Highest paying jobs in Appleton for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Appleton 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 Appleton, WI 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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $48,000
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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. Social and human service assistants

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $48,030
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,230
- Employment: 399,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($56,140)
--- North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($55,360)
--- Danbury, CT ($54,870)
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#48. Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $48,680
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,480
- Employment: 99,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Longview, WA ($65,210)
--- Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL ($58,070)
--- Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($57,790)
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#47. Structural metal fabricators and fitters

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $49,250
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,750
- Employment: 69,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($59,130)
--- Anchorage, AK ($57,900)
--- Longview, WA ($57,410)
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#46. Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $43,930
- Employment: 29,880
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,260)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($65,320)
--- Joplin, MO ($65,210)

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#45. Bus drivers, transit and intercity

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $50,460
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,110
- Employment: 162,850
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,940)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,310)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($67,370)
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#44. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $50,790
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#43. Public safety telecommunicators

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $50,990
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#42. Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $51,100
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,370
- Employment: 18,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Appleton, WI ($51,100)
--- Reading, PA ($46,430)
--- San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX ($41,140)
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#41. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $52,200
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#40. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $52,260
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,300
- Employment: 149,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($70,030)
--- Waco, TX ($63,080)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($57,930)
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#39. Real estate sales agents

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $52,280
- #215 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#38. Postal service mail carriers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $53,380
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#37. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $53,540
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,040

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. Postal service clerks

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $53,680
- #157 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#35. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $53,950
- #112 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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#34. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $54,610
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#33. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $54,830
- #338 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#32. Carpenters

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $55,910
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 920

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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#31. Industrial machinery mechanics

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $55,970
- #288 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#30. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,020
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- Employment: 59,940
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($95,980)
--- Decatur, IL ($92,670)
--- Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($89,340)
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#29. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,310
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,500
- Employment: 40,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,630)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,090)
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#28. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,620
- #93 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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#27. Tax preparers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,690
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,710
- Employment: 62,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)
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#26. Correctional officers and jailers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,820
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#25. Maintenance workers, machinery

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,430
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,960
- Employment: 65,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($77,890)
--- Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($77,690)
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)
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#24. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,950
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#23. Food service managers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $59,950
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#22. Advertising sales agents

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $61,080
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,030
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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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#20. Millwrights

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,120
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,080
- Employment: 44,400
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,580)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($80,780)
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#19. Sheet metal workers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $64,280
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#18. Electricians

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $64,770
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $65,330
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $65,590
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#15. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $65,830
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,100
- #151 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,190

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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#13. Construction and building inspectors

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,180
- #80 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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#12. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,430
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,630

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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#11. Occupational health and safety technicians

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,260
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $76,050
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 890

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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#9. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $76,350
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $78,490
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $78,630
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#6. Insurance sales agents

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $78,660
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#5. Detectives and criminal investigators

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $80,120
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#4. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $84,910
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $91,390
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $95,390
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Appleton, WI
- Annual mean salary: $95,980
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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