Highest paying jobs in Pittsburgh for high school graduates

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,750
- #217 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,150

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. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,760
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#48. Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,780
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,920
- Employment: 15,760
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Georgia nonmetropolitan area ($61,690)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($58,630)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($58,100)
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#47. Crane and tower operators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,960
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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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#46. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $58,270
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#45. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $59,120
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,010

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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#44. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $59,940
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

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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#43. Meter readers, utilities

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $60,000
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,160
- Employment: 26,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($74,040)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,530)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($67,510)
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#42. Advertising sales agents

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $60,950
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $61,830
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,970

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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#39 (tie). Food service managers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $61,990
- #161 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,810

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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#39 (tie). Construction and building inspectors

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $61,990
- #150 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

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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#38. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,080
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,620
- Employment: 10,020
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($79,660)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($72,800)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($71,910)
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#37. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,290
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,220

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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#36. Correctional officers and jailers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,350
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

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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#35. Glaziers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,560
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#34. Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $63,110
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,770
- Employment: 3,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($92,260)
--- Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area ($80,820)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($79,570)
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#33. Structural iron and steel workers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $64,040
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#32. Insurance sales agents

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $64,670
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,560

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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#31. Millwrights

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $64,900
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#30. Real estate sales agents

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $65,150
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,120

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $65,400
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,830

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. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $65,870
- #262 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,970

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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#27. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $66,000
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,870

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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#26. Insulation workers, mechanical

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $66,150
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $66,420
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#24. Electricians

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $68,110
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,970

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $68,280
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,180

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. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $69,030
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#21. Sheet metal workers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $69,730
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

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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#20. Occupational health and safety technicians

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $70,770
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $71,510
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,370

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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#18. Pile driver operators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $71,670
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $73,390
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,910

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $73,580
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,770

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $73,720
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#14. Gas plant operators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $74,210
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,290
- Employment: 14,990
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($98,750)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($97,080)
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#13. Transportation inspectors

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $76,150
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $76,800
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,130

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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#11. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $81,550
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

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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#10. Power distributors and dispatchers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $83,120
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#9. Power plant operators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $83,770
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#8. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,500
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#7. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $91,120
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#6. Real estate brokers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $92,410
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)

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

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $92,560
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,120

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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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $93,300
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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 police and detectives

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $99,420
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#2. Commercial pilots

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $100,760
- #103 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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Pittsburgh, PA
- Annual mean salary: $108,490
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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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