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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Austin that don't require a college degree

From the moment they arrive on campus, today’s high school students are inundated with messages about the importance of receiving a college education. They hear it from their guidance counselors, teachers, parents, family members, neighbors, and coaches. While graduation from a four-year college can certainly work wonders for students’ future careers, it’s not necessary for all fields — something admissions officers and guidance counselors sometimes fail to mention.

To find the highest paying jobs that don’t require a college degree, Stacker consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to compile a list of all jobs that don’t require higher education. All professions that listed a high school diploma, some college education (without a degree conferred), postsecondary nondegree award, or no formal education requirements for entry-level positions were considered. Jobs that didn’t list any entry-level education requirement were excluded, as were job titles that grouped several positions together. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to discover the highest paying jobs in Austin-Round Rock, TX that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Electricians

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $54,460
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,340

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- Employment: 650,580
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,090)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($86,600)
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#49. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $54,890
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,510
- Employment: 29,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($99,740)
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#48. Surgical technologists

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,590
- Employment: 109,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($80,170)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($77,460)
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#47. Postal service mail carriers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $55,460
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,850

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,370
- Employment: 335,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#46. Bailiffs

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $55,570
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 16,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN ($69,600)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,050)
--- Glens Falls, NY ($66,980)

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#45. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $55,580
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,280
- Employment: 145,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($86,740)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($82,520)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,470)
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#44. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $55,770
- #239 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,490

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)
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#43. Computer user support specialists

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $56,030
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,120

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,650
- Employment: 654,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($90,480)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($76,510)
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#42. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $56,780
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,390
- Employment: 51,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,460)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($73,070)
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#41. Industrial machinery mechanics

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $56,830
- #258 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,520

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,780
- Employment: 373,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
--- Anchorage, AK ($82,890)

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#40. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $57,860
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,360
- Employment: 25,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,600)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($92,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,660)
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#39. Private detectives and investigators

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $57,910
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,970
- Employment: 28,860
- 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. Firefighters

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,650
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,350

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,290
- Employment: 317,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($114,210)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,150)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($97,470)
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#37. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,870
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,230
- Employment: 50,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($87,890)
--- Fresno, CA ($86,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,640)
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#36. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,880
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,080

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- Employment: 101,530
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,680)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($90,370)
--- Salinas, CA ($88,050)

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#35. Brokerage clerks

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $59,810
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,710
- Employment: 39,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,310)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,330)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,970)
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#34. Advertising sales agents

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $60,270
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,540
- Employment: 96,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($97,840)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($83,050)
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#33. Transportation inspectors

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $60,560
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,620
- Employment: 25,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($112,260)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($111,930)
--- Anchorage, AK ($108,140)
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#32. Crane and tower operators

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $62,680
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 43,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($131,160)
--- Syracuse, NY ($103,350)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($99,990)
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#31. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $63,010
- #219 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,200

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,110
- Employment: 1,026,390
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,810)
--- Boulder, CO ($101,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($97,360)

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

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $63,090
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,330
- Employment: 629,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($90,410)
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#29. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $63,640
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,710

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,870
- Employment: 466,910
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,590)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,760)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($87,420)
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#28. Real estate sales agents

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $64,240
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,930

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,480
- Employment: 175,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#27. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $64,500
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,910

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,960
- Employment: 278,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,800)
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#26. Tax preparers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $64,840
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,080
- Employment: 83,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)

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#25. Insurance sales agents

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $65,160
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,740

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,340
- Employment: 422,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,470)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($95,620)
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#24. Food service managers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $65,230
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,520

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,970
- Employment: 210,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($91,320)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($89,860)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,750)
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#23. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $67,760
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,490

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,380
- Employment: 1,443,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,050)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,430)
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#22. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $69,080
- #183 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,840

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,390
- Employment: 1,242,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,280)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($92,660)
--- Napa, CA ($92,620)
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#21. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $69,240
- #231 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,380

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,060
- Employment: 665,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($112,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($101,210)

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

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $69,330
- #271 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,590
- Employment: 526,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,830)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,030)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,870)
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#19. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $69,510
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,470
- Employment: 125,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,470)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($86,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,860)
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#18. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $69,890
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 930

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,060
- Employment: 123,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
--- Salinas, CA ($110,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,490)
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#17. Sound engineering technicians

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $69,910
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,360
- Employment: 10,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,070)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($84,930)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($84,620)
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#16. Power plant operators

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $70,870
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,740
- Employment: 28,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)

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#15. Fire inspectors and investigators

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $72,470
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,680
- Employment: 14,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dayton, OH ($116,740)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($112,040)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($107,220)
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#14. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $72,660
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,720

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,030
- Employment: 234,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($103,610)
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#13. Detectives and criminal investigators

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $72,990
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,580

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,370
- Employment: 107,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($132,210)
--- Anchorage, AK ($127,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($123,460)
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#12. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $75,180
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,750
- Employment: 54,470
- 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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#11. Court reporters and simultaneous captioners

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $76,240
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,240
- Employment: 12,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,910)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($100,060)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($99,120)

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#10. Lodging managers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $78,910
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,770
- Employment: 35,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
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#9. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $84,450
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,800

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,320
- Employment: 243,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($129,860)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($121,360)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($121,250)
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#8. Construction and building inspectors

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $86,950
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,480
- Employment: 117,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($121,510)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,190)
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#7. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $88,230
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,270
- Employment: 80,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($171,060)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($135,860)
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#6. Airfield operations specialists

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $88,510
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,360
- Employment: 12,610
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($88,510)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($80,230)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,230)

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#5. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $88,660
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,640
- Employment: 22,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,210)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($118,510)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($114,280)
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#4. Power distributors and dispatchers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $91,290
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,520
- Employment: 9,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($131,560)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($129,570)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($123,540)
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#3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $102,420
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,760
- Employment: 128,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($182,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($170,740)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($164,600)
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#2. Commercial pilots

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $106,980
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,080
- Employment: 42,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($185,920)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($184,260)
--- Savannah, GA ($177,450)
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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $112,220
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,580
- Employment: 144,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($159,890)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($154,170)
--- Trenton, NJ ($144,620)

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