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Highest paying jobs in El Paso for high school graduates


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Highest paying jobs in El Paso for high school graduates

The average college graduate in 2020 earned $1,305 a week, while the average high school graduate takes home just $781, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of course, college isn’t for everyone. There are many reasons high-school graduates may choose to not continue on to college, not the least of which being cost. Average tuition costs continue to rise each year, the exception being the 2020-2021 school year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Average tuition at a public, in-state university coming in at $9,687; tuition for out-of-state students at public schools, and for everyone at private universities, is significantly higher at $21,874 and $35,087, respectively.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest paying jobs for high school graduates in El Paso, TX using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

Keep reading to see which jobs in your city pay the most for high school graduates.

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#50. Cargo and freight agents

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $40,710
– #153 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 340

National
– Annual mean salary: $47,170
– Employment: 96,510
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($80,300)
— Yakima, WA ($68,030)
— Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($64,030)



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#49. First-line supervisors of landscaping, lawn service, and groundskeeping workers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $40,970
– #447 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 150

National
– Annual mean salary: $54,040
– Employment: 103,730
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Madera, CA ($76,040)
— Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($74,800)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($73,360)



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#48. First-line supervisors of retail sales workers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $41,100
– #406 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,090

National
– Annual mean salary: $47,300
– Employment: 1,063,110
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($57,830)
— Boulder, CO ($56,520)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($55,930)



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#47. Machinists

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $41,330
– #447 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 320

National
– Annual mean salary: $47,800
– Employment: 360,340
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($76,230)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($71,070)
— Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($69,300)



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#46. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $41,950
– #491 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 900

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,090
– Employment: 253,010
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,900)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($73,400)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,480)

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#45. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $42,570
– #504 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 780

National
– Annual mean salary: $61,100
– Employment: 417,440
– 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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#44. Maintenance workers, machinery

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $42,590
– #272 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 60

National
– Annual mean salary: $51,960
– Employment: 65,240
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area ($77,890)
— Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($77,690)
— Savannah, GA ($76,260)



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#43. Home appliance repairers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $42,900
– #68 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 80

National
– Annual mean salary: $43,810
– Employment: 27,640
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($61,210)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($58,670)
— Salt Lake City, UT ($57,420)



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#42. Automotive body and related repairers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $43,520
– #396 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 300

National
– Annual mean salary: $49,430
– Employment: 137,120
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Ann Arbor, MI ($71,350)
— Ames, IA ($68,340)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($68,060)



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#40 (tie). Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $43,730
– #52 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 120

National
– Annual mean salary: $45,710
– Employment: 110,020
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Tulsa, OK ($58,060)
— Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($55,720)
— Columbus, OH ($53,800)

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#40 (tie). Correctional officers and jailers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $43,730
– #204 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 710

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,340
– Employment: 405,870
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($96,580)
— Salinas, CA ($89,100)
— Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,260)



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

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $43,820
– #517 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,360

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,490
– Employment: 977,070
– 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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#38. Private detectives and investigators

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $44,320
– #91 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 40

National
– Annual mean salary: $60,100
– Employment: 32,200
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Jackson, MI ($93,360)
— Bakersfield, CA ($91,080)
— Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($87,760)



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#37. Electricians

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $44,510
– #497 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,290

National
– Annual mean salary: $61,550
– Employment: 656,510
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,900)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,090)
— Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($86,600)



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#36. Industrial machinery mechanics

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $45,500
– #513 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 610

National
– Annual mean salary: $57,350
– Employment: 385,980
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Fairbanks, AK ($85,900)
— Lake Charles, LA ($85,360)
— Anchorage, AK ($82,890)

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#35. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $45,880
– #148 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 100

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,950
– Employment: 54,960
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,390)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,460)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($73,070)



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#34. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $46,270
– #239 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 170

National
– Annual mean salary: $62,400
– Employment: 50,660
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA ($98,380)
— Salt Lake City, UT ($94,070)
— Santa Rosa, CA ($92,800)



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#33. Construction and building inspectors

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $46,280
– #416 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 310

National
– Annual mean salary: $66,470
– Employment: 113,770
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New Haven, CT ($121,510)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,330)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,190)



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#32. Real estate sales agents

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $46,490
– #294 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 460

National
– Annual mean salary: $62,990
– Employment: 168,740
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Midland, TX ($100,060)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($99,880)
— Worcester, MA-CT ($93,400)



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#31. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $48,550
– #402 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 470

National
– Annual mean salary: $57,000
– Employment: 147,680
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Fairbanks, AK ($86,740)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($82,520)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,470)

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#30. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $49,510
– #483 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,770

National
– Annual mean salary: $62,010
– Employment: 1,427,260
– 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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#29. Food service managers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $50,670
– #450 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 420

