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June 02, 2009
25 Highest-Paying Jobs Requiring On-the-Job Training
What are the highest-paying occupations among those that don’t require a college degree? The following are the top 25 highest-paying jobs by median hourly wages that require work experience or on-the-job training.
  1. Air Traffic Controllers $54.29/hour; $112,900/annual
  2. Managers, All Other* $41.67; $86,700
  3. Industrial Production Managers $38.73; $80,600
  4. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $36.69; $76,300
  5. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Police and Detectives $34.91; $72,600
  6. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $33.85; $70,400
  7. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $32.82; $68,300
  8. Elevator Installers and Repairers $32.69; $68,000
  9. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers $32.22; $67,000
  10. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers $31.27; $65,000
  11. Gaming Managers $30.97; $64,400
  12. Power Distributors and Dispatchers $30.44; $63,300
  13. Flight Attendants (hourly N/A); $61,100
  14. Detectives and Criminal Investigators $28.81; $59,900
  15. Real Estate Brokers $28.30; $58,900
  16. Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters $28.20; $58,700
  17. Postmasters and Mail Superintendents $27.84; $57,900
  18. Locomotive Engineers $27.65; $57,500
  19. Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels $27.50; $57,200
  20. Power Plant Operators $27.23; $56,600
  21. Ship Engineers $26.97; $56,100
  22. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers $26.90; $56,000
  23. t-Line Supervisors/Managers of Correctional Officers $26.79; $55,700
  24. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers $26.63; $55,400
  25. Gas Plant Operators $26.27; $54,600
(*includes all managers not listed separately)

America’s Career InfoNet ( provides data from a variety of federal and state sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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