Highest-paying jobs in Eau Claire that don't require a college degree

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June 13, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Eau Claire 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 Eau Claire, WI that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $46,840
- #330 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,850
- Employment: 641,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($76,890)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,880)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,410)
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#49. Tax preparers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $47,000
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,080
- Employment: 83,190
- 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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#48. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $47,490
- #353 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,220
- Employment: 367,200
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
--- Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($67,140)
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#47. Dispatchers, except police, fire, and ambulance

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $48,210
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,650
- Employment: 194,330
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($64,140)
--- Decatur, IL ($60,740)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($58,620)
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#46. Correctional officers and jailers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $48,240
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,420
- Employment: 392,600
- 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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#45. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $48,670
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,290
- Employment: 397,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($72,500)
--- Anchorage, AK ($71,840)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($66,920)
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#44. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $48,930
- #226 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,220

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,340
- Employment: 1,903,420
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cape Girardeau, MO-IL ($62,600)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($62,290)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($61,540)
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#43. Public safety telecommunicators

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $49,410
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $47,030
- Employment: 97,050
- 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. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $49,610
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,010
- Employment: 112,130
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
--- Wausau, WI ($55,060)
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#41. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $49,770
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,320
- Employment: 121,150
- 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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#39 (tie). Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $50,030
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $44,180
- Employment: 87,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Longview, WA ($65,210)
--- Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL ($58,070)
--- Lewiston, ID-WA ($57,690)
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#39 (tie). Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $50,030
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,240
- Employment: 157,840
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($70,030)
--- Waco, TX ($63,080)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($57,930)
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#38. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $50,390
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,890
- Employment: 1,143,260
- 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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#37. Tool and die makers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $50,660
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,150
- Employment: 63,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,920)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($72,510)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($71,910)
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#36. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $51,820
- #167 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,020
- Employment: 261,420
- 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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#35. Postal service mail carriers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $52,690
- #397 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,370
- Employment: 335,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Modesto, CA ($57,160)
--- Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)
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#34. Real estate sales agents

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $53,130
- #206 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#33. Computer user support specialists

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $53,270
- #199 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,650
- Employment: 654,310
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($90,480)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($76,510)
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#32. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $53,620
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#31. Cement masons and concrete finishers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $54,390
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,900
- Employment: 186,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New Bedford, MA ($90,980)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($82,820)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($79,650)

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#30. Carpenters

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $54,720
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,190
- Employment: 668,060
- 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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#29. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $54,820
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,270
- Employment: 116,380
- 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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#28. Food service managers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $55,050
- #362 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#27. Industrial machinery mechanics

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $55,950
- #289 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,780
- Employment: 373,090
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
--- Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
--- Anchorage, AK ($82,890)
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#26. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $55,970
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,360
- Employment: 25,800
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,600)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($92,910)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,660)

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#25. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $56,120
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,690
- Employment: 356,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,020)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($76,750)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($71,710)
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#24. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $56,510
- #360 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#23. Surgical technologists

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,000
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,590
- Employment: 109,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($80,170)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($77,460)
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#22. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,030
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,350
- Employment: 172,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($88,140)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($84,690)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,570)
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#21. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $60,440
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,280
- Employment: 145,230
- 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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#20. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $60,670
- #284 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#19. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $61,670
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#18. Maintenance workers, machinery

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,590
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,570
- Employment: 57,660
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Savannah, GA ($76,260)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($70,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,980)
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#17. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,240
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,610
- #307 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#15. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,790
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,280
- Employment: 404,820
- 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. Electricians

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $65,990
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,310
- Employment: 650,580
- 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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#13. Advertising sales agents

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $66,130
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#12. Millwrights

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,160
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,260
- Employment: 39,240
- 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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#11. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,230
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- Employment: 417,620
- 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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#10. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,330
- #208 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

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

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,080
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,400
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#7. Insurance sales agents

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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#6. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,120
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#5. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $78,910
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $79,760
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $89,540
- #189 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $94,650
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Eau Claire, WI
- Annual mean salary: $98,440
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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