10 jobs offering big pay without a college degree

No bachelor’s? No problem. We’ve got the lowdown on which jobs take home the biggest paychecks with just a high school degree.

10 jobs offering big pay without a college degree

Set your sights on a great career.

Think you need a college degree to net a solid paycheck? Think again. You can snag a number of high-paying jobswithout a degree under your belt. And we’ve got the data to back it up.

Monster consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ research on occupational outlook (which includes the median pay for thousands of careers), and identified the ten high-paying jobs requiring only a high school diploma. With student debt adding up to about $1.3 trillion nationally—yes, trillion—it’s surprising how little attention is paid to the fact that you can still earn a substantial wage without shackling yourself to a crippling college loan.

In fact, all of the jobs we’ve collected here take home over $55,000, which above the national average wage index of around $52,145.08. That said, salaries will depend on your level of experience, your specialty, and where in the country you're employed. For example, a boilermaker salary in Lewes, Delaware, is 11% higher than the national median and a criminal investigator salary in Modesto, California, is 12% higher than the national median.

Curious if one of them is right for you? Take a look at the full list of high-paying jobs without a degree:

 

10. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Median salary: $60,440

Job outlook, 2018–28: 3%

 

9. Wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives

Median salary: $61,660

Job outlook, 2018–28: 2%

 

8. Boilermakers

Median salary: $62,150

Job outlook, 2018–28: 6%

 

7. Police and detectives

Median salary: $63,380

Job outlook, 2018–28: 5%

 

6. Electric power line installers and repairers

Median salary: $65,880

Job outlook, 2018–28: 4%

 

5. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Median salary: $65,670

Job outlook, 2018–28: -4%

 

4. Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers

Median salary: $67,950

Job outlook, 2018–28: -1%

 

3. Power plant operators, distributors and dispatchers

Median salary: $83,020

Job outlook, 2018–28: -6%

 

2. Elevator installers and repairers

Median salary: $79,780

Job outlook, 2018–28: 10%

 

1. Airline and commercial pilots

Median salary: $115,670

Job outlook, 2018–28: 6%

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