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

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February 7, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Brownsville 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 Brownsville that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Correctional officers and jailers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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. Construction and building inspectors

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $38,340
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#48. Light truck drivers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $38,650
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,050
- Employment: 929,470
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,420)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,890)
--- Anchorage, AK ($51,590)
- Job description: Drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle.
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#47. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $38,730
- #355 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#46. Bill and account collectors

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $38,760
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,630
- Employment: 222,030
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($63,320)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($58,950)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($58,950)
- Job description: Locate and notify customers of delinquent accounts by mail, telephone, or personal visit to solicit payment. Duties include receiving payment and posting amount to customer's account, preparing statements to credit department if customer fails to respond, initiating repossession proceedings or service disconnection, and keeping records of collection and status of accounts.

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#45. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $38,980
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#44. Industrial machinery mechanics

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $39,250
- #376 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#43. Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $39,590
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,480
- Employment: 13,730
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($53,480)
--- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($49,400)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($48,920)
- Job description: Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.
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#42. Procurement clerks

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $39,800
- #201 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#41. Real estate sales agents

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $40,080
- #218 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#40. Tank car, truck, and ship loaders

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $40,300
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,670
- Employment: 12,610
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($63,710)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($62,180)
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($57,170)
- Job description: Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain, into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships, using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.
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#39. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $40,470
- #229 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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#38. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $40,660
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($85,110)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($77,260)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($76,940)
- Job description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of workers engaged in landscaping or groundskeeping activities. Work may involve reviewing contracts to ascertain service, machine, and workforce requirements; answering inquiries from potential customers regarding methods, material, and price ranges; and preparing estimates according to labor, material, and machine costs.
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#37. Automotive service technicians and mechanics

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,230
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#36. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,340
- #325 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

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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#35. Transportation security screeners

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,750
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,920
- Employment: 46,850
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($56,420)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,880)
--- Bismarck, ND ($53,770)
- Job description: Conduct screening of passengers, baggage, or cargo to ensure compliance with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations. May operate basic security equipment such as x-ray machines and hand wands at screening checkpoints.
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#34. Tool and die makers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,820
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#33. Glaziers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,970
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,970
- Employment: 52,190
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($89,250)
--- Salem, OR ($85,640)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,240)
- Job description: Install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops.
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#32. Crane and tower operators

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $42,020
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#31. Electricians

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $42,160
- #368 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#30. Sailors and marine oilers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $42,860
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,680
- Employment: 25,570
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($62,750)
--- Duluth, MN-WI ($61,070)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($59,530)
- Job description: Stand watch to look for obstructions in path of vessel, measure water depth, turn wheel on bridge, or use emergency equipment as directed by captain, mate, or pilot. Break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear. Perform a variety of maintenance tasks to preserve the painted surface of the ship and to maintain line and ship equipment. Must hold government-issued certification and tankerman certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Includes able seamen and ordinary seamen.
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#29. Structural metal fabricators and fitters

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $43,240
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,750
- Employment: 69,550
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Longview, WA ($71,950)
--- Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY ($60,760)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($58,230)
- Job description: Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products.
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#28. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $44,630
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#27. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $44,680
- #264 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,250

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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#26. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $45,120
- #264 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,210

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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#25. Cargo and freight agents

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $45,560
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,170
- Employment: 96,510
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Yakima, WA ($72,590)
--- St. Cloud, MN ($67,360)
--- Springfield, MO ($59,660)
- Job description: Expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals and shipping docks. Take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform. Prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.
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#24. Firefighters

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $45,600
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#23. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $46,490
- #292 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#22. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $47,370
- #183 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 55,200
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($96,510)
--- Jackson, TN ($92,200)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,640)
- Job description: Repair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas.
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#21. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $49,700
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,230
- Employment: 503,390
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,040)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($89,100)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,180)
- Job description: Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, and handling information requests, as well as performing routine administrative functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.

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#20. Lodging managers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $49,870
- #124 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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#19. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $50,150
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

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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#18. Surgical technologists

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $50,390
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $50,760
- #388 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#16. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $51,480
- #211 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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#15. Insurance sales agents

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $52,680
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#14. Postal service clerks

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $52,770
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#13. Postal service mail carriers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $53,130
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $53,630
- #348 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $53,980
- #368 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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#10. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $54,550
- #371 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#9. Food service managers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $55,040
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $57,880
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#7. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,010
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,860
- Employment: 122,480
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($93,060)
--- Salinas, CA ($91,790)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($89,000)
- Job description: Install and repair telecommunications cable, including fiber optics.
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#6. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,710
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#5. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $61,590
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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. Chefs and head cooks

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $66,040
- #28 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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $77,980
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $88,050
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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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#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
- Annual mean salary: $89,810
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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