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Highest Pay Jobs without a High School Diploma

9. Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.

Annual mean wage: $44,100

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