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Do you want a new job, but don’t think you have the skills? We explore the top 10 highest paying jobs in the US that don’t require a College degree

With College tuition fees increasing each year, further education might not seem like the most appealing option for you. The good news is that there are several lucrative career paths out there that now favour experience over further education. Our research-based on over 3.7 million live jobs on Adzuna in July 2019, analyzes the highest paying positions that do not require a college degree.


1) Web Developer

Web Developers can command average salaries topping $107,673 according to our research. As a web developer, you will need to understand the basics of coding and markup language, but surprisingly you do not necessarily need a degree to pursue this profession. Web development is one of the fastest-growing industries with more than 44,673 jobs available on Adzuna. This is projected to grow 15% between 2016 and 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2) Construction Manager

Construction Managers also receive six-figure salaries of $104,389 as an average for planning and coordinating construction projects. The role requires work experience and growth within a company, but continuing education is not essential to command this salary. According to the Associated General Contractors of America, the construction industry has more than 680,000 employers with over 7 million employees.

3) Farmer

Farmers bring in comfortable average salaries of $83,508. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the net farm income is forecast to increase 8 percent in 2019, to $69.4 billion. Household income from farming increases considerably with farm size; the typical household operating the largest commercial farms earned a staggering $346,218 in 2017, with most of that coming from farming.

4)  Real Estate Agent

Real Estate Agents command an average salary of $80,355. Employers regularly look for soft skills such as motivation, drive, independence and willingness to grow a business over college degrees. Real estate agents will need to obtain a licence through a local agency to ensure knowledge is updated and relevant.

5) Power Plant Operator

Power Plant operators round off the top 5 with an average salary of $61,109. A Power plant operator controls various systems required to run the power plant to produce electricity. The role can require a combination of education, experience, and extensive on the job training, but a degree is not always essential to do this job.

6) Waste Management Manager

It might not be the most glamorous role, but Waste Management Managers can expect to receive a salary of $60,941. Duties can vary significantly from job to job, but tasks include coordinating waste and recycling projects to implementing safe waste disposal.

7) Sommelier

Sommelier is the perfect job for those that lack a Bachelors degree but have a taste in the finer things in life. The average salaries for this position are $59,400. The role can include everything from creating wine lists, recommending food and wine pairings to advising guests on wine choices. Work experience and a strong knowledge of hospitality are key for this role.

8) Head Chef

Head Chefs can ask for average salaries of $55,650. With the hospitality sector sustaining momentum this year. Restaurants, catering companies and private events are all providing a wealth of opportunities to Head Chefs. The role requires a great deal of practical experience from managing kitchen staff to food preparation and pricing.

9) Police Officer

The average pay for a police Officer is $52,138. This could be the perfect job for someone looking for a challenging role and exposure to new situations every day. The minimum education requirement is usually a high-school diploma, but the role requires on-the-job-training and coursework.

10) Plumber

Plumbers can earn $51,934. The estimated number of plumbers is expected to grow due to a shortage of qualified licensed plumbers. This is expected to create employment opportunities for Plumbers,  as we see a rise in construction industries.  

Overall, 8 of these 10 jobs pay more on average than positions which require a degree, offering salaries greater than the US average of $55,000