Highest paying jobs in Washington, D.C. for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Washington, D.C. 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 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 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. Pile driver operators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $65,790
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,880
- Employment: 3,820
- 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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#49. Chefs and head cooks

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $65,970
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,230

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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#48. Industrial machinery mechanics

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $65,990
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,300

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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#47. Airfield operations specialists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $66,200
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,360
- Employment: 10,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($88,510)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($80,230)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,230)
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#46. Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $68,110
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,430
- Employment: 17,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($76,120)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($75,470)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($68,110)

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#45. Electricians

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $68,340
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 13,220

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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#44. Machinists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $69,300
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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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#43. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $69,650
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,620
- Employment: 10,020
- 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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#42. Subway and streetcar operators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $69,690
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,480
- Employment: 11,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($82,190)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($76,320)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,690)
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#41. Occupational health and safety technicians

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $69,780
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,870
- Employment: 20,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)

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#40. 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: $50,290
- Employment: 41,600
- 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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#39. 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: $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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#38. 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: $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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#37. 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: $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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#36. 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: $52,750
- Employment: 160,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($84,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)

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#35. 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: $64,010
- Employment: 44,060
- 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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#34. 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: $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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#33. 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: $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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#32. 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: $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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#31. 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: $58,250
- Employment: 22,310
- 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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#30. 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: $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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#29. 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: $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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#28. 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: $68,170
- Employment: 29,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
--- South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($101,630)
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#27. 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: $70,650
- Employment: 287,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area ($92,500)
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#26. 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: $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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#25. 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: $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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#24. 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: $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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#23. 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: $69,100
- 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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#22. 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: $77,610
- Employment: 40,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($101,900)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)
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#21. 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: $60,100
- Employment: 32,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($93,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
--- Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)

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#20. 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: $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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#19. 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: $73,290
- Employment: 14,990
- 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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#18. 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: $73,100
- 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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#17. 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: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- 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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#16. 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: $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. 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: $81,890
- Employment: 32,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#14. 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: $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. 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: $65,270
- Employment: 31,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($122,290)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
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#12. 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: $71,000
- Employment: 3,800
- 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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#11. 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: $76,810
- Employment: 5,670
- 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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#10. 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: $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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#9. 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: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- 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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#8. 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: $93,260
- Employment: 9,940
- 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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#7. 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: $81,320
- Employment: 27,360
- 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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#6. 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: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- 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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#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: $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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#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: $105,100
- 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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#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: $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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#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: $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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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $138,770
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $110,830
- Employment: 37,120
- 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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