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26 jobs that pay more than $80,000 a year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree

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  • College graduates make almost twice as much money as high school graduates.
  • Still, student debt and the tight labor market make college less attractive.
  • The 26 highest-paid jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree span transportation, energy, healthcare, and more.

College graduates tend to earn more, but you can still make six figures without going to college.

Though on average those with a bachelor’s degree earn almost twice as much as those with only a high school diploma, fewer graduating seniors are going to college. For many, college is not worth taking on student debt when the worker shortage raises their pay. And as more state governments, companies, and members of Congress no longer require a college degree to work for them, high school graduates will gain access to even more good jobs.

Using the most recent occupational wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we ranked the 26 highest-paid jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree. They span transportation, energy, healthcare, and more. All of these jobs pay above $80,000 a year.

26. Gambling managersgambling

Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Median annual wage in 2022: $80,710

Number of people employed in 2022: 4,800

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

25. Signal and track switch repairerstrain switch repair

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Median annual wage in 2022: $81,300

Number of people employed in 2022: 6,880

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

24. Diagnostic medical sonographerssonographer

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Median annual wage in 2022: $81,350

Number of people employed in 2022: 81,080

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

 

 

23. Dental hygienistsdental hygienist

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Median annual wage in 2022: $81,400

Number of people employed in 2022: 214,700

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

 

 

22. Electrical power-line installers and repairerspower distributor

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Median annual wage in 2022: $82,340

Number of people employed in 2022: 119,510

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

21. Chemical plant and system operatorschemical plant operator

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Median annual wage in 2022: $82,670

Number of people employed in 2022: 18,710

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

20. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workerssales manager

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Median annual wage in 2022: $82,850

Number of people employed in 2022: 237,520

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

19. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugerspetroleum pump

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Median annual wage in 2022: $85,090

Number of people employed in 2022: 31,360

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

18. Nuclear medicine technologistsmri

Shutterstock

Median annual wage in 2022: $85,300

Number of people employed in 2022: 16,910

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

 

 

17. Detectives and criminal investigatorscriminal investigator

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Median annual wage in 2022: $86,280

Number of people employed in 2022: 107,400

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

16. Ship engineersship engineer

US Coast Guard

Median annual wage in 2022: $88,260

Number of people employed in 2022: 9,120

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

15. Subway and streetcar operatorssubway operator

Mario Tama/Getty Images

Median annual wage in 2022: $88,260

Number of people employed in 2022: 9,120

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

14. Radiation therapistsradiation therapist

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Median annual wage in 2022: $89,530

Number of people employed in 2022: 15,510

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

 

 

13. Power plant operatorspower plant worker

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Median annual wage in 2022: $93,060

Number of people employed in 2022: 31,590

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

12. Powerhouse, substation, and relay electrical and electronics repairerselectrician

Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

Median annual wage in 2022: $93,720

Number of people employed in 2022: 25,440

Typical education required: Postsecondary nondegree award

 

 

11. Athletes and sports competitorsLeBron James breaks NBA scoring record.LeBron James breaks NBA scoring record.

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Median annual wage in 2022: $94,270

Number of people employed in 2022: 11,930

Typical education required: No formal educational credential

 

 

10. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vesselsCargo ship

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Median annual wage in 2022: $95,210

Number of people employed in 2022: 34,940

Typical education required: Postsecondary nondegree award

 

 

9. First-line supervisors of police and detectivespolice supervisor

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Median annual wage in 2022: $96,290

Number of people employed in 2022: 131,860

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

8. Theatrical and performance makeup artistsKodo Nishimura putting makeup on a model during New York Fashion Week.Nishimura was a makeup artist at major events like New York Fashion Week and Miss Universe.

Kodo Nishimura

Median annual wage in 2022: $96,370 

Number of people employed in 2022: 2,970 

Typical education required: Postsecondary nondegree award

 

 

7. Transportation, storage, and distribution managersForeman and manager having a discussion at the distribution warehouse.

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Median annual wage in 2022: $98,560

Number of people employed in 2022: 169,910

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

6. Elevator and escalator installers and repairerselevator repair

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Median annual wage in 2022: $99,000

Number of people employed in 2022: 24,380

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

5. Nuclear techniciansnuclear technician

Saurabh Das/AP

Median annual wage in 2022: $100,420

Number of people employed in 2022: 5,880

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

4. Power distributors and dispatcherspower dispatcher

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Median annual wage in 2022: $101,650

Number of people employed in 2022: 9,380

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

3. Commercial pilotsMark Pankey is a Southwest Airlines pilot who lives out of an aircraft catering truck that he converted into a tiny home.Mark Pankey is a Southwest Airlines pilot who lives out of an aircraft catering truck that he converted into a tiny home.

Mark Pankey

Median annual wage in 2022: $103,910

Number of people employed in 2022: 48,750

Typical education required: Postsecondary nondegree award

2. Nuclear power reactor operatorsnuclear reactor workerJacob Wilcox, a test engineer, pulls his arm out of a glove box used for processing sodium at TerraPower, a company developing and building small nuclear reactors, Jan. 13, 2022, in Everett, Washington.

Elaine Thompson/AP

Median annual wage in 2022: $115,870

Number of people employed in 2022: 5,450

Typical education required: High school diploma or equivalent

1. Air traffic controllersair traffic controller

Associated Press

Median annual wage in 2022: $132,250

Number of people employed in 2022: 21,250

Typical education required: Associate’s degree

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