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Highest Pay Jobs without a High School Diploma

2. Gas Compressor and Gas Pumping Station Operators

Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. Transmit, compress, or recover gases, such as butane, nitrogen, hydrogen, and natural gas.

Annual mean wage: $51,150

Highest-Paying Jobs Without a High School Diploma


Methodology: Excluded were occupations with fewer than 10,000 jobs nationwide or lacking sufficient data. Pay includes base rate, cost-of-living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay and incentive pay, including commissions, production bonuses and tips. Data were released in April 2013 for the year 2012.

Sources: Bloomberg News, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Education-Portal.com