Though a postsecondary education improves one’s chances of finding a high-paying job, college enrollment has been declining in the United States in recent years, likely due to rising tuition costs. However, though a bachelor’s degree greatly increases an individual’s earnings potential, there are still many high-paying jobs that do not require higher education but instead value experience, training, and skill.
While the median income of a typical American adult with at least a bachelor’s degree is $52,782, the median income of those with a high school diploma is just $31,600 per year. Some jobs that do not require a college education, however, pay well more than the median across all education levels.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed Bureau of Labor Statistics occupation data to find the 50 highest paying jobs that do not require a college education.
Some of these jobs are in management roles and higher-ranking positions, accessible to those who worked their way up from low-level positions at jobs that do not require a degree, such as law enforcement or sales. Many of these jobs require years of on-the-job experience or training, and some require specific credentials or licenses.
None of these 50 jobs requires a bachelor’s degree, and yet they all make at thousands more than the typical American worker’s wage of $37,360. The median income of 10 jobs on this list is more than double the national median.