10 Highest-Paying Jobs Without a College Degree

Nuclear power reactor operator tops the list
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2017 2:10 PM CDT
Nuclear power reactor operator is the highest-paying job in the US that doesn't require a college education.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Jobs requiring only a high-school education typically pay $35,000 less per year than those requiring a bachelor's degree. But that doesn't mean there aren't high-paying jobs out there for Americans without a college education. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24/7 Wall St lists the 50 highest-paying jobs in the US that don't require a college degree. The lowest annual wage among those 50 jobs, which include positions like railroad conductor and building inspector, is still more than $56,000. The median annual wage in the US is $37,000. Here are the 10 highest paying jobs in the US that don't require a college education and their median annual wage:

  1. Nuclear power reactor operators ($91,170)
  2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers ($89,190)
  3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives ($84,840)
  4. Power distributors and dispatchers ($81,900)
  5. Elevator installers and repairers ($78,890)
  6. Detectives and criminal investigators ($78,120)
  7. Commercial pilots ($77,200)
  8. Media and communication equipment workers ($75,700)
  9. Electrical and electronics repairers ($75,670)
  10. Power plant operators ($74,690)
See the full list here. (Read more jobs stories.)

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