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No college degree needed for these high-paying jobs

While a bachelor’s degree can increase a person’s earning potential, there are some jobs that value experience, skill and training and don’t require a diploma. | Adobe Stock Photo

While a bachelor’s degree can increase a person’s earning potential, there are some jobs that value experience, skill and training and don’t require a diploma.

For the typical American adult with at least a degree from a four-year college or university, the median income is $52,782, compared to $31,600 of those with a high school diploma, according to 24/7’s findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are 10 of the 50 highest paying jobs that don’t require higher education

  • Nuclear power reactor operators – Median annual wage: $93,370
  • Elevator installers and repairers – Median annual wage: $79,480
  • Commercial pilots – Median annual wage: $78,740
  • Gaming managers – Median annual wage: $72,930
  • Signal and track switch repairers – Median annual wage: $68,400
  • Subway and streetcar operators – Median annual wage: $66,420
  • Insurance appraisers, auto damage – Median annual wage: $62,100
  • Makeup artists, theatrical and performance – Median annual wage: $59,300
  • Real estate and community association managers – Median annual wage: $58,670
  • USPS mail sorters – Median annual wage: $57,260