The 30 highest-paying jobs you can get without a college degree

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Don't feel like contributing to the $1.4 trillion student-loan debt in the US?

Luckily, there are plenty of high-paying jobs you can get that require only a high-school diploma.

According to the latest data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the 30 highest-paying jobs that you don't need any college experience to pursue.

Each has a median annual salary of at least $57,000.

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30. Construction and building inspectors

Description: Ensure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.

Median annual wage (2015): $57,340

Projected job openings (through2024): 36,300

Work experience: Five years or more

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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29. Postal service mail carriers

Description: Sort and deliver mail by vehicle or on foot.

Median annual wage (2015): $58,280

Projected job openings (through2024): 57,400

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

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28. Police and sheriff's patrol officers

Description: Maintain order and protect life and property by enforcing local, tribal, State, or Federal laws and ordinances.

Median annual wage (2015): $58,320

Projected job openings (through2024): 258,400

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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27. Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators

Description: Operate steam, gas, electric motor, or internal combustion engine driven compressors. 

Median annual wage (2015): $58,350

Projected job openings (through2024): 2,800

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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26. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

Description: Operate or maintain stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes.

Median annual wage (2015): $58,530

Projected job openings (through2024): 11,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

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25. Chemical plant and system operators

Description: Control or operate entire chemical processes or system of machines.

Median annual wage (2015): $59,320

Projected job openings (through 2024): 14,400

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

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24. Transit and railroad police

Description: Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.

Median annual wage (2015): $59,670

Projected job openings (through 2024): 1,300

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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23. First-line supervisors of correctional officers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of correctional officers and jailers.

Median annual wage (2015): $59,720

Projected job openings (through 2024): 15,300

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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22. Boilermakers

Description: Assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

Median annual wage (2015): $60,120

Projected job openings (through 2024):4,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

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21. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of construction or extraction workers.

Median annual wage (2015): $62,070

Projected job openings (through 2024): 103,600

Work experience: Five years or more

On-the-job training: None

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20. Subway and streetcar operators

Description: Transport passengers.

Median annual wage (2015): $62,360

Projected job openings (through 2024): 5,200

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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19. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Description: Review settled claims to determine that payments and settlements are made in accordance with company practices and procedures.

Median annual wage (2015): $62,980

Projected job openings (through 2024): 84,000

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

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18. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Median annual wage (2015): $63,010

Projected job openings (through 2024): 113,500

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: None

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17. Signal and track-switch repairers

Description: Install, inspect, test, maintain, or repair electric gate crossings, signals, signal equipment, track switches, section lines, or intercommunication systems within a railroad system.

Median annual wage (2015): $63,840

Projected job openings (through 2024): 1,500

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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16. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers

Description: Run establishments that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products.

Median annual wage (2015): $64,170

Projected job openings (through 2024): 158,400

Work experience: Five years or more

On-the-job training: None

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15. Petroleum pump-system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers

Description: Operate or control petroleum-refining or -processing units.  

Median annual wage (2015): $65,190

Projected job openings (through 2024): 17,000

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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14. Gas-plant operators

Description: Distribute or process gas for utility companies and others by controlling compressors to maintain specified pressures on main pipelines.

Median annual wage (2015): $66,010

Projected job openings (through 2024): 6,300

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

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13. Electrical-power-line installers and repairers

Description: Install or repair electrical-power systems and telecommunications cables, including fiber optics.

Median annual wage (2015): $66,450

Projected job openings(through 2024): 60,300

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

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12. Gaming managers

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate gaming operations in a casino.

Median annual wage (2015): $68,380

Projected job openings (through 2024): 800

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: None

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11. Postmasters and mail superintendents

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate operational, administrative, management, and supportive services of a US post office.

Median annual wage (2015): $70,640

Projected job openings(through 2024): 3,800

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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10. Transportation inspectors

Description: Inspect equipment or goods in connection with the safe transport of cargo or people.

Median annual wage (2015): $70,820

Projected job openings (through 2024): 7,100

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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9. Power-plant operators

Description: Control the systems that generate and distribute electric power.

Median annual wage (2015): $71,940

Projected job openings(through 2024): 14,100

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

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8. First-line supervisors of non-retail-sales workers

Description: Directly supervise and coordinate activities of sales workers other than retail-sales workers.

Median annual wage (2015): $72,300

Projected job openings (through 2024): 69,900

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: None

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7. Commercial pilots

Description: Fly and navigate airplanes or helicopters.

Median annual wage (2015): $76,150

Projected job openings (through 2024): 15,100

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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6. Detectives and criminal investigators

Description: Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

Median annual wage (2015): $77,210 

Projected job openings (through 2024): 28,300

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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5. Power distributors and dispatchers

Description: Coordinate, regulate, or distribute electricity or steam.

Median annual wage (2015): $80,840

Projected job openings (through 2024): 3,900

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

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4. Elevator installers and repairers

Description: Elevator installers and repairers install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts.

Median annual wage (2015): $80,870

Projected job openings (through 2024): 5,900

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Apprenticeship

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3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Description: Coordinate activities of members of a police force.

Median annual wage (2015): $82,090

Projected job openings (through 2024): 43,000

Work experience: Less than five years

On-the-job training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Description: Coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations.

Median annual wage (2015): $86,630

Projected job openings (through 2024): 27,100

Work experience: Five years or more

On-the-job training: None

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1. Nuclear-power-reactor operators

Description: Operate or control nuclear reactors by moving control rods, starting and stopping equipment, monitoring and adjusting controls, and recording data in logs.

Median annual wage (2015): $88,560

Projected job openings (through 2024): 2,600

Work experience: None

On-the-job training: Long-term on-the-job training

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