The 10 Best Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree


There’s a fun article on Xfinity listing the Top 10 Highest Paying jobs you can get with a High School degree.

Check them out:

 10. Boat/Water Vessel Captain (I guess they are assuming you might captain a submarine) – $64,000 – $117,000;;

 9. Gaming Manager (think Pit Boss in Vegas) – $66,000 – $116,000;

 8. Detective/Criminal Investigator – $68,000 – $119,000;

 7. Elevator Installer – $70,900 – $101,000 (Milk-a-what!? Who knew?);

 6. Web Developers – $75,000 – $119,000;

 5. Nuclear Power Plant Operator – $75,600 – $119,000 (yep, that’s right — Homer Simpson was banking on it);

 4. Police Chief – $78,000 – $123,000;

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 3. Construction Manager – $83,000 – $150,000;

 2. Software Developers – $87,000 – $133,000;

 1. Commercial Airline Pilot – $101,000 – $139,000

Three more worthy of the list

For my money I can think of three that they completely missed from their list:

  1. Drug Dealer – easily six figures, maybe seven if you got some street game.
  2. Professional Athlete – sure there aren’t many jobs, but it can pay well.
  3. Recruiter! (Holla!) – Say what you want, but a good headhunter can make some scratch!

Have a great week.

This was originally published on Tim Sackett’s blog, The Tim Sackett Project.

Tim Sackett, MS, SPHR is executive vice president of HRU Technical Resources, a contingent staffing firm in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of HR and talent background split evenly between corporate HR gigs among the Fortune 500 and the HR vendor community ? so he gets it from both sides of the desk. A frequent contributor to the talent blog Fistful of Talent, Tim also speaks at many HR conferences and events. Contact him here.


1 Comment on “The 10 Best Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree

  1. Drug Dealer is a Criminal activity, not a profession.
    Also it’s not a “job you can get” you just start selling drugs.

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