Most people think you need a college degree or even a graduate degree to get a high paying job. While that is largely true, there are some high paying jobs to be had that just require a high school diploma–you just need to know where to look. For instance, did you know how much it pays to be a specialized electrician? What about a nuclear power operator? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
Per data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top paying jobs that don’t require a college degree. Keep in mind they still might require job experience, certifications or licenses. Even so, these jobs offer some definite inspiration for career paths to consider. And a major plus, no student loans! Huzzah!
10. Media and communication equipment worker
Median annual wage: $79,580
What they do: In this job you will install and repair audio and visual equipment.
9. Power plant operator
Median annual wage: $79,610
What they do: In this job, you operate and maintain power generators.
8. Elevator installer and repair person
Median annual wage: $79, 780
What they do: In this job you will fix and maintain elevators, escalators and other lifts.
7. Powerhouse electrician
Median annual wage: $80,200
What they do: You’ll specialize in maintaining electrical equipment at power generating stations.
Median annual wage: $81,920
What they do: You’ll collect and gather evidence for criminal cases as this type of law enforcement officer.
5. Commercial pilot
Median annual pay: $82,240
What they do: These high paid pilots usually work as pilots for charter flights or aerial tours.
4. Power distributor and dispatcher
Median annual pay: $86,410
What they do: In this job you’ll control the flow of electricity from stations to users.
3. Police and detective supervisor
Median annual wage: $89,030
What they do: Supervise and coordinate police forces.
2. Nuclear power reactor operator
Median annual wage: $94,350
What they do: These workers control nuclear reactors
1. Transportation and storage distribution manager
Median annual wage: $94,730
What they do: This is a managerial job in which you would oversee the allocation of shipping of merchandise.