Highest paying jobs in Scranton for high school graduates

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Highest paying jobs in Scranton 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 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, 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. Bus drivers, transit and intercity

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $48,310
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $48,330
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#48. Machinists

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $48,500
- #185 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $48,640
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#46. Advertising sales agents

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $48,830
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#45. Carpenters

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,090
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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 (tie). Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,180
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,050
- Employment: 18,650
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($70,330)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($62,120)
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($57,460)
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#43 (tie). Security and fire alarm systems installers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,180
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#42. Real estate sales agents

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,310
- #258 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#41. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,750
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,070

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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#40. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $49,850
- #242 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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. Private detectives and investigators

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $51,360
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#38. Maintenance workers, machinery

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $51,940
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,960
- Employment: 65,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($77,890)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($77,690)
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)
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#37. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $52,680
- #234 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#36. Postal service mail carriers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,090
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#35. Postal service clerks

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,100
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#34. Millwrights

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,130
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#33. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,470
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,550
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#31. Lodging managers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,860
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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. Chefs and head cooks

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,900
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#29. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $54,950
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#28. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $56,390
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#27. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $56,700
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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. Industrial machinery mechanics

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $56,730
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

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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#25. Sheet metal workers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $56,800
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#24. Structural iron and steel workers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,130
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,190
- #378 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

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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#22. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,270
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#21. Construction and building inspectors

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $57,630
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $58,070
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,480

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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#19. Food service managers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $58,620
- #252 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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#18. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $59,910
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#17. Crane and tower operators

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $60,020
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#16. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $60,950
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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. Correctional officers and jailers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $61,600
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $62,720
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $63,940
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,900

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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#12. Electricians

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $66,230
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $67,950
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,320

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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#10. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $70,250
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $71,760
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

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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#8. Insurance sales agents

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $72,220
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#7. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $72,730
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $75,560
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

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. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,050
- #224 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $86,770
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#3. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $88,360
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $88,720
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#1. Detectives and criminal investigators

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA
- Annual mean salary: $90,450
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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