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The 19 Highest-Paying Jobs That Don't Require A Degree

How's paying off those student loans going?

Posted on September 12, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. ET

19. Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer – Median annual wage: $54,290

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

18. Insurance Appraiser – Median annual wage: $56,230

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Education level required: Postsecondary non-degree award

17. Loan Officer – Median annual wage: $56,490

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

16. Subway Operator – Median annual wage: $56,880

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

15. Purchasing Agent – Median annual wage: $58,360

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

14. Claims Adjuster – Median annual wage: $58,620

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

13. Artist – Median annual wage: $58,834

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

12. Farmer or Rancher – Median annual wage: $60,750

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

11. Fashion Designer – Median annual wage: $64,530

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

10. Electrical Powerhouse Repairer – Median annual wage: $65,230

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Education level required: Postsecondary non-degree award

9. Power Plant Operator – Median annual wage: $65,360

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

8. Casino Manager – Median annual wage: $66,960

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Education level required: Some college, no degree

7. Detective or Criminal Investigator – Median annual wage: $68,820

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

6. Power Distributors and Dispatcher – Median annual wage: $68,900

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

5. Elevator Installer and Repairer – Median annual wage: $70,910

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

4. Nuclear Power Reactor Operator – Median annual wage: $75,650

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

3. Administrative Services Manager – Median annual wage: $77,890

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Education level required: High school diploma or equivalent

2. Commercial Pilot – Median annual wage: $92,060

Education level required: Postsecondary non-degree award

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1. Air Traffic Controller – Median annual wage: $108,040

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Education level required: N/A (Military training)

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.