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

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

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $51,360
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#49. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $51,610
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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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#48. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $51,760
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#47. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,410
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,210
- Employment: 31,650
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($65,270)
--- Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($57,100)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($57,020)
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#46. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,480
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#45. Firefighters

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,520
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#44. Postal service clerks

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,780
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,960
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#42. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $53,320
- #254 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#41. Surveying and mapping technicians

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $53,590
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,810
- Employment: 56,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)

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#40. Plating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $53,660
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,580
- Employment: 32,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH ($57,520)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($56,150)
--- Reading, PA ($53,660)
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#39. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $53,990
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,170
- Employment: 77,420
- 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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#38. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,850
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#37. Postal service mail carriers

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $55,020
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#36. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $55,030
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#35. Meter readers, utilities

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $55,390
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,430
- Employment: 24,000
- 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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#34. Chefs and head cooks

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $55,600
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#33. Maintenance workers, machinery

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $55,650
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,570
- Employment: 57,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($70,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,980)
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#32. Computer user support specialists

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $56,080
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#31. Crane and tower operators

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $56,810
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 43,400
- 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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#30. Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,380
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,440
- Employment: 15,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($73,990)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($61,150)
--- Duluth, MN-WI ($58,790)
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#29. Millwrights

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,420
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#28. Tool and die makers

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,980
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#27. Industrial machinery mechanics

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $58,260
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

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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#26. Advertising sales agents

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $58,470
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#25. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $59,620
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,030
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,600

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,050
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

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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#22. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,660
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,870
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#20. Correctional officers and jailers

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,890
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#19. Food service managers

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $63,430
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#18. Construction and building inspectors

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $64,000
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#17. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $64,880
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#16. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $65,830
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $66,640
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#14. Electricians

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $66,840
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $67,130
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

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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#12. Real estate sales agents

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $68,240
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#11. Structural iron and steel workers

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $68,750
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,270
- Employment: 68,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($83,340)

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#10. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $70,880
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#9. Insurance sales agents

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $72,070
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#8. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $72,660
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $73,660
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $74,980
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,640

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $76,260
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $84,510
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $95,510
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $97,240
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Reading, PA
- Annual mean salary: $100,640
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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