From the moment they arrive on campus, today’s high school students are inundated with messages about the importance of receiving a college education. They hear it from their guidance counselors, teachers, parents, family members, neighbors, and coaches. While graduation from a four-year college can certainly work wonders for students’ future careers, it’s not necessary for all fields — something admissions officers and guidance counselors sometimes fail to mention.

To find the highest paying jobs that don’t require a college degree, Stacker consulted the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to compile a list of all jobs that don’t require higher education. All professions that listed a high school diploma, some college education (without a degree conferred), postsecondary nondegree award, or no formal education requirements for entry-level positions were considered. Jobs that didn’t list any entry-level education requirement were excluded, as were job titles that grouped several positions together. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage.

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Keep reading to discover the highest paying jobs in San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA that don’t require a college degree.

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#50. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $78,320
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,070

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,540
– Employment: 155,250
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,320)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($77,210)
— Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($72,760)

#49. Carpenters

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $78,680
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 4,750

National
– Annual mean salary: $55,190
– Employment: 668,060
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($81,730)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($78,680)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,280)

#48. Tax preparers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $79,470
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 630

National
– Annual mean salary: $51,080
– Employment: 83,190
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
— Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)

#47. Chefs and head cooks

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $79,600
– #3 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,110

National
– Annual mean salary: $56,920
– Employment: 129,810
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Leominster-Gardner, MA ($81,020)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,600)
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($79,430)

#46. Lodging managers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $80,030
– #22 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 180

National
– Annual mean salary: $67,770
– Employment: 35,920
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)

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#45. Telecommunications line installers and repairers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $80,440
– #15 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 850

National
– Annual mean salary: $62,250
– Employment: 101,530
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($90,680)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($90,370)
— Salinas, CA ($88,050)

#44. Surgical technologists

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $80,450
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 730

National
– Annual mean salary: $53,590
– Employment: 109,060
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,450)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($80,170)
— Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($77,460)

#43. Title examiners, abstractors, and searchers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $80,460
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 110

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,390
– Employment: 51,040
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,390)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($80,460)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($73,070)

#42. Structural iron and steel workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $81,760
– #9 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 230

National
– Annual mean salary: $61,270
– Employment: 68,620
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,020)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($88,250)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($83,340)

#41. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $82,050
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 8,330

National
– Annual mean salary: $63,380
– Employment: 1,443,630
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,050)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($79,520)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($78,430)

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#40. Advertising sales agents

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $83,050
– #3 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: data not available

National
– Annual mean salary: $66,540
– Employment: 96,660
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($97,840)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,720)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($83,050)

#39. Property, real estate, and community association managers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $83,420
– #30 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,350

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,030
– Employment: 234,680
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($109,540)
— Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($106,420)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($103,610)

#38. First-line supervisors of production and operating workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $84,200
– #12 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,240

National
– Annual mean salary: $67,330
– Employment: 629,420
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Baton Rouge, LA ($98,170)
— Lake Charles, LA ($97,910)
— Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($90,410)

#37. Surveying and mapping technicians

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $84,710
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 350

National
– Annual mean salary: $49,810
– Employment: 56,070
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($84,710)
— Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($77,840)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($76,960)

#36. Drywall and ceiling tile installers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $86,380
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,460

National
– Annual mean salary: $54,810
– Employment: 97,070
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,380)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($82,560)
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($81,460)

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#35. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $86,470
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 340

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,470
– Employment: 125,440
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,470)
— Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($86,370)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($85,860)

#34. Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators, surface mining

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $86,630
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 100

National
– Annual mean salary: $49,850
– Employment: 35,720
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,740)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,630)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($83,090)

#33. Sheet metal workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $86,750
– #4 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,390

National
– Annual mean salary: $58,760
– Employment: 122,630
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Fairbanks, AK ($101,150)
— Kennewick-Richland, WA ($94,930)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,840)

#32. Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $89,080
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 80

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,650
– Employment: 10,710
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($89,080)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($87,130)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($86,160)

#31. Control and valve installers and repairers, except mechanical door

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $89,430
– #6 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 210

National
– Annual mean salary: $67,310
– Employment: 44,870
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA ($98,380)
— Salt Lake City, UT ($94,070)
— Santa Rosa, CA ($92,800)

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#30. Power plant operators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $89,870
– #36 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 40

National
– Annual mean salary: $83,740
– Employment: 28,960
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Fresno, CA ($129,650)
— Wenatchee, WA ($123,180)
— Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA ($114,660)

#29. Electricians

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $91,090
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 4,380

National
– Annual mean salary: $63,310
– Employment: 650,580
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,900)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,090)
— Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($86,600)

#28. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $91,120
– #3 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,130

National
– Annual mean salary: $56,280
– Employment: 404,820
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,910)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($91,860)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,120)

#27. Crane and tower operators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $91,320
– #6 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 130

