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High Paying Jobs for High School Graduates

Not everyone goes to college. If you have absolutely no interest in earning a college education, or it just does not align with your lifestyle or needs, then you should be comforted by the fact that there are wonderful and high-paying career options for you out there. We have compiled a list of some of the highest paying careers that are available to High School Graduates.

Take a look!

Elevator Installers and Repair Experts

Median annual wage: $80,870 
Typical training: Apprenticeship

Elevator Installers and Repair Experts are in a category that is hard to come by. It is not often that you can earn more than 80k per year with nothing more than a high school diploma. While the payoff is good, it is important to understand that the job itself can be difficult, demanding, and dangerous.

Transportation Inspectors

Median annual wage: $70,820 
Typical training: Moderate on-the-job training

Most Transportation Inspectors are taking home 70k each year, making this one of the highest paid positions that does not require a college degree. They do, however, have a great deal of responsibility and pressure associated with the position. Ensuring the safety of various modes of transportation is no picnic! If you're up to the task, however, this is certainly a job to consider.

Postmasters and Mail Superintendents

Median annual wage: $70,640 
Typical training: Moderate on-the-job training

While this job may not be in high demand in the future, it is one of the highest paying jobs out there for high school graduates. If you are organized and have great management skills, then this career might be right up your alley.

Casino Gaming Managers

Median annual wage: $70,000
 Typical training: None

Well, this one sure sounds fun! Gaming Managers work to ensure that things are running smoothly on the casino gaming floor. No college degree is required, and on average these managers are pulling in 70k a year! Sign us up!

Farmers and Ranchers

Median annual wage: $64,170
 Typical training: None

Farming is one of those careers that some people forget to consider, but the rewards can be huge! In addition to having the ability to be self sufficient and self-employed, farmers can pull in quite an impressive salary. Due to the nature of the job, however, profits can be unpredictable and unstable. A good work ethic is also essential!

Patrol Officer

Median annual wage: $59,000
 Typical training: Training Academy

This high-paying job is perfect for people who enjoy public service. It is important to remember, however, that these officers often work long hours and have a high rate of job- related injuries. It is certainly a pros and cons type of situation.

Sales Representative

Median annual wage: $55,000 
Typical training: None

If you have a strong sales pitch and like communicating with others, then this may be an excellent choice for you. Sales Representatives sell goods to businesses, agencies, and organizations. This rewarding career requires a lot of self-confidence and hunger for success!


Median annual wage: $51,000 
Typical training: None

We will always need plumbers, and their average salary proves just that! While the job can be unsettling and downright unsanitary at times, you usually compensate one for Defnitely one for the hard workers out there to consider.


Median annual wage: $52,000 
Typical training: None

Similar to plumbers, electricians are always needed in this world. Attention to detail is a must for this position, but with 52k a year, we imagine that won't be an issue.

Real Estate Agent

Median annual wage: $49,000
 Typical training: None

Are you good with people? Do you have the patience it takes to work with clients? Real Estate Agents often have flexible schedules, and spend much of their time out of the office. It's important to keep in mind, however, that agents work largely off of commission. What you put in, is what you get out!

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