STACKER (WBRE/WYOU) — 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.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-paying jobs for high school graduates in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hazleton using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by the 2021 annual mean wage.

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#50. Bus drivers, transit and intercity

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $48,310
– #56 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 280

National
– Annual mean salary: $48,110
– Employment: 162,850
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,940)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($69,310)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($67,370)

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#49. Welding, soldering, and brazing machine setters, operators, and tenders

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $48,330
– #17 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 30

National
– Annual mean salary: $41,320
– Employment: 33,150
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($70,440)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($58,640)
— Wichita, KS ($56,010)

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#48. Machinists

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $48,500
– #185 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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#47. Computer numerically controlled tool operators

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $48,640
– #53 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 420

National
– Annual mean salary: $44,300
– Employment: 149,120
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($70,030)
— Waco, TX ($63,080)
— Springfield, MA-CT ($57,930)

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#46. Advertising sales agents

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $48,830
– #224 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 130

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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#45. Carpenters

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $49,090
– #200 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 920

National
– Annual mean salary: $54,200
– Employment: 699,300
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($81,730)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,680)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,280)https://807ffe372bdde129333141d6c1a750de.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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#43 (tie). Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $49,180
– #22 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 30

National
– Annual mean salary: $48,050
– Employment: 18,650
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Springfield, MA-CT ($70,330)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($62,120)
— Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($57,460)

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#43 (tie). Security and fire alarm systems installers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $49,180
– #92 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 150

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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#42. Real estate sales agents

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $49,310
– #258 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 70

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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#41. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $49,750
– #109 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,070

National
– Annual mean salary: $47,990
– Employment: 138,820
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($75,570)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($67,900)
— New Haven, CT ($63,790)

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#40. Production, planning, and expediting clerks

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $49,850
– #242 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 450

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,000
– Employment: 362,090
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Idaho Falls, ID ($74,970)
— Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($71,160)
— West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area ($67,770)

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#39. Private detectives and investigators

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $51,360
– #72 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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#38. Maintenance workers, machinery

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $51,940
– #134 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 50

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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#37. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $52,680
– #234 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 970

National
– Annual mean salary: $55,280
– Employment: 402,870
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,910)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($91,860)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,120)

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#36. Postal service mail carriers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $54,090
– #182 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 680

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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#35. Postal service clerks

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $54,100
– #128 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 140

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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#34. Millwrights

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $54,130
– #134 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 80

National
– Annual mean salary: $59,080
– Employment: 44,400
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,590)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,580)
— Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($80,780)

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#33. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $54,470
– #211 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 400

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)https://807ffe372bdde129333141d6c1a750de.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $54,550
– #5 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 150

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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#31. Lodging managers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $54,860
– #170 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 60

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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#30. Chefs and head cooks

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $54,900
– #156 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 150

National
– Annual mean salary: $58,740
– Employment: 101,490
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
— Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area ($79,820)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)

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#29. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $54,950
– #109 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 50

National
– Annual mean salary: $68,170
– Employment: 29,550
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
— South Illinois nonmetropolitan area ($101,630)

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#28. Brickmasons and blockmasons

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $56,390
– #103 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 110

National
– Annual mean salary: $58,420
– Employment: 59,940
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($95,980)
— Decatur, IL ($92,670)
— Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($89,340)

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#27. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $56,700
– #106 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 250

National
– Annual mean salary: $51,890
– Employment: 119,380
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,980)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,370)
— Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($87,990)

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#26. Industrial machinery mechanics

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $56,730
– #266 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 960

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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#25. Sheet metal workers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $56,800
– #129 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 130

National
– Annual mean salary: $55,320
– Employment: 128,220
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
— Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)

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#24. Structural iron and steel workers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $57,130
– #82 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 50

National
– Annual mean salary: $58,650
– Employment: 71,490
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
— Western Washington nonmetropolitan area ($84,570)https://807ffe372bdde129333141d6c1a750de.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

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

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $57,190
– #378 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,140

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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#22. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $57,270
– #251 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 300

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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#21. Construction and building inspectors

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $57,630
– #248 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 190

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

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $58,070
– #228 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,480

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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#19. Food service managers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $58,620
– #252 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 270

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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#18. Elevator and escalator installers and repairers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $59,910
– #56 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 40

National
– Annual mean salary: $86,200
– Employment: 24,730
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,290)
— Kansas City, MO-KS ($113,590)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($113,480)

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#17. Crane and tower operators

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $60,020
– #90 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 60

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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#16. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $60,950
– #170 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 460

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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#15. Correctional officers and jailers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $61,600
– #46 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 920

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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#14. Property, real estate, and community association managers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $62,720
– #173 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 140

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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#13. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $63,940
– #347 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,900

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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#12. Electricians

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $66,230
– #115 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 820

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

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $67,950
– #156 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,320

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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#10. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $70,250
– #167 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 680

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

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $71,760
– #205 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 880

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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#8. Insurance sales agents

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $72,220
– #84 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 460

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,100
– Employment: 409,950
– 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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#7. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $72,730
– #40 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 140

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

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $75,560
– #122 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 950

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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#5. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $86,050
– #224 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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#4. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $86,770
– #131 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 290

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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#3. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $88,360
– #24 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 70

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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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $88,720
– #304 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 270

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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#1. Detectives and criminal investigators

Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA
– Annual mean salary: $90,450
– #83 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 120

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)