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December 11, 2007
25 Highest-Paying Occupations Requiring On-the-Job Training
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t to be among the highest-paid workers in the country? Get trained to become an air traffic controller--individuals in this occupation are receiving a median hourly wage that is head and shoulders above that of any other occupation requiring work experience or on-the-job training, according to a report by the Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The median hourly wage in 2006 for air traffic controllers was $56.37, over $16 higher than any other occupation requiring work experience or on-the-job training.

Ten of the highest-paying occupations on the list are managerial or supervisory positions, including industrial production managers (3rd on the list), transportation, storage, and distribution managers (4), first-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives (6), and first-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers (7).

Other occupations of note that made the list were elevator operators and repairers (9th on the list with a median wage of $30.59 per hour), post masters and mail superintendents (16, $28.62/hour) and captains, mates and pilots of water vessels (23, $25.69/hour).

The chart below reflects the median hourly and annual wages in 2006 for the highest-paid occupations requiring work experience or on-the-job training.

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Occupation Median wages, 2006
Hourly Annual
1 Air Traffic Controllers $56.37 $117,200
2 Managers, All Other $39.66 $82,500
3 Industrial Production Managers $37.34 $77,700
4 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $35.14 $73,100
5 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $33.35 $69,400
6 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives $33.32 $69,300
7 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers $31.49 $65,500
8 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $30.98 $64,400
9 Elevator Installers and Repairers $30.59 $63,600
10 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers $30.24 $62,900
11 Gaming Managers $30.20 $62,800
12 Power Distributors and Dispatchers $30.09 $62,600
13 Real Estate Brokers $29.23 $60,800
14 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $28.01 $58,300
15 Locomotive Engineers $27.88 $58,000
16 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents $26.82 $55,800
17 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters $26.70 $55,500
18 Power Plant Operators $26.44 $55,000
19 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers $25.91 $53,900
20 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers $25.89 $53,900
21 Flight Attendants N/A $53,800
22 Gas Plant Operators $25.80 $53,700
23 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels $25.69 $53,400
24 Cost Estimators $25.45 $52,900
25 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers $25.28 $52,600
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