December 21, 2015

35 High Paying Jobs That Do Not Require A Degree

A college degree isn’t necessary to find a high paying job. It may sound like a myth, but it’s totally true. Don’t let the rising costs of education make you settle for a low paying job. As long as you know where to look, you’ll be able to find plenty of high paying jobs that do not require a degree.

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We recently stumbled upon an article titled The 35 Highest-Paying Jobs You Can Get Without A Bachelor’s Degree on Business Insider. As you can imagine, this post immediately caught our attention.

The following list of jobs is taken directly from Business Insider. These jobs only require a high school diploma or a two-year associate degree. They all have a median annual salary of at least $55,000.

In our list you’ll see the job title and the median annual salary. Visit to find a job description, education requirements, projected job openings through 2022, and on the job training information.

Here are the 35 highest paying jobs that do not require a degree:

  1. Air Traffic Controllers $122,530
  2. Radiation Therapists – $77,560
  3. Elevator Installers and Repairers – $76,650
  4. Nuclear Reactor Operators – $74,990
  5. Detectives and Criminal Investigators $74,300
  6. Commercial Pilots $73,280
  7. Power Distributors and Dispatchers – $71,690
  8. Dental Hygienists $70,210
  9. Nuclear Medicine Technologists – $70,180
  10. First Line Supervisors Of NonRetail Sales Workers – $70,060
  11. Farmer, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers – $69,300
  12. Nuclear Technicians – $69,060
  13. Funeral Service Directors – $66,720
  14. Power Plant Operators – $66,130
  15. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers – $65,860
  16. Registered Nurses $65,470
  17. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists – $65,360
  18. Gaming Managers – $65,220
  19. Transportation Inspectors – $63,680
  20. Electrical Power Line Installers and Repairers – $63,250
  21. Postmasters and Mail Superintendents – $63,050
  22. Subway and Streetcar Operators $62,730
  23. Web Developers – $62,500
  24. Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers – $61,850
  25. Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians – $61,530
  26. Gas Plant Operators – $61,140
  27. First Line Supervisors Of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers – $60,250
  28. Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators $59,960
  29. First Line Supervisors Of Construction Trades And Extraction Workers – $59,700
  30. Computer Network Support Specialists – $59,090
  31. Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products – $58,760
  32. Real Estate Brokers $58,350
  33. Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians – $57,850
  34. First Line Supervisors Of Correctional Officers – $57,840
  35. Boilermakers $56,560

Which of these high paying jobs that do not require a degree will you add to your job search list? They are all excellent options that you should pursue.

Learn more about these high paying jobs that do not require a degree and other cool jobs on the JobMonkey Industry Guides. If you want to find one of these jobs, start your job search on the JobMonkey JobCenter today.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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