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From the moment they arrive on campus, today’s high school students are inundated with messages about the importance of receiving a college education. They hear it from their guidance counselors, teachers, parents, family members, neighbors, and coaches. While graduation from a four-year college can certainly work wonders for students’ future careers, it’s not necessary for all fields — something admissions officers and guidance counselors sometimes fail to mention.

To find the highest paying jobs that don’t require a college degree, Stacker consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to compile a list of all jobs that don’t require higher education. All professions that listed a high school diploma, some college education (without a degree conferred), postsecondary nondegree award, or no formal education requirements for entry-level positions were considered. Jobs that didn’t list any entry-level education requirement were excluded, as were job titles that grouped several positions together. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to discover the highest paying jobs in Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Crane and tower operators

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $53,800
– #144 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 220

National
– Annual mean salary: $65,270
– Employment: 43,400
– 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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#49. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $54,450
– #114 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 110

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,510
– Employment: 29,820
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
— Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($99,740)

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#48. Tool and die makers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $54,500
– #108 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,070

National
– Annual mean salary: $56,150
– Employment: 63,630
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($75,920)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($72,510)
— Santa Rosa, CA ($71,910)

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#47. Postal service clerks

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $54,630
– #91 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 310

National
– Annual mean salary: $53,210
– Employment: 79,320
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
— Florence, SC ($59,360)
— Monroe, MI ($59,320)

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#46. Hearing aid specialists

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $54,640
– #30 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 50

National
– Annual mean salary: $59,960
– Employment: 10,790
– 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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#45. Postal service mail carriers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $54,730
– #98 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,910

National
– Annual mean salary: $54,370
– Employment: 335,540
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Modesto, CA ($57,160)
— Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)

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#44. Community health workers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $54,740
– #24 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 210

National
– Annual mean salary: $47,780
– Employment: 61,010
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($66,110)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($65,530)
— Bend-Redmond, OR ($61,820)

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#43. Traffic technicians

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $55,140
– #13 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 170

National
– Annual mean salary: $53,210
– Employment: 7,770
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,160)
— Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($77,500)
— San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($76,460)

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#42. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $55,610
– #299 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,400

National
– Annual mean salary: $60,350
– Employment: 172,830
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Anchorage, AK ($88,140)
— Fairbanks, AK ($84,690)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($80,570)

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#41. Brokerage clerks

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $55,770
– #39 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 250

National
– Annual mean salary: $57,710
– Employment: 39,980
– 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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#40. Sound engineering technicians

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $56,090
– #19 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 400

National
– Annual mean salary: $67,360
– Employment: 10,800
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,070)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($84,930)
— Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($84,620)

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#39. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $56,170
– #233 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,620

National
– Annual mean salary: $63,350
– Employment: 417,620
– 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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#38. Lodging managers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $56,980
– #156 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 500

National
– Annual mean salary: $67,770
– Employment: 35,920
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)

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#37. Chefs and head cooks

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $58,410
– #86 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 980

National
– Annual mean salary: $56,920
– Employment: 129,810
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($79,430)

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#36. First-line supervisors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $59,400
– #41 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 50

National
– Annual mean salary: $54,450
– Employment: 25,770
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Longview, WA ($74,500)
— Redding, CA ($72,680)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($71,740)

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#35. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $59,450
– #126 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 160

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,750
– Employment: 54,470
– 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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#34. Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $59,830
– #13 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: data not available

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,650
– Employment: 10,710
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($89,080)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($87,130)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($86,160)

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#33. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $60,020
– #176 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,280

National
– Annual mean salary: $66,870
– Employment: 466,910
– 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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#32. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $60,070
– #451 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 4,820

National
– Annual mean salary: $72,390
– Employment: 1,242,490
– 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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#31. Industrial machinery mechanics

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $60,710
– #126 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,770

National
– Annual mean salary: $58,780
– Employment: 373,090
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
— Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
— Anchorage, AK ($82,890)

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#30. Fire inspectors and investigators

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $61,530
– #61 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 80

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,680
– Employment: 14,600
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Dayton, OH ($116,740)
— Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($112,040)
— Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($107,220)

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

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $61,680
– #262 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 6,460

National
– Annual mean salary: $71,110
– Employment: 1,026,390
– 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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#28. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $61,970
– #115 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 17,970

