Highest paying jobs in Milwaukee for high school graduates

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July 20, 2022
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Highest paying jobs in Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, 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. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $55,780
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,250
- Employment: 15,380
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($78,200)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($69,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,320)
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#49. Insulation workers, mechanical

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $56,110
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $55,470
- Employment: 27,700
- 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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#48. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,110
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#47. Brokerage clerks

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $57,820
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,460
- Employment: 44,720
- 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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#46. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,370
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,950
- Employment: 54,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,460)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($73,070)

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#45. Glaziers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $58,910
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#44. Industrial machinery mechanics

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $59,190
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,410

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $59,290
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#42. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $61,680
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#41. Food service managers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,040
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,070

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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#40. Maintenance workers, machinery

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,090
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#39. Construction and building inspectors

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

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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#38. Lodging managers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,340
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#37. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $62,470
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,320

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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#36. Occupational health and safety technicians

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,430
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#35. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $63,840
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#34. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $65,270
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $45,110
- Employment: 34,500
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($65,270)
--- Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC ($57,100)
--- Lynchburg, VA ($57,020)
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#33. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $65,330
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,620
- Employment: 10,020
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($79,660)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($72,800)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($71,910)
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#32. Millwrights

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $66,580
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,240
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,090

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,400
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,040

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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#29. Hearing aid specialists

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,460
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,630
- Employment: 7,770
- 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. Crane and tower operators

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $67,690
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,010
- Employment: 44,060
- 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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#27. Advertising sales agents

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $68,540
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

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. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,540
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,060

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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#25. Electricians

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $69,690
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,230

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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#24. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,510
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,790

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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#23. Sheet metal workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $70,550
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#22. Riggers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $72,710
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $53,020
- Employment: 21,700
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($89,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,310)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($73,160)
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#21. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,240
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#20. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,260
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,910

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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#19. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $73,320
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,200

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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#18. Structural iron and steel workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,040
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#17. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $74,980
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $62,400
- Employment: 50,660
- 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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#16. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $75,100
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $54,700
- Employment: 18,680
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($97,000)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($88,350)
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($75,440)

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $75,180
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,360

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $75,830
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,800

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

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $76,700
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,380

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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#12. Power plant operators

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $80,800
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#11. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $80,890
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,200
- Employment: 24,730
- 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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#10. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $84,640
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#9. Insurance sales agents

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $85,640
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,440

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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#8. Real estate brokers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $88,710
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,630
- Employment: 44,610
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)
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#7. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $90,070
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,660
- Employment: 13,880
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($97,930)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($96,450)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($94,460)
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#6. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $92,050
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

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. Detectives and criminal investigators

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $96,140
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $101,360
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,770

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. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $108,200
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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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#2. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $112,110
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#1. Commercial pilots

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
- Annual mean salary: $128,410
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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