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Highest Pay Jobs without a High School Diploma

8. Tapers

Wind wire coils used in electrical components, such as resistors and transformers, and in electrical equipment and instruments, such as field cores, bobbins, armature cores, electrical motors, generators, and control equipment.

Annual mean wage: $45,290

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