Many of the highest paying trade school careers are in the medical and STEM fields. Careers like computer science, electrical engineering and radiology come to mind. These degrees and similar ones are not quick, normally taking at least 4 years to complete. Though there are some top paying trade school jobs that require less schoolwork, between 6 weeks to 2 years, before you’re ready to be hired. Examples of these jobs are CDL truck driver, hvac technician and dental hygienist.

Scroll down to see a table of over 25 of the highest paying trade school careers including links to program info plus starting, average and top 10% salary information.

Over 25 Top Paying Trade School Jobs

In no particular order; clicking the links brings you to that program info and search page.

Career Starting Salary Median Pay Top 10%
Civil Engineering $53,400 $84,000 $133,000
Computer Science $65,000 $112,000 $170,000
Mechanical Engineering $54,000 $84,000 $132,000
Mech. Engineering Techncian $34,000 $54,000 $83,000
Dental Hygiene $51,000 $73,000 $100,000
Electrical Engineering $60,000 $94,000  $149,000
Construction Management $54,000 $89,000  $158,000
Management Information Systems $82,000 $136,000  $208,000
Economics $55,000 $101,000  $181,000
Computer Engineering $67,000 $115,000  $172,000
Computer Programming $46,000 $80,000 $130,000
Electrical & Electronics Engineering $64,000 $94,000 $149,000
Executive Pastry Chef $24,000 $43,000 $76,000
Master Plumber $30,000 $51,000 $91,000
Radiation Therapist $54,000 $80,000 $124,000
ICU Nurse $47,000 $68,000 $103,000
Sheet Metal Worker $27,000 $47,000 $85,000
HVAC Technician $28,000 $45,000 $73,000
Welder $27,000 $39,000 $62,000
Aircraft Mechanic $36,000 $60,000 $88,000
Auto Service Tech $21,000 $38,000 $64,000
Electrician $32,000 $53,000 $90,000
Truck Driver $27,000 $41,000 $63,000
Accountant $42,000 $68,000 $121,000
Criminal Justice $35,000 $62,000 $103,000
Healthcare Admin $58,000 $93,000 $176,000

A few of these careers are paying even more than current government statistics show, especially if you live in a fast growing area where there’s a lack of skilled workers. I know where I live in a growing area of Florida, welders, HVAC technicians, CDL drivers and electricians can make more than this table indicates.

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last edit: 11/15/2018

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