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

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February 7, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Spartanburg that don't require a college degree

From the moment they first set foot 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, coaches—the list goes on and on. 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 non-degree 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 2020 annual mean wage. Job descriptions are from O*NET.

Keep reading to discover the highest-paying jobs in Spartanburg that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Detectives and criminal investigators

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $44,290
- #264 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,300
- Employment: 105,980
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($127,380)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($127,090)
--- Anchorage, AK ($126,530)
- Job description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.
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#49. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $44,710
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,430

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,300
- Employment: 1,063,110
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($62,180)
--- Yakima, WA ($61,710)
--- Sheboygan, WI ($61,610)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of retail sales workers in an establishment or department. Duties may include management functions, such as purchasing, budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
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#48. Sheet metal workers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $44,730
- #191 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- Employment: 128,220
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($132,900)
--- Kankakee, IL ($91,140)
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($87,030)
- Job description: Fabricate, assemble, install, and repair sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. Work may involve any of the following: setting up and operating fabricating machines to cut, bend, and straighten sheet metal; shaping metal over anvils, blocks, or forms using hammer; operating soldering and welding equipment to join sheet metal parts; or inspecting, assembling, and smoothing seams and joints of burred surfaces. Includes sheet metal duct installers who install prefabricated sheet metal ducts used for heating, air conditioning, or other purposes.
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#47. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $44,880
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,500
- Employment: 141,260
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC ($72,260)
--- New Haven, CT ($65,830)
--- Lima, OH ($65,190)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate work activities of cleaning personnel in hotels, hospitals, offices, and other establishments.
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#46. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $44,980
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,410
- Employment: 344,020
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($91,840)
--- Napa, CA ($82,650)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($76,440)
- Job description: Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

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#45. Massage therapists

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $45,600
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,350
- Employment: 85,040
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Port St. Lucie, FL ($81,640)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,530)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($72,730)
- Job description: Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.
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#44. Computer user support specialists

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $46,340
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Employment: 634,820
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($86,350)
--- Napa, CA ($78,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,670)
- Job description: Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, via telephone, or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
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#43. Crane and tower operators

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $46,400
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,010
- Employment: 44,060
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($89,250)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($84,670)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($84,410)
- Job description: Operate mechanical boom and cable or tower and cable equipment to lift and move materials, machines, or products in many directions.
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#42. Surgical technologists

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $46,550
- #165 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,510
- Employment: 107,400
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($79,230)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($74,080)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($73,460)
- Job description: Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
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#41. Procurement clerks

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $46,570
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,400
- Employment: 61,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ ($55,550)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,320)
--- East Stroudsburg, PA ($55,240)
- Job description: Compile information and records to draw up purchase orders for procurement of materials and services.

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#40. Print binding and finishing workers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $46,800
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,430
- Employment: 42,450
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS ($74,400)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($47,550)
--- Spartanburg, SC ($46,800)
- Job description: Bind books and other publications or finish printed products by hand or machine. May set up binding and finishing machines.
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#39. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $46,840
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,100
- Employment: 417,440
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,100)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($94,280)
--- Kankakee, IL ($93,420)
- Job description: Assemble, install, alter, and repair pipelines or pipe systems that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases. May install heating and cooling equipment and mechanical control systems. Includes sprinkler fitters.
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#38. Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $47,310
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,650
- Employment: 179,300
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Oshkosh-Neenah, WI ($50,080)
--- Rome, GA ($49,580)
--- Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH ($49,140)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
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#37. Construction and building inspectors

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $47,910
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,470
- Employment: 113,770
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,920)
--- Salinas, CA ($98,360)
- Job description: Inspect structures using engineering skills to determine structural soundness and compliance with specifications, building codes, and other regulations. Inspections may be general in nature or may be limited to a specific area, such as electrical systems or plumbing.
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#36. Millwrights

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $47,960
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,080
- Employment: 44,400
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elmira, NY ($94,190)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($90,570)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,090)
- Job description: Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

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#35. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $48,120
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,990
- Employment: 69,300
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($59,630)
--- Rockford, IL ($52,510)
--- Trenton, NJ ($52,160)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.
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#34. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $48,590
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,150
- Employment: 68,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($71,820)
--- Anchorage, AK ($68,510)
--- Rockford, IL ($65,040)
- Job description: Install, program, maintain, and repair security and fire alarm wiring and equipment. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes.
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#33. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $48,650
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,380

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,710
- Employment: 1,797,710
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($65,170)
--- Danville, IL ($63,230)
--- Lewiston, ID-WA ($62,250)
- Job description: Drive a tractor-trailer combination or a truck with a capacity of at least 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). May be required to unload truck. Requires commercial drivers' license. Includes tow truck drivers.
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#32. Chemical plant and system operators

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $48,770
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,460
- Employment: 29,710
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Corpus Christi, TX ($86,970)
--- Lima, OH ($84,710)
--- Charleston, WV ($76,830)
- Job description: Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.
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#31. Real estate sales agents

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $50,310
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,990
- Employment: 168,740
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($106,280)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($101,300)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($98,580)
- Job description: Rent, buy, or sell property for clients. Perform duties such as study property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale, and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.