National
– Annual mean salary: $63,380
– Employment: 1,443,630
– 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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#27. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $62,180
– #49 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 150

National
– Annual mean salary: $62,360
– Employment: 25,800
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,600)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($92,910)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,660)

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#25 (tie). Gas plant operators

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $64,460
– #56 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 60

National
– Annual mean salary: $76,970
– Employment: 15,110
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)
— Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($98,750)
— Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($97,080)

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#25 (tie). Boilermakers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $64,460
– #23 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 130

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,070
– Employment: 12,920
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,660)
— Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($96,080)
— Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($90,620)

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#24. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $65,440
– #104 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 870

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,470
– Employment: 125,440
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,470)
— Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($86,370)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,860)

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#23. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $65,460
– #89 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 270

National
– Annual mean salary: $64,230
– Employment: 50,780
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($87,890)
— Fresno, CA ($86,230)
— Fairbanks, AK ($85,640)

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#21 (tie). First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $65,710
– #239 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 570

National
– Annual mean salary: $83,270
– Employment: 80,890
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($171,060)
— Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,740)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($135,860)

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#21 (tie). First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $65,710
– #331 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 4,470

National
– Annual mean salary: $75,060
– Employment: 665,870
– 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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#20. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $65,800
– #267 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,870

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,960
– Employment: 278,140
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
— Salinas, CA ($90,800)

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#19. Insurance sales agents

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $65,810
– #158 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,980

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,340
– Employment: 422,600
– 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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#18. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $66,430
– #211 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 4,530

National
– Annual mean salary: $67,330
– Employment: 629,420
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
— Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
— Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($90,410)

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

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $67,350
– #334 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,360

National
– Annual mean salary: $73,590
– Employment: 526,240
– 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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#16. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $69,270
– #7 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: data not available

National
– Annual mean salary: $62,080
– Employment: 8,590
– 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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#15. Bailiffs

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $69,600
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 90

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,340
– Employment: 16,420
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN ($69,600)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,050)
— Glens Falls, NY ($66,980)

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#14. Insurance appraisers, auto damage

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $70,480
– #18 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 170

National
– Annual mean salary: $68,180
– Employment: 11,430
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Salt Lake City, UT ($89,810)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,970)
— Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($86,050)

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#13. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $72,780
– #334 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,410

National
– Annual mean salary: $98,760
– Employment: 128,230
– 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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#12. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $72,980
– #244 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 950

National
– Annual mean salary: $79,060
– Employment: 123,940
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
— Salinas, CA ($110,180)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,490)

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#11. Transportation inspectors

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $75,730
– #54 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 130

National
– Annual mean salary: $77,620
– Employment: 25,070
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Portland-South Portland, ME ($112,260)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($111,930)
— Anchorage, AK ($108,140)

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#10. Detectives and criminal investigators

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $78,280
– #180 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 730

National
– Annual mean salary: $90,370
– Employment: 107,890
– 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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#9. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $80,410
– #39 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,130

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,030
– Employment: 234,680
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
— Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($103,610)

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#8. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $86,150
– #141 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,230

National
– Annual mean salary: $92,320
– Employment: 243,920
– 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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#7. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $86,800
– #68 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 70

National
– Annual mean salary: $87,640
– Employment: 22,490
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,210)
— Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA ($118,510)
— Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($114,280)

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#6. Power plant operators

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $87,000
– #56 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 140

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National
– Annual mean salary: $83,740
– Employment: 28,960
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Fresno, CA ($129,650)
— Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
— Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)

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#5. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $88,960
– #14 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 50

National
– Annual mean salary: $81,820
– Employment: 12,750
– 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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#4. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $93,980
– #233 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,670

National
– Annual mean salary: $105,580
– Employment: 144,640
– 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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#3. Power distributors and dispatchers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $97,910
– #20 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 30

National
– Annual mean salary: $95,520
– Employment: 9,660
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($131,560)
— Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($129,570)
— Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($123,540)

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#2. Commercial pilots

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $102,560
– #96 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 200

National
– Annual mean salary: $115,080
– Employment: 42,770
– 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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#1. Real estate brokers

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN
– Annual mean salary: $102,580
– #15 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 330

National
– Annual mean salary: $86,490
– Employment: 48,460
– 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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