Highest paying jobs in Olympia for high school graduates

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April 25, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Olympia 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 Olympia-Tumwater, WA 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. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $53,040
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $53,520
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- Employment: 53,370
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)
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#48. Hazardous materials removal workers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $53,770
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,170
- Employment: 44,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($76,120)
--- Amarillo, TX ($73,270)
--- Knoxville, TN ($70,000)
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#47. Postal service mail carriers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $53,920
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,180
- Employment: 333,570
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#46. Insurance claims and policy processing clerks

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $54,500
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,070
- Employment: 240,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,830)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,120)
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($58,380)

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#45. Machinists

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $54,900
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#44. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $55,000
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 133,870
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,600)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,240)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($60,930)
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#43. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $56,770
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,490
- Employment: 156,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($66,520)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($62,040)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($60,730)
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#42. Coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $56,930
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,140
- Employment: 137,510
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Midland, MI ($60,190)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($58,940)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($58,790)
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#41. Chefs and head cooks

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $57,400
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $59,760
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,040
- Employment: 103,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Madera, CA ($76,040)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,800)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($73,360)
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#39. Industrial machinery mechanics

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $60,590
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#38. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $61,300
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,090
- Employment: 253,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,400)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,480)
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#37. Logging equipment operators

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $61,680
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,570
- Employment: 25,560
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($64,000)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($62,910)
--- Longview, WA ($62,780)
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#36. Carpenters

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $61,780
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- Employment: 699,300
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($81,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,680)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,280)

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#35. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $62,400
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#34. Automotive body and related repairers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,430
- Employment: 137,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($71,350)
--- Ames, IA ($68,340)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,060)
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#33. Highway maintenance workers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $64,070
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,200
- Employment: 149,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($70,690)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($67,370)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($67,340)
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#32. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $64,710
- #270 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#31. Correctional officers and jailers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $65,070
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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

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#30. Security and fire alarm systems installers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $65,250
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,150
- Employment: 68,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Eugene, OR ($70,940)
--- Salem, OR ($68,640)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($68,520)
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#29. Insurance sales agents

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $65,500
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#28. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $66,250
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- Employment: 147,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($86,740)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($82,520)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,470)
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#27. Advertising sales agents

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $66,420
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $68,430
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#25. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $68,610
- #200 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $68,840
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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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#23. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $69,010
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $71,610
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#21. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $73,210
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#20. Real estate sales agents

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $75,410
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#19. Detectives and criminal investigators

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $76,550
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#18. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $77,070
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $78,840
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,970
- Employment: 52,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($78,840)
--- Salem, OR ($78,000)
--- Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($76,680)
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#16. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $78,930
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $79,090
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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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#14. Structural iron and steel workers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $79,380
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,650
- Employment: 71,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($84,570)
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#13. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $80,080
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#12. Construction and building inspectors

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $80,140
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,470
- Employment: 113,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Haven, CT ($121,510)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,190)
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#11. Private detectives and investigators

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $80,440
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#10. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $82,140
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,100
- Employment: 417,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)
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#9. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $83,450
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#8. Commercial pilots

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $83,620
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#7. Sheet metal workers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $84,710
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,320
- Employment: 128,220
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#6. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $85,110
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#5. Food service managers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $86,940
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $87,450
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $90,840
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $107,470
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Olympia-Tumwater, WA
- Annual mean salary: $126,930
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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