National
– Annual mean salary: $65,270
– Employment: 43,400
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($131,160)
— Syracuse, NY ($103,350)
— Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($99,990)

#26. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $92,370
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 390

National
– Annual mean salary: $52,320
– Employment: 121,150
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,980)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,370)
— Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV ($87,990)

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#25. Transportation inspectors

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $92,670
– #18 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 180

National
– Annual mean salary: $77,620
– Employment: 25,070
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Portland-South Portland, ME ($112,260)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($111,930)
— Anchorage, AK ($108,140)

#24. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $93,030
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,230

National
– Annual mean salary: $73,590
– Employment: 526,240
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($93,830)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,030)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,870)

#23. Computer numerically controlled tool programmers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $93,600
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 350

National
– Annual mean salary: $62,360
– Employment: 25,800
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($93,600)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($92,910)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,660)

#22. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $94,580
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,440

National
– Annual mean salary: $63,350
– Employment: 417,620
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,580)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,500)
— Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($89,190)

#21. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $94,590
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 4,830

National
– Annual mean salary: $66,870
– Employment: 466,910
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,590)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($87,760)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($87,420)

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#20. Correctional officers and jailers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $96,580
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 910

National
– Annual mean salary: $53,420
– Employment: 392,600
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($96,580)
— Salinas, CA ($89,100)
— Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($86,260)

#19. Public safety telecommunicators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $97,380
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 410

National
– Annual mean salary: $47,030
– Employment: 97,050
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($97,380)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($92,790)
— Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($76,950)

#18. Court reporters and simultaneous captioners

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $99,120
– #3 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 70

National
– Annual mean salary: $65,240
– Employment: 12,300
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,910)
— Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($100,060)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($99,120)

#17. Real estate brokers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $101,200
– #17 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 730

National
– Annual mean salary: $86,490
– Employment: 48,460
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($152,460)
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($133,810)
— Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($132,320)

#16. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $101,840
– #23 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 950

National
– Annual mean salary: $92,320
– Employment: 243,920
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Portland-South Portland, ME ($129,860)
— Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($121,360)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($121,250)

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#15. Electrical power-line installers and repairers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $101,910
– #24 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 240

National
– Annual mean salary: $79,060
– Employment: 123,940
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($117,700)
— Salinas, CA ($110,180)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,490)

#14. Commercial pilots

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $101,940
– #100 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 100

National
– Annual mean salary: $115,080
– Employment: 42,770
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($185,920)
— Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($184,260)
— Savannah, GA ($177,450)

#13. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $102,280
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 6,310

National
– Annual mean salary: $72,390
– Employment: 1,242,490
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,280)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($92,660)
— Napa, CA ($92,620)

#12. Sales representatives of services, except advertising, insurance, financial services, and travel

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $103,810
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 11,400

National
– Annual mean salary: $71,110
– Employment: 1,026,390
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,810)
— Boulder, CO ($101,630)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($97,360)

#11. Insurance sales agents

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $104,230
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,530

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,340
– Employment: 422,600
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,230)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,470)
— Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($95,620)

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#10. Fire inspectors and investigators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $105,630
– #4 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: data not available

National
– Annual mean salary: $69,680
– Employment: 14,600
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Dayton, OH ($116,740)
— Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($112,040)
— Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($107,220)

#9. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $106,300
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 230

National
– Annual mean salary: $70,510
– Employment: 29,820
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($106,300)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,930)
— Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($99,740)

#8. Construction and building inspectors

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $107,330
– #2 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 570

National
– Annual mean salary: $68,480
– Employment: 117,830
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New Haven, CT ($121,510)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($107,330)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($106,190)

#7. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $112,020
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,800

National
– Annual mean salary: $75,060
– Employment: 665,870
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($112,020)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,820)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($101,210)

#6. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $112,230
– #5 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 60

National
– Annual mean salary: $87,640
– Employment: 22,490
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($120,210)
— Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA ($118,510)
— Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($114,280)

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#5. Firefighters

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $114,210
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,210

National
– Annual mean salary: $55,290
– Employment: 317,310
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($114,210)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,150)
— Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($97,470)

#4. Detectives and criminal investigators

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $132,210
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 240

National
– Annual mean salary: $90,370
– Employment: 107,890
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($132,210)
— Anchorage, AK ($127,070)
— Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($123,460)

#3. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $159,890
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,380

National
– Annual mean salary: $105,580
– Employment: 144,640
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($159,890)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($154,170)
— Trenton, NJ ($144,620)

#2. First-line supervisors of firefighting and prevention workers

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $171,060
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 160

National
– Annual mean salary: $83,270
– Employment: 80,890
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($171,060)
— Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,740)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($135,860)

#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
– Annual mean salary: $182,700
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 190

National
– Annual mean salary: $98,760
– Employment: 128,230
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($182,700)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($170,740)
— Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($164,600)

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