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

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

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

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,970
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#49. Drywall and ceiling tile installers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,160
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,810
- Employment: 97,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,380)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($82,560)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($81,460)
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#48. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,420
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#46 (tie). Lodging managers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,440
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,770
- Employment: 35,920
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
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#46 (tie). Computer user support specialists

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,440
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,760

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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#45. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,560
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,850
- Employment: 35,720
- 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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#44. Food service managers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,680
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#43. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $59,050
- #201 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

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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#42. Insulation workers, mechanical

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $59,120
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $56,260
- Employment: 28,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($109,380)
--- Syracuse, NY ($97,670)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,740)
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#41. Brokerage clerks

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $59,660
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,710
- Employment: 39,980
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,310)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,330)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,970)

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

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $59,860
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

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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#39. Surgical technologists

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $60,610
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#38. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $60,690
- #171 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,470
- Employment: 125,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,470)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($86,370)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,860)
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#37. Maintenance workers, machinery

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $61,160
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#36. Advertising sales agents

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,380
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#35. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,410
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,230
- Employment: 50,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($87,890)
--- Fresno, CA ($86,230)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($85,640)
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#34. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,760
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,430
- Employment: 55,950
- 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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#33. Occupational health and safety technicians

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,230
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,560
- Employment: 21,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Evansville, IN-KY ($77,880)
--- Anchorage, AK ($77,690)
--- Oklahoma City, OK ($77,100)
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#32. Power plant operators

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,850
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,740
- Employment: 28,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($129,650)
--- Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)
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#31. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $65,190
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

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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#30. Electricians

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $65,460
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,410

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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#29. Hearing aid specialists

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $66,650
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,960
- Employment: 10,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($75,130)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($73,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($72,300)
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#28. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $66,670
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,120

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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#27. Construction and building inspectors

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,660
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,480
- Employment: 117,830
- 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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#26. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,950
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,100

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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#25. Crane and tower operators

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,050
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- Employment: 43,400
- 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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#24. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,400
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

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. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,530
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,660

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

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,340
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,030
- Employment: 234,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($103,610)
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#21. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,460
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,060

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

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,780
- #149 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,700

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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#19. Pipelayers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,810
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,510
- Employment: 33,330
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,310)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($75,510)
--- Madison, WI ($70,810)
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#18. Sheet metal workers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,930
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,760
- Employment: 122,630
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)
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#17. Structural iron and steel workers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $71,690
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,270
- Employment: 68,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($83,340)
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#16. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,880
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,890
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,870

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

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,690
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

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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#13. Glaziers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,990
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,950
- Employment: 52,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($78,840)
--- Salem, OR ($78,000)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($74,990)
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#12. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $75,190
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

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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#11. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $79,870
- #166 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#10. Insurance sales agents

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $82,440
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,350

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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#9. Commercial pilots

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $84,460
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,080
- Employment: 42,770
- 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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#8. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $87,110
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,320
- Employment: 22,510
- 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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#7. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $88,350
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,310
- Employment: 44,870
- 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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#6. Detectives and criminal investigators

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $91,120
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#5. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $96,690
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,640
- Employment: 22,490
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,210)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($118,510)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($114,280)
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#4. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $100,270
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,270
- Employment: 80,890
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($171,060)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($135,860)
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#3. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $105,890
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,480

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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $107,110
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Madison, WI
- Annual mean salary: $111,450
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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