The highest-paying jobs that don't require a graduate degree

25 Highest Paying Jobs in America in 2016

For some people, four years of college just aren't enough. There are many reasons a graduate degree can be helpful — including higher average salaries — and those willing to put in the extra time are often rewarded in the long run.

"I think students today are increasingly aware that the more education you receive, the higher your pay will be down the road," said Emilia Hodge, graduate-education outreach director for the University of Florida's graduate school, according to the Treasure Coast Palm.

Despite this, there are still ample jobs available to graduates who don't pursue grad school. With this in mind, CareerTrends — part of the Graphiq network — found the highest-paying jobs that don't require a graduate degree. To do this, we used the most recent data from O*NET, an occupational database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, to find occupations where the majority of workers did not require master's or doctoral degrees.

We used the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find each occupation's average salary and job description, and ranked the top 10 jobs based on average salary. The jobs on the list all require a bachelor's degree, and all have average salaries over $120,000.

#10. Compensation and Benefits Managers

Average salary: $185,850

Prior education: Bachelor's degree
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Average Annual Salary: $61,746

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Average Annual Salary: $62,810

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Average Annual Salary: $59,791

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Average Annual Salary: $65,036

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Average Annual Salary: $50,000

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Average Annual Salary: $53,228

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