Highest paying jobs in Wenatchee for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Wenatchee 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 Wenatchee, 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. Billing and posting clerks

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $44,700
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,610
- Employment: 445,160
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,850)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($55,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($54,960)
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#49. Maintenance and repair workers, general

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $45,250
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,790
- Employment: 1,357,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,230)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($59,870)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($56,650)
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#48. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $45,340
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,880
- Employment: 891,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,950)
--- Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area ($52,620)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($52,140)
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#47. Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $45,510
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,420
- Employment: 1,850,360
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($54,730)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($54,450)
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#46. Automotive body and related repairers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $45,560
- #308 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#45. Loan interviewers and clerks

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $45,910
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $42,780
- Employment: 204,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($59,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,140)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($56,710)
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#44. Machinists

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $46,370
- #252 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $46,530
- #390 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,000
- Employment: 362,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($67,770)
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#42. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $46,570
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,500
- Employment: 141,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($60,770)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($60,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($59,160)
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#41. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $46,640
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,860
- Employment: 188,450
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($64,510)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($64,140)
--- Decatur, IL ($60,740)

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#40. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $48,100
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#39. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $48,450
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,650
- Employment: 248,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($69,160)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($68,140)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($64,980)
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#38. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $49,110
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,420
- Employment: 22,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area ($85,480)
--- Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area ($77,330)
--- Longview, WA ($74,500)
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#37. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $49,140
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,300
- Employment: 1,063,110
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($57,830)
--- Boulder, CO ($56,520)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,930)
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#36. Payroll and timekeeping clerks

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $50,650
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#35. Postal service clerks

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $52,150
- #267 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,200
- Employment: 86,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
--- Florence, SC ($59,360)
--- Monroe, MI ($59,320)
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#34. Community health workers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $52,420
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,000
- Employment: 58,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,110)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,530)
--- Bend-Redmond, OR ($61,820)
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#33. Postal service mail carriers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $52,570
- #413 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#32. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $53,730
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,990
- Employment: 138,820
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,570)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,900)
--- New Haven, CT ($63,790)
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#31. Separating, filtering, clarifying, precipitating, and still machine setters, operators, and tenders

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $53,930
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,850
- Employment: 47,930
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($92,800)
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($83,130)
--- Napa, CA ($68,470)

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#30. Court, municipal, and license clerks

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $55,030
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#29. Carpenters

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $55,160
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#28. Chefs and head cooks

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $55,330
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#27. Public safety telecommunicators

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $55,800
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,800
- Employment: 93,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($97,380)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,790)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($76,950)
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#26. Insurance sales agents

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $56,210
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#25. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $58,600
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#24. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $58,770
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#23. Highway maintenance workers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $58,970
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#22. Advertising sales agents

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $59,250
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#21. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $61,040
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $61,600
- #384 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#19. Lodging managers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $62,500
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $63,130
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $64,120
- #186 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#16. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $65,750
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#15. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $67,350
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#14. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $68,290
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#13. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $69,020
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $69,890
- #394 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#11. Industrial machinery mechanics

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $72,730
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#10. Real estate sales agents

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $72,930
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#9. Electricians

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $73,760
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $77,110
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#7. Construction and building inspectors

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $77,310
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $77,860
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#5. Food service managers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $78,830
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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 mechanics, installers, and repairers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $79,550
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $85,950
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#2. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $95,880
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#1. Power plant operators

Wenatchee, WA
- Annual mean salary: $123,180
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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