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These Are The Highest Paying Jobs That You Don’t Need A College Degree For (They All Pay Over $79,000)

Leah Bourne
April 25, 2019

Most people think you need a college degree or even a graduate degree to get a high paying job. While that is largely true, there are some high paying jobs to be had that just require a high school diploma–you just need to know where to look. For instance, did you know how much it pays to be a specialized electrician? What about a nuclear power operator? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

Per data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. Keep in mind they still might require job experience, certifications or licenses. Even so, these jobs offer some definite inspiration for career paths to consider. And a major plus, no student loans! Huzzah!

10. Media and communication equipment worker

Median annual wage: $79,580

What they do: In this job you will install and repair audio and visual equipment.

9. Power plant operator

Median annual wage: $79,610

What they do: In this job, you operate and maintain power generators.

8. Elevator installer and repair person

Median annual wage: $79, 780

What they do: In this job you will fix and maintain elevators, escalators and other lifts.

7. Powerhouse electrician

Median annual wage: $80,200

What they do: You’ll specialize in maintaining electrical equipment at power generating stations.

6. Detective

Median annual wage: $81,920

What they do: You’ll collect and gather evidence for criminal cases as this type of law enforcement officer.

5. Commercial pilot

Median annual pay: $82,240

What they do: These high paid pilots usually work as pilots for charter flights or aerial tours.

4. Power distributor and dispatcher

Median annual pay: $86,410

What they do: In this job you’ll control the flow of electricity from stations to users.

3. Police and detective supervisor

Median annual wage: $89,030

What they do: Supervise and coordinate police forces.

2. Nuclear power reactor operator

Median annual wage: $94,350

What they do: These workers control nuclear reactors

1. Transportation and storage distribution manager

Median annual wage: $94,730

What they do: This is a managerial job in which you would oversee the allocation of shipping of merchandise.

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