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Top 100 New Collar Jobs In America: Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A College Degree

Landing a job that will pay you good bucks doesn’t always require a degree. In fact, there are many professions in the world for which the required qualification is always less than a bachelor’s degree. CEOWORLD magazine in partnership with the Global Business Policy Institute brings to you a curated list of high paying jobs you can get without a college degree.

The median annual wage for all jobs in the United States is $38,640. “New-collar jobs,” also known as “middle-skill jobs,” are those that require certain hard skills, but do not necessarily require a four-year college degree (or an extensive work history). There are jobs that require only a high school diploma or an equivalent education that pay more than double that.

CEOWORLD magazine reviewed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections, Educational attainment for workers 25 years and older by detailed occupation and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics to determine the highest-paying jobs you can get without a college degree. Here is a list of 100 of the top new-collar jobs, offer good salaries, and are in high demand.

Top 100 Highest Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A College Degree

RankJob TitleTotal JobsAnnual Median Salary% Without Degree
1Nuclear Power Reactor Operators5,050$100,530 61.4%
2Construction Managers293,380$95,260 58.0%
3Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers132,040$94,560 60.9%
4Power Distributors and Dispatchers10,770$90,700 61.4%
5Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers28,350$84,990 81.2%
6Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay22,650$82,780 59.9%
7Nuclear Technicians6,420$82,080 50.0%
8Power Plant Operators33,620$81,990 61.4%
9Transportation Inspectors30,020$75,820 66.2%
10Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance3,400$75,730 80.7%
11Gambling Managers4,450$74,970 62.9%
12Ship Engineers8,410$74,610 79.1%
13Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers40,370$74,180 75.9%
14Signal and Track Switch Repairers6,860$73,890 78.4%
15Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers111,660$72,520 80.4%
16Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels33,370$72,340 68.1%
17Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers5,060$71,160 65.5%
18Gas Plant Operators14,410$70,710 75.9%
19Orthotists and Prosthetists9,830$68,410 50.6%
20Subway and Streetcar Operators10,730$67,880 75.7%
21First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers485,700$67,460 73.4%
22Locomotive Engineers35,520$67,090 76.8%
23First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers626,180$66,210 81.2%
24Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators3,440$66,160 82.2%
25Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians11,540$66,020 57.2%
26Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters45,710$65,990 73.2%
27Avionics Technicians21,750$65,700 58.8%
28Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians122,550$65,260 57.2%
29Cost Estimators210,000$65,250 51.3%
30Patternmakers, Wood370$64,880 77.4%
31Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians133,310$64,090 66.9%
32First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers46,430$63,730 58.8%
33Boilermakers15,820$63,100 86.9%
34Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other88,330$62,990 57.2%
35Pile Driver Operators3,540$62,600 91.8%
36Chemical Plant and System Operators28,840$62,550 75.9%
37Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment9,790$62,530 59.9%
38Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators32,520$62,150 75.1%
39Fire Inspectors and Investigators13,710$61,660 62.5%
40First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers631,100$61,310 73.9%
41Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants542,690$60,890 61.1%
42Construction and Building Inspectors110,420$60,710 55.0%
43Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators and Locomotive Firers11,080$60,260 76.8%
44Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators102,390$60,140 71.8%
45Hoist and Winch Operators4,800$59,720 93.1%
46Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment58,930$59,300 59.9%
47Model Makers, Wood810$59,260 77.4%
48Roof Bolters, Mining3,140$59,090 87.4%
49Tapers17,970$59,070 94.3%
50Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other10,570$58,720 54.7%
51Plant and System Operators, All Other12,950$58,390 75.9%
52Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians14,290$58,350 57.2%
53Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door52,270$58,100 81.9%
54Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers208,480$57,910 66.5%
55Fish and Game Wardens6,800$57,500 53.3%
56Model Makers, Metal and Plastic4,300$57,020 84.2%
57Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians42,820$56,980 57.2%
58Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers120,900$56,750 76.5%
59Crane and Tower Operators45,480$56,690 90.2%
60First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers1,487,870$56,620 52.1%
61Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians67,110$56,550 57.2%
62Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers25,570$56,450 81.1%
63Rail Car Repairers25,930$56,390 82.5%
64Electricians688,620$56,180 76.9%
65Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators16,180$56,100 87.1%
66Millwrights47,320$55,560 82.8%
67Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Installers and Repairers14,370$55,380 66.5%
68Food Service Managers235,470$55,320 64.8%
69Continuous Mining Machine Operators14,630$55,280 90.4%
70Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters442,870$55,160 87.4%
71First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors455,390$55,060 70.8%
72Wellhead Pumpers12,970$55,040 82.2%
73Structural Iron and Steel Workers76,570$55,040 89.8%
74Rotary Drill Operators, Oil and Gas21,010$54,980 89.0%
75Loading and Moving Machine Operators, Underground Mining4,200$54,210 90.9%
76Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers42,940$54,210 83.8%
77Refractory Materials Repairers, Except Brickmasons820$53,990 78.0%
78Tool and Die Makers70,770$53,920 79.9%
79Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors9,500$53,850 70.8%
80Industrial Machinery Mechanics387,630$53,590 78.0%
81Hearing Aid Specialists8,210$53,420 50.6%
82Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians68,870$53,410 57.2%
83Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines147,800$53,370 82.5%
84Brickmasons and Blockmasons60,650$53,100 92.2%
85Wind Turbine Service Technicians5,960$52,910 78.4%
86Terrazzo Workers and Finishers2,970$52,180 96.7%
87Rail Transportation Workers, All Other2,650$51,600 75.7%
88Chefs and Head Cooks128,190$51,530 69.5%
89Postal Service Mail Carriers339,650$51,310 72.6%
90Geological and Hydrologic Technicians17,110$51,130 50.0%
91Riggers23,000$50,860 86.5%
92Firefighters324,620$50,850 54.4%
93First-Line Supervisors of Gambling Services Workers29,420$50,710 73.1%
94Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians18,010$50,620 57.2%
95Miscellaneous First-Line Supervisors, Protective Service Workers82,590$50,490 53.1%
96Sheet Metal Workers131,300$50,400 85.9%
97Underground Mining Machine Operators and Extraction Workers, All Other13,790$50,160 90.9%
98Bridge and Lock Tenders3,150$50,110 76.3%
99Commercial Divers3,420$49,980 78.4%
100Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic8,150$49,940 88.3%

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Sophie Ireland

Sophie Ireland

Contributors Editor
Sophie Ireland is the Contributors Editor at for CEOWORLD magazine, where she covers hiring trends, money, the future of work, and lists and rankings, and all things related to professional success for readers. She has ten years of experience in research, spanning market research, data analytics, macroeconomics, and financial services. She can be reached on email You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.