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#30. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $52,080
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,440
- Employment: 63,730
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($58,550)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($54,410)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($53,170)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass-forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics.
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#29. Postal service mail carriers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $52,210
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,180
- Employment: 333,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bismarck, ND ($56,520)
--- Burlington, NC ($55,750)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($55,680)
- Job description: Sort and deliver mail for the United States Postal Service (USPS). Deliver mail on established route by vehicle or on foot. Includes postal service mail carriers employed by USPS contractors.
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#28. Electricians

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $52,480
- #231 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,550
- Employment: 656,510
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,680)
--- Trenton, NJ ($90,210)
--- Kankakee, IL ($88,530)
- Job description: Install, maintain, and repair electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. Ensure that work is in accordance with relevant codes. May install or service street lights, intercom systems, or electrical control systems.
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#27. Postal service clerks

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $52,880
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,200
- Employment: 86,950
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Monroe, MI ($58,120)
--- El Centro, CA ($58,000)
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($57,330)
- Job description: Perform any combination of tasks in a United States Postal Service (USPS) post office, such as receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail rack or in bags; and examine mail for correct postage. Includes postal service clerks employed by USPS contractors.
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#26. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $53,190
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- Employment: 397,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($75,080)
--- Wheeling, WV-OH ($74,970)
--- Anchorage, AK ($73,790)
- Job description: Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand-soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.

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#25. Tool and die makers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $53,680
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,520
- Employment: 61,190
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Flint, MI ($74,390)
--- New Haven, CT ($73,530)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,420)
- Job description: Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.
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#24. Self-enrichment teachers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $54,260
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,930
- Employment: 222,700
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($74,220)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($73,900)
--- Salinas, CA ($65,580)
- Job description: Teach or instruct individuals or groups for the primary purpose of self-enrichment or recreation, rather than for an occupational objective, educational attainment, competition, or fitness.
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#23. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $54,600
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,270

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,010
- Employment: 1,427,260
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($78,770)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($77,030)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($75,820)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of clerical and administrative support workers.
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#22. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $54,620
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,170
- Employment: 69,000
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($187,890)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($181,340)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($176,050)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in firefighting and fire prevention and control.
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#21. Insurance sales agents

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $55,080
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,100
- Employment: 409,950
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,540)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($105,840)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($105,190)
- Job description: Sell life, property, casualty, health, automotive, or other types of insurance. May refer clients to independent brokers, work as an independent broker, or be employed by an insurance company.

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#20. Industrial machinery mechanics

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $55,170
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,350
- Employment: 385,980
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($84,180)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($84,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,580)
- Job description: Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. May also install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to plans.
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#19. Lodging managers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $56,160
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($108,990)
--- Reno, NV ($106,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,560)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that provides lodging and other accommodations.
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#18. Maintenance workers, machinery

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $56,270
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,960
- Employment: 65,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Florence, SC ($80,250)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($78,290)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($69,070)
- Job description: Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance.
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#17. Occupational health and safety technicians

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $60,840
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,790)
--- Knoxville, TN ($77,510)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($76,950)
- Job description: Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.
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#16. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $61,080
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Employment: 147,680
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($84,460)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($81,920)
--- Bismarck, ND ($78,350)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul mobile mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, graders, and conveyors, used in construction, logging, and mining.

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#15. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $61,600
- #195 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,410
- Employment: 114,930
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($114,820)
--- Redding, CA ($112,850)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($111,810)
- Job description: Install or repair cables or wires used in electrical power or distribution systems. May erect poles and light or heavy duty transmission towers.
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#14. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $62,180
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- Employment: 614,080
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,870)
--- Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA ($103,930)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($100,620)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.
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#13. Food service managers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $62,240
- #124 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,000
- Employment: 197,010
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($97,610)
--- Trenton, NJ ($95,640)
--- Waterbury, CT ($88,100)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.
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#12. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $63,200
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,980
- Employment: 190,510
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Elmira, NY ($94,280)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($92,920)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($87,940)
- Job description: Install, set up, rearrange, or remove switching, distribution, routing, and dialing equipment used in central offices or headends. Service or repair telephone, cable television, Internet, and other communications equipment on customers' property. May install communications equipment or communications wiring in buildings.
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#11. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $64,490
- #299 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- Employment: 475,000
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($95,680)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,810)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers. May also advise customers on recommended services. Excludes team or work leaders.

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

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $64,550
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,120
- Employment: 240,290
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN ($124,150)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($122,460)
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($119,130)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail sales workers. May perform duties such as budgeting, accounting, and personnel work, in addition to supervisory duties.
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#9. Chefs and head cooks

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $66,750
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,740
- Employment: 101,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($98,210)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($90,840)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($86,460)
- Job description: Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.
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#8. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $68,030
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,710

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,500
- Employment: 1,278,670
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Danbury, CT ($112,810)
--- Napa, CA ($101,850)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($93,680)
- Job description: Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.
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#7. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $68,790
- #268 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $97,180
- Employment: 122,310
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($200,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($182,810)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($182,720)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
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#6. Choreographers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $70,940
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 3,580
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($91,380)
--- Spartanburg, SC ($70,940)
--- New Haven, CT ($68,140)
- Job description: Create new dance routines. Rehearse performance of routines. May direct and stage presentations.

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

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $72,680
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,800
- Employment: 599,900
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($101,930)
--- Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($100,590)
--- Longview, WA ($99,590)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Excludes team or work leaders.
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#4. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $73,570
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- Employment: 287,150
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($97,980)
--- Waterbury, CT ($92,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($88,750)
- Job description: Review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures. Confer with legal counsel on claims requiring litigation. May also settle insurance claims.
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#3. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $74,440
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,210
- Employment: 219,800
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($117,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($113,800)
--- Boulder, CO ($107,230)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of commercial, industrial, or residential real estate properties. Includes managers of homeowner and condominium associations, rented or leased housing units, buildings, or land (including rights-of-way).
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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $85,350
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,100
- Employment: 132,210
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($163,580)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($137,680)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($136,410)
- Job description: Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
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#1. Advertising sales agents

Spartanburg, SC
- Annual mean salary: $86,090
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,040
- Employment: 110,040
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($112,850)
--- Winston-Salem, NC ($104,930)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($92,370)
- Job description: Sell or solicit advertising space, time, or media in publications, signage, TV, radio, or Internet establishments or public spaces.

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