Highest paying jobs in Austin for high school graduates

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April 25, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Austin for high school graduates

The average college graduate in 2020 earned $1,305 a week, while the average high school graduate takes home just $781, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of course, college isn’t for everyone. There are many reasons high-school graduates may choose to not continue on to college, not the least of which being cost. Average tuition costs continue to rise each year, the exception being the 2020-2021 school year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Average tuition at a public, in-state university coming in at $9,687; tuition for out-of-state students at public schools, and for everyone at private universities, is significantly higher at $21,874 and $35,087, respectively.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest paying jobs for high school graduates in Austin-Round Rock, TX using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to see which jobs in your city pay the most for high school graduates.

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#50. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $51,180
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,600)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,240)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($60,930)
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#49. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $51,230
- #185 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,310

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,090
- Employment: 253,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,400)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,480)
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#48. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $51,470
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- Employment: 105,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#47. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $52,100
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Madera, CA ($76,040)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,800)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($73,360)
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#46. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $52,240
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,090

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,750
- Employment: 160,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($84,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)

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#45. Sheet metal workers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $52,570
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,170

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- Employment: 128,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#44. Postal service clerks

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $52,830
- #219 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,200
- Employment: 86,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
--- Florence, SC ($59,360)
--- Monroe, MI ($59,320)
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#43. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $53,240
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,420
- Employment: 22,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area ($85,480)
--- Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area ($77,330)
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
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#42. Medical appliance technicians

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $53,340
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,630
- Employment: 13,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Flagstaff, AZ ($59,800)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($58,690)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,910)
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#41. Millwrights

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $53,350
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,080
- Employment: 44,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,580)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($80,780)

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#40. Automotive body and related repairers

Austin-Round Rock, TX
- Annual mean salary: $53,780
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,430
- Employment: 137,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($71,350)
--- Ames, IA ($68,340)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,060)
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#39. Electricians

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,550
- Employment: 656,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,090)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($86,600)
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#38. 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: $68,170
- Employment: 29,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($101,630)
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#37. 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: $53,180
- Employment: 333,570
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#36. Bailiffs

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,730
- Employment: 18,120
- 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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#35. 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: $57,000
- Employment: 147,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($86,740)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($82,520)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,470)
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#34. 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: $61,100
- Employment: 417,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)
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#33. 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: $52,950
- Employment: 54,960
- 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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#32. 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: $57,350
- Employment: 385,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
--- Anchorage, AK ($82,890)
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#31. 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: $60,100
- Employment: 32,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)

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#30. 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: $61,860
- Employment: 122,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,680)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($90,370)
--- Salinas, CA ($88,050)
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#29. Brokerage clerks

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,460
- Employment: 44,720
- 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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#28. Advertising sales agents

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,040
- Employment: 110,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($97,840)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($83,050)
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#27. Transportation inspectors

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,320
- Employment: 27,360
- 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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#26. 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: $64,010
- Employment: 44,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($131,160)
--- Syracuse, NY ($103,350)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($99,990)

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#25. 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: $70,490
- Employment: 977,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,810)
--- Boulder, CO ($101,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($97,360)
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#24. 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: $66,800
- Employment: 599,900
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($96,900)
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#23. 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: $65,230
- Employment: 503,390
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,590)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,760)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($87,420)
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#22. 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: $62,990
- Employment: 168,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, TX ($100,060)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)
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#21. 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: $70,650
- Employment: 287,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area ($92,500)

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#20. Tax preparers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,710
- Employment: 62,600
- 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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#19. 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: $69,100
- Employment: 409,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,470)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($95,620)
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#18. 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: $61,000
- Employment: 197,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($91,320)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($89,860)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,750)
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#17. 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: $62,010
- Employment: 1,427,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,050)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,520)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,430)
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#16. 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: $73,500
- Employment: 1,278,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,280)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($92,660)
--- Napa, CA ($92,620)

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#15. 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: $72,990
- Employment: 614,080
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($112,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($101,210)
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#14. 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: $73,100
- Employment: 475,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,830)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,030)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,870)
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#13. 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: $74,410
- Employment: 114,930
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
--- Salinas, CA ($110,180)
--- North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($109,740)
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#12. Power plant operators

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#11. 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: $73,210
- Employment: 219,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
--- Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area ($105,220)

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#10. 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: $89,300
- Employment: 105,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($132,210)
--- Anchorage, AK ($127,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($123,460)
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#9. 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: $67,600
- Employment: 53,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($114,400)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($113,220)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($112,950)
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#8. Lodging managers

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($122,290)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
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#7. 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: $90,120
- Employment: 240,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($129,860)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($121,360)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($121,250)
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#6. 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: $66,470
- Employment: 113,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($121,510)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,190)

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#5. Airfield operations specialists

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,360
- Employment: 10,590
- 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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#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: $93,260
- Employment: 9,940
- 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: $97,180
- Employment: 122,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($182,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($170,740)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($164,600)
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#2. Commercial pilots

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

National
- Annual mean salary: $110,830
- Employment: 37,120
- 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: $105,100
- Employment: 132,210
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($159,890)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($154,170)
--- Trenton, NJ ($144,620)

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