Highest paying jobs in Erie for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Erie 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 Erie, PA 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. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $43,230
- #373 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- Employment: 397,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($71,250)
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#49. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $43,730
- #289 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#48. Machinists

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $44,650
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

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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#47. Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $45,170
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,320
- Employment: 33,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($70,440)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($58,640)
--- Wichita, KS ($56,010)
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#46. Helpers--pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $45,250
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,990
- Employment: 55,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($52,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,200)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($49,910)

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#45. Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $45,330
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,900
- Employment: 93,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($59,920)
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($58,870)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($56,220)
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#44. Carpenters

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $45,410
- #295 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#43. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $45,490
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

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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#42. Automotive body and related repairers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $45,680
- #303 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#41. Highway maintenance workers

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $46,140
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#40. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($67,770)
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#39. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,990
- Employment: 138,820
- 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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#38. 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: $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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#37. Advertising sales agents

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

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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#36. Real estate sales agents

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

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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#35. 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: $43,480
- Employment: 13,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,480)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($53,630)
--- South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area ($50,110)
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#34. 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: $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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#33. Postal service clerks

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

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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#32. Chefs and head cooks

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

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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#31. Industrial machinery mechanics

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

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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#30. Brickmasons and blockmasons

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

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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#29. 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: $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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#28. 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: $51,440
- 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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#27. 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: $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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#26. Postal service mail carriers

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

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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#25. 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: $57,000
- 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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#24. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

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

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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#23. 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: $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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#22. Correctional officers and jailers

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

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. 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: $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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#20. Electricians

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

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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#19. 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: $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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#18. Food service managers

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

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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#17. 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: $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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#16. Millwrights

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

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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#15. Lodging managers

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

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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#14. Construction and building inspectors

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $59,480
- #201 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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#13. 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: $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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#12. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

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

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

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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#10. 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: $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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#9. Insurance sales agents

Erie, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,590
- #210 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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#8. 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: $73,100
- 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. 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: $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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#6. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- 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. 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: $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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#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: $105,100
- 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. 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: $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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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

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

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

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

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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