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25 Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree

BySammi Caramela,
business.com writer
| Last Modified
Oct 24, 2018
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College isn't for everyone. While you might believe you need to earn at least a bachelor's degree to get a decent-paying job, that isn't the case. Sure, high degrees like MBAs or Ph.D.s can certainly set you apart from other candidates, but you can land a solid career without one.

If you're short on time or money, or simply aren't interested in continuing your education to get a degree, don't fret – there are plenty of other options that will find you success, from trade schools to onsite training. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top 25 highest-paying jobs you can get without a four-year degree – each with salaries of more than $70,000.


25. Job: Transit and railroad police 
Salary: $70,280 
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent 
Experience: None

24. Job: Captains, mates and pilots of water vessels
Salary:
$70,920
Level of education: Postsecondary nondegree award
Experience: Less than 5 years

23. Job: Diagnostic medical sonographers
Salary:
$71,410
Level of education: Associate's degree
Experience: None

22. Job: First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
Salary:
$71,650
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: Less than 5 years

21. Job: Transportation inspectors
Salary:
$72,140
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: None

20. Job: Gaming managers
Salary:
$72,930
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: Less than 5 years

19. Job: Ship engineers
Salary:
$73,110
Level of education: Postsecondary nondegree award
Experience: Less than 5 years

18. Job: Dental hygienists 
Salary: 
$74,070 
Level of education: Associate's degree 
Experience: None 

17. Job: Postmasters and mail superintendents
Salary:
$74,840
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: Less than 5 years

16. Job: Nuclear medicine technologists
Salary:
$75,660
Level of education: Associate's degree
Experience: None

15. Job: First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers
Salary:
$76,170
Level of education: Postsecondary nondegree award
Experience: Less than 5 years

14. Job: Power plant operators
Salary:
$77,180
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: None

13. Job: Funeral service managers
Salary:
$78,040
Level of education: Associate's degree
Experience: Less than 5 years

12. Job: Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay
Salary:
$78,410
Level of education: Postsecondary nondegree award
Experience: Less than 5 years

11. Job: Commercial pilots 
Salary: 
$78,740 
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent 
Experience: None

10. Job: Elevator installers and repairers
Salary:
$79,480
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: None

9. Job: Media and communication equipment workers
Salary:
$79,500 Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: None

8. Job: Detectives and criminal investigators
Salary:
$79,970
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: Less than 5 years

7. Job: Nuclear technicians
Salary:
$80,370
Level of education: Associate's degree
Experience: None

6. Job: Radiation therapists
Salary:
$80,570
Level of education: Associate's degree
Experience: None

5. Job: Power distributors and dispatchers
Salary:
$82,510
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: None

4. Job: First-line supervisors of police and detectives
Salary:
$87,910
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: Less than 5 years

3. Job: Transportation, storage and distribution managers
Salary:
$92,460
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: At least 5 years

2. Job: Nuclear power reactor operators
Salary:
$93,370
Level of education: High school diploma or equivalent
Experience: None

1. Job: Air traffic controllers
Salary:
$124,540
Level of education: Associate's degree
Experience: None

Sammi Caramela
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Sammi Caramela has always loved words. When she isn't working as a Business.com and Business News Daily staff writer, she's writing (and furiously editing) her first novel, reading a YA book with a third cup of coffee, or attending local pop-punk concerts. Sammi loves hearing from readers - so don't hesitate to reach out! Check out her short stories in Night Light: Haunted Tales of Terror, which is sold on Amazon.
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