Highest-paying jobs in Washington, D.C. that don't require a college degree

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Washington, D.C. 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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Photographers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $70,440
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,210
- Employment: 38,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($76,810)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($71,160)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($70,440)
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#49. Construction and building inspectors

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $70,580
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,000

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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#48. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $70,710
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,240

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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#47. Advertising sales agents

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $71,350
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,470

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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#46. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $72,760
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,390

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,540
- Employment: 155,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($72,760)

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#45. Crane and tower operators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $73,200
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $73,550
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 25,650

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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#43. Insurance appraisers, auto damage

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $73,900
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,180
- Employment: 11,430
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($89,810)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,970)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($86,050)
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#42. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $74,190
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#41. Real estate sales agents

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $74,570
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,100

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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#40. Rail car repairers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $74,740
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,210

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,400
- Employment: 22,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,690)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($76,530)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($74,740)
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#39. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $75,480
- #212 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,650

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $76,710
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,780

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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#37. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $77,230
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,510
- Employment: 29,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($99,740)
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#36. Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $77,520
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#35. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $77,910
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,770

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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#34. Fire inspectors and investigators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $78,070
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#33. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $78,200
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,850

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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#32. Food service managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $78,250
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,820

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. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $79,060
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,300

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $80,080
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#29. Insurance sales agents

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $80,790
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,350

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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#28. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $81,020
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,500
- Employment: 34,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($96,520)
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#27. Private detectives and investigators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $81,530
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,970
- Employment: 28,860
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)
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#26. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $81,700
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,860

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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#25. Gas plant operators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $82,750
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $82,970
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,240

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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#23. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $83,300
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,800

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. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $83,420
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#21. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $84,930
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#20. Power plant operators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $85,020
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $85,310
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,000

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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#18. Lodging managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $86,160
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $86,220
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#16. Transit and railroad police

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $87,230
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,570
- Employment: 3,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($87,230)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($73,330)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($69,920)

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#15. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $87,670
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $78,440
- Employment: 5,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($104,810)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($101,650)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($101,610)
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#14. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $89,210
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $89,850
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 26,890

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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#12. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $91,970
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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. Commercial divers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $92,100
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#10. Power distributors and dispatchers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $93,230
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#9. Transportation inspectors

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $95,170
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#8. Real estate brokers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $96,050
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,320

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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#7. Makeup artists, theatrical and performance

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $102,040
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $124,380
- Employment: 1,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($137,140)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($127,660)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($102,040)
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#6. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $102,630
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,580

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

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $116,340
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,850

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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#4. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $119,660
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,380

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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#3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $121,260
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,200

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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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $123,460
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,120

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $138,770
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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