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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Norfolk 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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Riggers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,290
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,100
- Employment: 17,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($89,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,310)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($73,160)
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#49. Firefighters

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,390
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,730

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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#48. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,530
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,480

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 397,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($66,920)
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#47. Commercial divers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,660
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,010
- Employment: 2,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($155,470)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($110,130)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($92,100)
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#46. Hearing aid specialists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,780
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,960
- Employment: 10,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($75,130)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($73,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,300)

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#45. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,820
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,910

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,220
- Employment: 367,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($67,140)
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#44. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,350
- Employment: 172,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($88,140)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($84,690)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,570)
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#43. Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,770
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,650
- Employment: 10,710
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($89,080)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($87,130)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($86,160)
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#42. Sheet metal workers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,950
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,490

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,760
- Employment: 122,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#41. Construction and building inspectors

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,690
- #274 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#40. Structural metal fabricators and fitters

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,250
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 880

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,730
- Employment: 61,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($59,130)
--- Anchorage, AK ($57,900)
--- Longview, WA ($57,410)
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#39. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,620
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,080
- Employment: 8,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($79,660)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($72,800)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($71,910)
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#38. Layout workers, metal and plastic

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,820
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,340
- Employment: 6,840
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($77,050)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($62,170)
--- Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC ($57,820)
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#37. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,080
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,690

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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#36. Pile driver operators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,170
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,950
- Employment: 3,760
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,620)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($106,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($104,880)

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,060
- #169 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#34. Lodging managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,110
- #140 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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#33. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,740
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#32. Food service managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,530
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 780

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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#31. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,720
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,320

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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#30. Crane and tower operators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,730
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#29. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,000
- #90 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,030
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,310
- Employment: 44,870
- 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. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,450
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#26. Fire inspectors and investigators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,710
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#25. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $65,640
- #336 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#24. Advertising sales agents

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,920
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#23. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $67,070
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $67,180
- #119 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,800

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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#21. Real estate brokers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $67,390
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,490
- Employment: 48,460
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $67,420
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,750

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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#19. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $67,980
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $68,660
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,590

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,600
- #264 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,240

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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#16. Real estate sales agents

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,830
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,060

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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#15. Transportation inspectors

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,910
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $70,790
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,330

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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#13. Power distributors and dispatchers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,360
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#12. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,860
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,320
- Employment: 22,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,290)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($113,590)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($113,480)
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#11. Insurance sales agents

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,450
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,970

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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#10. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $81,360
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

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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#9. Detectives and criminal investigators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $84,360
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $84,680
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#7. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $87,250
- #210 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#6. Ship engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $89,490
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,540

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,910
- Employment: 7,650
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette, LA ($108,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($100,970)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($99,670)

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#5. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $90,170
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- Employment: 33,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,420)
--- Anchorage, AK ($118,620)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($110,750)
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#4. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $90,420
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $91,050
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $98,580
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $102,120
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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