Highest paying jobs in College Station for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in College Station 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 College Station-Bryan, 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. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $39,550
- #400 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,580
- Employment: 549,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($88,150)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($80,420)
--- Odessa, TX ($70,950)
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#49. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $40,010
- #497 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($67,770)
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#48. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $40,020
- #295 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,300
- Employment: 149,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($70,030)
--- Waco, TX ($63,080)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($57,930)
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#47. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $40,380
- #455 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,280
- Employment: 402,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,910)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($91,860)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,120)
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#46. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,280
- #399 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,310

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,300
- Employment: 1,063,110
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($57,830)
--- Boulder, CO ($56,520)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,930)

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#45. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,370
- #381 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#44. Light truck drivers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,420
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,050
- Employment: 929,470
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($51,560)
--- Waterbury, CT ($50,100)
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#43. Advertising sales agents

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,650
- #293 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#42. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $41,670
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,500
- Employment: 141,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,770)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($59,160)
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#41. Chefs and head cooks

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $42,560
- #376 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,740
- Employment: 101,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
--- Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($79,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)

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#40. Electrical, electronic, and electromechanical assemblers, except coil winders, tapers, and finishers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $42,700
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,750
- Employment: 283,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($57,040)
--- Lima, OH ($56,660)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($50,510)
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#39. Security and fire alarm systems installers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $43,020
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,150
- Employment: 68,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Eugene, OR ($70,940)
--- Salem, OR ($68,640)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($68,520)
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#38. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $43,190
- #367 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,890
- Employment: 119,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,370)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($87,990)
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#37. Home appliance repairers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $43,530
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,810
- Employment: 27,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($61,210)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($58,670)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($57,420)
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#36. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $43,680
- #405 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#35. Machinists

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $43,870
- #370 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,800
- Employment: 360,340
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($76,230)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($71,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,300)
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#34. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $44,110
- #332 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,690
- Employment: 397,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($71,250)
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#33. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $44,470
- #478 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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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#32. Automotive body and related repairers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $44,650
- #350 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#31. Correctional officers and jailers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $45,150
- #186 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 405,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($96,580)
--- Salinas, CA ($89,100)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,260)

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#30. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $45,430
- #413 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#29. Brickmasons and blockmasons

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $46,580
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($95,980)
--- Decatur, IL ($92,670)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($89,340)
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#28. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $46,740
- #238 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,400
- Employment: 50,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA ($98,380)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($94,070)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($92,800)
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#27. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $46,960
- #430 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#26. Industrial machinery mechanics

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $47,880
- #500 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#25. Insurance sales agents

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $48,450
- #441 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#24. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $49,510
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#23. Electricians

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $50,100
- #392 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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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#22. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $50,130
- #487 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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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#21. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $50,430
- #458 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,630

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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#20. Maintenance workers, machinery

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $50,490
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,960
- Employment: 65,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($77,890)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($77,690)
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)
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#19. Real estate sales agents

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $50,570
- #242 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#18. Postal service mail carriers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $53,080
- #355 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#17. Postal service clerks

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $54,410
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#16. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $54,960
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#15. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $55,420
- #314 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $55,760
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#13. Food service managers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $56,140
- #330 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#12. Construction and building inspectors

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,340
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#11. Detectives and criminal investigators

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,570
- #305 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,740
- #513 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $58,810
- #466 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#8. Wellhead pumpers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $59,050
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,500
- Employment: 12,050
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($77,750)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($75,610)
--- Midland, TX ($74,690)
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#7. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $60,150
- #420 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $62,000
- #420 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#5. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $63,240
- #83 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#4. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $63,610
- #355 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $66,010
- #445 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $81,450
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

College Station-Bryan, TX
- Annual mean salary: $87,700
- #313 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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