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($81,450)
--- Anchorage, AK ($74,990)
--- Danbury, CT ($73,020)
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#43. Real estate sales agents

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,590
- #257 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#42. Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,610
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,410
- Employment: 11,500
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,480)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($53,630)
--- Erie, PA ($49,610)
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#41. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,910
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $50,230
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#39. Postal service clerks

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $50,420
- #373 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#38. Chefs and head cooks

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $51,190
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#37. Industrial machinery mechanics

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $51,260
- #458 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#36. Tool and die makers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $51,410
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,150
- Employment: 63,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,920)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($72,510)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($71,910)

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#35. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,590
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,430
- Employment: 55,950
- 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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#34. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,620
- #460 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,900
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,010
- Employment: 112,130
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#32. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,960
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,360
- Employment: 25,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,600)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($92,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,660)
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#31. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $53,110
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#30. Postal service mail carriers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $53,130
- #349 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,370
- Employment: 335,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#29. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $53,790
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#28. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $53,900
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- Employment: 101,530
- 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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#27. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,500
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,230
- Employment: 50,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($87,890)
--- Fresno, CA ($86,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,640)
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#26. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,590
- #350 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#25. Correctional officers and jailers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $55,150
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,420
- Employment: 392,600
- 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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#24. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $55,580
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#23. Electricians

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $55,630
- #279 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $56,350
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,120

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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#21. Food service managers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,290
- #290 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $58,080
- #463 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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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#19. Millwrights

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $58,750
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,260
- Employment: 39,240
- 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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#18. Lodging managers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $59,160
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#17. Construction and building inspectors

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $59,480
- #201 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $60,320
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,310
- Employment: 44,870
- 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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#15. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $60,500
- #178 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. Sheet metal workers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $60,920
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,760
- Employment: 122,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#13. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,140
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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. Insurance sales agents

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,590
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#11. Firefighters

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,880
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $64,950
- #410 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $65,750
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

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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#8. Computer user support specialists

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $68,170
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#7. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $68,400
- #207 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#6. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $68,660
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,350
- Employment: 172,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($88,140)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($84,690)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,570)

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $70,930
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#4. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $85,070
- #333 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,100
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $92,980
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $93,250
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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