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These are the highest-paying jobs in Atlantic City that don't require a college degree

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Highest-paying jobs in Atlantic City that don't require a college degree

College isn't for everyone—despite what today's youth may hear from the adults in their lives.

From the moment they arrive freshman year, 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.

The median wage for high school diploma recipients is about $809 a week—higher than those without a diploma ($626), but well below the median for bachelor's degree holders ($1,334). But many jobs without college degree requirements still pay decent wages. Some even pay better than jobs reserved for degree earners.

Stacker used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to find the 50 highest-paying jobs in Atlantic City that don't require higher education. 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 are ranked by their annual median salaries as of May 2022.

Keep reading to discover the highest-paying jobs in Atlantic City that don't require a college degree.

This story features data reporting and writing by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 366 metros.

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

- Median annual wage: $59,830
- Median hourly wage: $28.76
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 1,180 people (9.54 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

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

- Median annual wage: $59,860
- Median hourly wage: $28.78
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 800 people (6.48 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#48. Chefs and head cooks

- Median annual wage: $59,870
- Median hourly wage: $28.78
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 290 people (2.34 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#47. First-line supervisors of gambling services workers

- Median annual wage: $59,920
- Median hourly wage: $28.81
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 780 people (6.26 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#46. Carpenters

- Median annual wage: $60,090
- Median hourly wage: $28.89
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 610 people (4.96 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Apprenticeship

#45. Pipelayers

- Median annual wage: $60,170
- Median hourly wage: $28.93
- Education required: No formal educational credential
- Total employment: 60 people (0.47 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Short-term on-the-job training

#44. Legal secretaries and administrative assistants

- Median annual wage: $60,650
- Median hourly wage: $29.16
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 120 people (0.99 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#43. Industrial machinery mechanics

- Median annual wage: $60,660
- Median hourly wage: $29.17
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 140 people (1.11 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

#42. Insurance sales agents

- Median annual wage: $60,740
- Median hourly wage: $29.20
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 240 people (1.94 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#41. Bus drivers, transit and intercity

- Median annual wage: $60,870
- Median hourly wage: $29.27
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 280 people (2.27 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#40. Electricians

- Median annual wage: $61,570
- Median hourly wage: $29.60
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 730 people (5.87 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Apprenticeship

#39. Construction laborers

- Median annual wage: $62,040
- Median hourly wage: $29.83
- Education required: No formal educational credential
- Total employment: 830 people (6.67 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Short-term on-the-job training

#38. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

- Median annual wage: $62,200
- Median hourly wage: $29.90
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 390 people (3.15 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

#37. Massage therapists

- Median annual wage: $62,570
- Median hourly wage: $30.08
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 70 people (0.58 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#36. Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants

- Median annual wage: $62,640
- Median hourly wage: $30.12
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 250 people (2.04 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#35. Food service managers

- Median annual wage: $62,790
- Median hourly wage: $30.19
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 340 people (2.7 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Short-term on-the-job training

#34. Surgical technologists

- Median annual wage: $62,860
- Median hourly wage: $30.22
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 50 people (0.43 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#33. Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists

- Median annual wage: $63,070
- Median hourly wage: $30.32
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 230 people (1.84 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

#32. Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment

- Median annual wage: $63,560
- Median hourly wage: $30.56
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 30 people (0.26 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

#31. Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers

- Median annual wage: $63,650
- Median hourly wage: $30.60
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 210 people (1.69 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Short-term on-the-job training

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

- Median annual wage: $63,990
- Median hourly wage: $30.77
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 200 people (1.65 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#29. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters

- Median annual wage: $64,990
- Median hourly wage: $31.25
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 360 people (2.89 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Apprenticeship

#28. Medical records specialists

- Median annual wage: $65,760
- Median hourly wage: $31.62
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 40 people (0.34 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#27. Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators

- Median annual wage: $66,870
- Median hourly wage: $32.15
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 90 people (0.75 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

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

- Median annual wage: $67,860
- Median hourly wage: $32.63
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 520 people (4.17 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#25. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics, except engines

- Median annual wage: $69,720
- Median hourly wage: $33.52
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 40 people (0.28 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

#24. Audio and video technicians

- Median annual wage: $71,760
- Median hourly wage: $34.50
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 270 people (2.15 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Short-term on-the-job training

#23. Cement masons and concrete finishers

- Median annual wage: $73,130
- Median hourly wage: $35.16
- Education required: No formal educational credential
- Total employment: 80 people (0.66 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#22. Lighting technicians

- Median annual wage: $74,100
- Median hourly wage: $35.62
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 550 people (4.4 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Short-term on-the-job training

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

- Median annual wage: $75,100
- Median hourly wage: $36.11
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 170 people (1.38 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#20. Real estate brokers

- Median annual wage: $75,190
- Median hourly wage: $36.15
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 40 people (0.31 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#19. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

- Median annual wage: $75,480
- Median hourly wage: $36.29
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 230 people (1.89 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

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

- Median annual wage: $77,210
- Median hourly wage: $37.12
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 390 people (3.12 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

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

- Median annual wage: $77,680
- Median hourly wage: $37.35
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 70 people (0.53 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#16. Lodging managers

- Median annual wage: $78,500
- Median hourly wage: $37.74
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 60 people (0.48 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#15. Construction and building inspectors

- Median annual wage: $79,790
- Median hourly wage: $38.36
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 190 people (1.51 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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

- Median annual wage: $80,390
- Median hourly wage: $38.65
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 280 people (2.24 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#13. Firefighters

- Median annual wage: $82,130
- Median hourly wage: $39.49
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 270 people (2.19 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

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

- Median annual wage: $85,900
- Median hourly wage: $41.30
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 40 people (0.3 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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

- Median annual wage: $87,560
- Median hourly wage: $42.10
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 430 people (3.44 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#10. Police and sheriff's patrol officers

- Median annual wage: $91,060
- Median hourly wage: $43.78
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 810 people (6.55 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#9. Detectives and criminal investigators

- Median annual wage: $96,730
- Median hourly wage: $46.50
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 120 people (1.01 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#8. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators

- Median annual wage: $96,900
- Median hourly wage: $46.59
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 230 people (1.89 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#7. Brickmasons and blockmasons

- Median annual wage: $98,530
- Median hourly wage: $47.37
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 50 people (0.39 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Apprenticeship

#6. Gambling managers

- Median annual wage: $98,680
- Median hourly wage: $47.44
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 90 people (0.74 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#5. Structural iron and steel workers

- Median annual wage: $104,860
- Median hourly wage: $50.42
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 50 people (0.39 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Apprenticeship

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

- Median annual wage: $106,400
- Median hourly wage: $51.15
- Education required: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Total employment: 60 people (0.52 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

#3. Power plant operators

- Median annual wage: $109,800
- Median hourly wage: $52.79
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 30 people (0.25 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Long-term on-the-job training

#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

- Median annual wage: $112,550
- Median hourly wage: $54.11
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 70 people (0.56 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: None

#1. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

- Median annual wage: $129,760
- Median hourly wage: $62.38
- Education required: High school diploma or equivalent
- Total employment: 120 people (1.0 of every 1,000 jobs in the area)
- Required on-the-job training to attain competency: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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