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Highest Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree


To identify the highest paying jobs that do not require a college degree, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed annual median wage estimates for all occupations from the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of Labor. Wage data are from the May 2018 survey. The typical education needed to enter the 20 occupations listed — high school diploma or equivalent, no formal education credential, postsecondary nondegree award, and some college but no degree — came from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections program. Full- and part-time occupations are counted across all employment types, including federal, state, and local governments, as well as all private establishments. The Employment Projections program includes self-employed workers. The OES excludes self-employed workers.

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