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Highest Pay Jobs without a High School Diploma

4. Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining

Operate underground loading machine to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttle or mine car or onto conveyors. Loading equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.

Annual mean wage: $48,420

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