10 highest-paying jobs for workers with a high school diploma

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10 highest-paying jobs for workers with a high school diploma
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A college graduate now earns on average more than $23,000 a year than someone with only a high school diploma. And while that degree may come at a high price, it still holds true that a college degree is worth the money considering the access it gives you to higher-paying jobs in the future.

However, a college degree isn’t the only way to get a high-paying job in the U.S.

A recent study by 24/7 Wall. St., which analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, found that of the 150 jobs reviewed that require only a high school education, 13 of them have median salaries of more than $60,000.

So if you’re looking to make more money without going back to school, you may want to consider one of the jobs on this list! 

Read more: Best jobs for entry-level workers

Highest paying jobs for high school graduates

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

  • Median annual wage: $63,010
  • Typical training: None
  • 2014 jobs: 447,100
  • Projected change 2014-2024: 5.4%

9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

  • Median annual wage: $64,170
  • Typical training: None
  • 2014 jobs: 929,800
  • Projected change 2014-2024: -1.9%

8. Gaming managers

  • Median annual wage: $68,380
  • Typical training: None
  • 2014 jobs: 3,800
  • Projected change 2014-2024: -0.6%

7. Media and communication equipment workers, all other

  • Median annual wage: $70,590
  • Typical training: Short-term on-the-job training
  • 2014 jobs: 19,400
  • Projected change 2014-2024: -3.3%

6. Postmasters and mail superintendents

  • Median annual wage: $70,640
  • Typical training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
  • 2014 jobs: 17,300
  • Projected change 2014-2024: -26.2%

5. Transportation inspectors

  • Median annual wage: $70,820
  • Typical training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
  • 2014 jobs: 26,400
  • Projected change 2014-2024: 1.2%

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4. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

  • Median annual wage: $72,300
  • Typical training: None
  • 2014 jobs: 430,700
  • Projected change 2014-2024: 4.7%

3. Detectives and criminal investigators

  • Median annual wage: $77,210
  • Typical training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
  • 2014 jobs: 116,700
  • Projected change 2014-2024: -1.2%

2. Elevator installers and repairers

  • Median annual wage: $80,870
  • Typical training: Apprenticeship
  • 2014 jobs: 20,700
  • Projected change 2014-2024: 13.0%

1. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

  • Median annual wage: $86,630
  • Typical training: None
  • 2014 jobs: 111,600
  • Projected change 2014-2024: 2.2%

See the full list here.

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Alex Thomas Sadler About the author:
Alex is the former Managing Editor of Clark.com.
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