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20 Big-Salary Jobs, No Degree Required
While the importance of earning a college degree to secure a good job has been ingrained in our brains
for as long we can remember, a four-year degree is not the only path to a successful career.
Though schooling is a great way to develop skills and will no doubt enhance your credibility, a college
education is no longer a requirement to securing a well-paying salary. Despite the fact that college
graduates earn an average of $1 million more than high school graduates during their careers, according
to the U.S. Census Bureau, it is possible to land a lucrative position otherwise.
Additionally, workers with a high school education or less have an abundance of positions open to them.
In 2006, 66 million jobs -- about 44 percent of the total -- were available to workers with less than a high
school education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2016, there are expected to be 71
million jobs available to these workers.
Just because these jobs don't require a college degree, however, doesn't mean that they don't require
hard work or extensive training. Here are 20 of the highest-paying jobs that don't require a degree,
according to

1. Margin department supervisor

Salary: $83,579/year
Primary duties: Overseeing a company's credit department, which manages customer credit accounts
and approves or denies credit to customers.

2. Air traffic controller

Salary: $74,922/year
Primary duties: Controlling air traffic around airports according to established procedures and policies to
ensure flight safety.

3. Automobile service station manager

Salary: $72,246/year

Primary duties: Supervising gas stations and planning and implementing policy and procedure like hours
of operation, workers' duties and prices for products and services.

4. Real-estate broker
Salary: $71,994/year
Primary duties: Securing real-estate transactions, selling real estate, renting properties and arranging

5. Web surfer
Salary: $70,604/year
Primary duties: Scouring through multiple Web sites to analyze and compare information and user
experiences to collect information to help companies understand online users' behaviors.

6. Lead carpenter
Salary: $63,345/year
Primary duties: Leading the on-site completion of construction projects and performing all types of
carpentry work and finishing.

7. Cable supervisor
Salary: $60,887/year
Primary duties: Supervising the activities of workers engaged in installation, maintenance and cable

8. Chemical supervisor
Salary: $57,472/year

Primary duties: Overseeing workers who make chemical products, verifying that chemical processes are

9. Home-care aide supervisor

Salary: $56,157/year
Primary duties: Directing aides who care for elderly or disabled people in a home environment, and
monitoring the quality and quantity of services provided.

10. Medical facility housekeeping manager

Salary: $55,368/year
Primary duties: Managing the workers and housekeeping program in medical facilities to uphold sanitary
and orderly conditions.

11. Flight service manager

Salary: $54,350/year
Primary duties: Ensuring that flight attendants conform to personal appearance and preflight
requirements; compiling flight reports.

12. Locomotive engineer

Salary: $54,084/year
Primary duties: Driving electric, diesel-electric or gas-turbine-electric trains to transport passengers or

13. Interior aircraft assembly supervisor

Salary: $53,606/year

Primary duties: Supervising the assembly of everything for the inside of an aircraft from mechanics to

14. Painting supervisor

Salary: $51,977/year
Primary duties: Overseeing all painting activities such as mixing paint, preparing surfaces before
painting and applying decorative or protective finishes to various structures.

15. Gas plant operator

Salary: $51,676/year
Primary duties: Maintaining certain pressures in pipelines to produce and/or transport natural gas.

16. Payroll supervisor

Salary: $51,410/year
Primary duties: Managing employees working on company payroll, ensuring that pay calculation is in
accordance with company policy, government regulations and tax codes.

17. Assembly supervisor

Salary: $50,462/year
Primary duties: Overseeing workers who use power tools and other equipment to assemble products.

18. Credit and collection supervisor

Salary: $50,330/year
Primary duties: Supervising employees engaged in the review of credit risks and collections; may also
review client credit history to grant or deny extensions of credit.

19. Data control supervisor

Salary: $50,310/year
Primary duties: Managing data entry workers and assuming responsibility for those workers' tasks to be
complete and accurate; may sometimes assist with assignments.

20. Reimbursement recovery specialist

Salary: $49,246/year
Primary duties: Negotiating cases where third-party liability reimbursement exists by investigating and
identifying responsible third parties, then paying out those parties.