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

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Richmond 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 Richmond, VA that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $53,460
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,270
- Employment: 116,380
- 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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#49. Surgical technologists

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $53,470
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,590
- Employment: 109,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($80,170)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($77,460)
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#48. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $53,540
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,020

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $54,230
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $54,280
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,290

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

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#45. Chemical equipment operators and tenders

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $54,620
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,450
- Employment: 106,170
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Billings, MT ($88,420)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($76,050)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($71,340)
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#44. Computer user support specialists

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $55,140
- #144 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,800

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,650
- Employment: 654,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($90,480)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($76,510)
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#43. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $55,370
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#42. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $56,400
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,210
- Employment: 31,650
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($65,270)
--- Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($57,100)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($57,020)
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#41. Electricians

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $56,710
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,610

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

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#40. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $57,320
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#39. Chefs and head cooks

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- #97 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,920
- Employment: 129,810
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($79,430)
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#38. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $58,110
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#37. Construction and building inspectors

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $58,120
- #232 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

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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#36. Choreographers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $58,720
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,630
- Employment: 3,990
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($94,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($79,760)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($63,250)

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#35. Advertising sales agents

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $59,410
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#34. Industrial machinery mechanics

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $59,440
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,300

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $59,650
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,260
- Employment: 39,240
- 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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#32. Crane and tower operators

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $60,170
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 43,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($131,160)
--- Syracuse, NY ($103,350)
--- Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($99,990)
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#31. Real estate brokers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $60,410
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#30. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $60,910
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,090

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $61,430
- #142 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $61,460
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,370

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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#27. Gas plant operators

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $63,410
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,970
- Employment: 15,110
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($98,750)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($97,080)
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#26. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $63,620
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $63,870
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#24. Real estate sales agents

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $64,210
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,200

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $64,230
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#22. Food service managers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $65,180
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $67,050
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,940

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

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $68,990
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,030

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $69,510
- #185 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,490

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. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $69,980
- #278 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $70,770
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $71,450
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $71,790
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,280

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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#14. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $72,180
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $72,280
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,060

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $73,990
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,650

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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#11. Insurance sales agents

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $79,550
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,100

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. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $83,120
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,820
- Employment: 12,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($97,930)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($96,450)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($94,460)
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#9. Detectives and criminal investigators

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $84,220
- #137 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $85,450
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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. Power distributors and dispatchers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $88,450
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#6. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $91,230
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $91,970
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $93,760
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $103,070
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $103,520
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $135,400
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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