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

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July 30, 2021
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Highest-paying jobs in Dothan 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 Dothan that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Correctional officers and jailers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $34,840
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 405,870
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($85,850)
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($84,790)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,050)
- Job description: Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.
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#49. Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $35,020
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,550
- Employment: 134,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL ($55,920)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,530)
--- Boulder, CO ($50,150)
- Job description: Plan and erect commercial displays, such as those in windows and interiors of retail stores and at trade exhibitions.
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#48. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $35,040
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($64,470)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($63,300)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($62,600)
- Job description: Compile and record employee time and payroll data. May compute employees' time worked, production, and commission. May compute and post wages and deductions, or prepare paychecks.
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#47. Sheet metal workers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $35,050
- #258 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#46. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $35,710
- #387 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,090
- Employment: 676,440
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,950)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($74,820)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($74,520)
- Job description: Care for ill, injured, or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
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#45. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $36,010
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,310

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,420
- Employment: 1,850,360
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($56,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,480)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,930)
- Job description: Perform routine administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.
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#44. Surgical technologists

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $36,130
- #262 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#43. Firefighters

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $36,230
- #262 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,360
- Employment: 311,350
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($125,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,480)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($105,670)
- Job description: Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.
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#42. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $36,770
- #327 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,100
- Employment: 1,443,940
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,700)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($55,720)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($55,720)
- Job description: Compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.
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#41. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $37,150
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,750
- Employment: 160,950
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,350)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($76,220)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($73,740)
- Job description: Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.
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#40. First-line supervisors of personal service and entertainment and recreation workers, except gambling services

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $37,230
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,820
- Employment: 174,860
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL ($61,470)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($59,540)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,030)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of entertainment and recreation related workers.
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#39. Dental laboratory technicians

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $37,700
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,230
- Employment: 30,800
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($68,750)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($66,610)
--- Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC ($63,030)
- Job description: Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.
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#38. Automotive body and related repairers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $37,980
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,430
- Employment: 137,120
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($81,730)
--- Midland, TX ($76,760)
--- Raleigh, NC ($75,460)
- Job description: Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
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#37. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $38,490
- #368 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#36. Parts salespersons

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $39,610
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,350
- Employment: 253,870
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($51,930)
--- Grand Junction, CO ($51,430)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($49,850)
- Job description: Sell spare and replacement parts and equipment in repair shop or parts store.
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#35. Meter readers, utilities

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $39,690
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,160
- Employment: 26,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($84,560)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($76,260)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($71,420)
- Job description: Read meter and record consumption of electricity, gas, water, or steam.
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#34. Advertising sales agents

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $39,800
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $40,150
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,400
- Employment: 50,660
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($95,240)
--- Madison, WI ($90,020)
--- Salinas, CA ($87,650)
- Job description: Install, repair, and maintain mechanical regulating and controlling devices, such as electric meters, gas regulators, thermostats, safety and flow valves, and other mechanical governors.
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#32. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $40,530
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,860
- Employment: 188,450
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($64,710)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($60,510)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($58,920)
- Job description: Schedule and dispatch workers, work crews, equipment, or service vehicles for conveyance of materials, freight, or passengers, or for normal installation, service, or emergency repairs rendered outside the place of business. Duties may include using radio, telephone, or computer to transmit assignments and compiling statistics and reports on work progress.
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#31. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $40,910
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#30. Farm equipment mechanics and service technicians

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $41,030
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,350
- Employment: 35,720
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Las Cruces, NM ($72,390)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($65,240)
--- Fargo, ND-MN ($63,400)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul farm machinery and vehicles, such as tractors, harvesters, dairy equipment, and irrigation systems.
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#29. Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $42,190
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,790
- Employment: 91,930
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($80,010)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($63,680)
--- Wichita Falls, TX ($59,520)
- Job description: Repair, maintain, or install computers, word processing systems, automated teller machines, and electronic office machines, such as duplicating and fax machines.
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#28. Millwrights

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $42,260
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#27. Industrial machinery mechanics

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $42,370
- #373 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $43,180
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#25. Automotive service technicians and mechanics

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $43,230
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,760
- Employment: 620,110
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($66,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($64,630)
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($64,420)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul automotive vehicles.
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#24. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $43,560
- #266 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#23. Painters, construction and maintenance

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $44,100
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,460
- Employment: 217,880
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,360)
--- Salinas, CA ($64,630)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($63,070)
- Job description: Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.
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#22. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $44,530
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,890
- Employment: 119,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($99,130)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($89,730)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,080)
- Job description: Operate or control an entire process or system of machines, often through the use of control boards, to transfer or treat water or wastewater.
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#21. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $45,850
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,990
- Employment: 138,820
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($81,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($69,580)
--- Napa, CA ($66,690)
- Job description: Determine eligibility of persons applying to receive assistance from government programs and agency resources, such as welfare, unemployment benefits, social security, and public housing.
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#20. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $46,060
- #302 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#19. Computer user support specialists

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $46,270
- #297 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#18. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $46,430
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,610

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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#17. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $46,860
- #252 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,090
- Employment: 253,010
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,320)
--- New Bedford, MA ($75,110)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,460)
- Job description: Diagnose, adjust, repair, or overhaul buses and trucks, or maintain and repair any type of diesel engines. Includes mechanics working primarily with automobile or marine diesel engines.
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#16. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $49,390
- #330 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,490
- Employment: 977,070
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($115,620)
--- Lawrence, KS ($97,910)
--- Boulder, CO ($94,870)
- Job description: Sell services to individuals or businesses. May describe options or resolve client problems.
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#15. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $49,470
- #356 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#14. Electricians

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $49,890
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#13. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $50,440
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($69,410)
--- Pine Bluff, AR ($68,850)
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($66,920)
- Job description: Coordinate and expedite the flow of work and materials within or between departments of an establishment according to production schedule. Duties include reviewing and distributing production, work, and shipment schedules; conferring with department supervisors to determine progress of work and completion dates; and compiling reports on progress of work, inventory levels, costs, and production problems.
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#12. Postal service clerks

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $50,760
- #221 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#11. Postal service mail carriers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $51,340
- #348 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $51,550
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $52,220
- #364 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

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

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $58,260
- #337 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $63,550
- #321 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#6. Insurance sales agents

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $64,320
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#5. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $66,730
- #160 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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#4. Food service managers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $71,060
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $71,850
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $78,950
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Dothan, AL
- Annual mean salary: $96,580
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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