National
– Annual mean salary: $61,000
– Employment: 197,010
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Trenton, NJ ($91,320)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($89,860)
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($87,750)



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#28. Metal-refining furnace operators and tenders

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $51,110
– #16 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 140

National
– Annual mean salary: $46,000
– Employment: 15,290
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Charleston-North Charleston, SC ($73,990)
— Salt Lake City, UT ($61,150)
— Duluth, MN-WI ($58,790)



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#27. Crane and tower operators

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $51,260
– #169 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 140

National
– Annual mean salary: $64,010
– Employment: 44,060
– 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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#26. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $51,570
– #219 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 290

National
– Annual mean salary: $61,860
– Employment: 122,480
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,680)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($90,370)
— Salinas, CA ($88,050)

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#25. Advertising sales agents

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $51,910
– #185 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 120

National
– Annual mean salary: $68,040
– Employment: 110,040
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($97,840)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,720)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($83,050)



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#24. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $51,990
– #46 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 160

National
– Annual mean salary: $51,440
– Employment: 105,400
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Huntsville, AL ($55,830)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,260)
— Wausau, WI ($55,060)



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#23. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $52,700
– #516 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,070

National
– Annual mean salary: $66,800
– Employment: 599,900
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
— Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
— West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($96,900)



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#22. Postal service clerks

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $52,840
– #217 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 120

National
– Annual mean salary: $51,200
– Employment: 86,950
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Houma-Thibodaux, LA ($59,410)
— Florence, SC ($59,360)
— Monroe, MI ($59,320)



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#21. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $53,210
– #377 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 390

National
– Annual mean salary: $65,230
– Employment: 503,390
– 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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#20. Postal service mail carriers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $53,310
– #323 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 640

National
– Annual mean salary: $53,180
– Employment: 333,570
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Modesto, CA ($57,160)
— Bismarck, ND ($57,090)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($56,820)



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#19. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $53,370
– #368 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 250

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,650
– Employment: 287,150
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
— Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area ($92,500)



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#18. Security and fire alarm systems installers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $54,700
– #42 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 430

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,150
– Employment: 68,920
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Eugene, OR ($70,940)
— Salem, OR ($68,640)
— Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($68,520)



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#17. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $54,750
– #516 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,550

National
– Annual mean salary: $72,990
– Employment: 614,080
– 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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#16. Transportation inspectors

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $56,410
– #84 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 70

National
– Annual mean salary: $81,320
– Employment: 27,360
– 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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#15. Real estate brokers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $57,670
– #82 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 40

National
– Annual mean salary: $81,630
– Employment: 44,610
– 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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#14. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $57,730
– #482 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,950

National
– Annual mean salary: $73,500
– Employment: 1,278,670
– 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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#13. Property, real estate, and community association managers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $58,290
– #246 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 420

National
– Annual mean salary: $73,210
– Employment: 219,800
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
— Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
— Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area ($105,220)



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

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $58,380
– #514 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,280

National
– Annual mean salary: $73,100
– Employment: 475,000
– 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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#11. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $58,480
– #486 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 550

National
– Annual mean salary: $90,120
– Employment: 240,290
– 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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#10. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $59,040
– #130 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 60

National
– Annual mean salary: $67,600
– Employment: 53,420
– 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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#9. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $59,500
– #384 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 310

National
– Annual mean salary: $74,410
– Employment: 114,930
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
— Salinas, CA ($110,180)
— North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area ($109,740)



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#8. Lodging managers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $60,730
– #126 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 40

National
– Annual mean salary: $65,270
– Employment: 31,790
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area ($122,290)
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)



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#7. Solar photovoltaic installers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $61,400
– #3 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 140

National
– Annual mean salary: $48,020
– Employment: 11,490
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Nevada nonmetropolitan area ($63,040)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($62,090)
— El Paso, TX ($61,400)



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#6. Petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $72,850
– #54 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 130

National
– Annual mean salary: $77,610
– Employment: 40,480
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($105,090)
— Alaska nonmetropolitan area ($101,900)
— St. Louis, MO-IL ($97,860)

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#5. Power plant operators

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $81,090
– #86 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 80

National
– Annual mean salary: $81,890
– Employment: 32,960
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Fresno, CA ($129,650)
— Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
— Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)



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#4. Commercial pilots

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $83,470
– #165 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 110

National
– Annual mean salary: $110,830
– Employment: 37,120
– 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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#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $83,750
– #352 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 360

National
– Annual mean salary: $105,100
– Employment: 132,210
– 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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#2. Detectives and criminal investigators

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $89,560
– #94 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,770

National
– Annual mean salary: $89,300
– Employment: 105,980
– 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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#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

El Paso, TX
– Annual mean salary: $107,340
– #69 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 200

National
– Annual mean salary: $97,180
– Employment: 122,310
– 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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