11 High Paid Jobs That Don’t Require a College Degree, 2017

After analyzing data for 785 occupations, we pinpointed 11 mostly well-paying jobs in expanding fields that don’t require a college degree.

All of these professions call for some additional training, certification or work experience to get started—and in truth, having a college degree could boost your competitive advantage and earnings potential—but none requires a bachelor’s to ensure career success.

 

1. Elevator Installer

Median annual salary: $80,870 (All jobs: $43,233)

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

 

2. Commercial Pilot

Median annual salary: $75,744

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

 

3. Electrical Power-Line Installer

Median annual salary: $66,213

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

 

4. Office Support Supervisor

Median annual salary: $52,602

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

 

5. Industrial Machinery Mechanic

Median annual salary: $49,537

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

 

6. Computer User Support Specialist

Median annual salary: $48,685

Typical education: Some college

 

7. Surgical Technologist

Median annual salary: $45,064

Typical education: Postsecondary non-degree award

 

8. Licensed Practical Nurse

Median annual salary: $43,201

Typical education: Postsecondary non-degree award

 

9. Self-Enrichment Education Teachers

Median annual salary: $36,872

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

 

10. Dental Assistant

Median annual salary: $36,788

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

 

 

11. Home Health Aide

Median annual salary: $21,895

Typical education: High school diploma or equivalent

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