10 Best-Paying Jobs for High School Graduates

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187484684As the cost of attending college increases each year, some high school graduates may wonder how well they could do without a college degree. While occupations that only require a high school diploma are often low-paying jobs, several pay well above the median wage.

Managers in transportation, storage and distribution — the people who make ordering from, say, Amazon.com possible — earned a median income of $83,890 in 2013. In fact, each of the jobs on this list had a median salary of more than $60,000 annually as of last year, well above the national median wage of $35,080 as of 2013. Based on figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics database, these are the highest paying jobs for high school graduates.

The risks associated with many of these jobs may be one factor driving up pay. Gas plant operators often must come into contact with…

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