This article contains information about the highest paying jobs you can get after taking a trade school program. Careers like construction manager, aircraft mechanic, and electrician are included. You’ll also learn about other top paying careers that trade schools offer programs for including ones in the information technology, business, or medical career fields.

The career training programs in the “skilled trades” normally take under 2 years to complete. Though, training for some of the highest paying technical and medical careers can take 2-4 years to finish.

Top Paying Skilled Trade Programs

These are the highest paying jobs that are considered “skilled trades”. You’ll find fast trade school programs for some of these high paying skilled trade jobs. Examples of the fastest programs include CDL truck driver, hvac technician, and mechanic.

Career Starting Salary Median Pay Top 10%
Construction Mgmt $56,140 $95,260 $164,790
HVAC Technician $30,610 $48,730 $77,920
Welder $29,470 $42,490 $64,240
Aircraft Mechanic $37,890 $64,090 $101,070
Auto Mechanic $24,400 $42,090 $68,880
Electrician $33,410 $56,180 $96,580
Truck Driver $29,130 $45,260 $66,840
Sheet Metal Worker $29,260 $50,400 $88,070

More Top Paying Trade School & Technical College Programs

These jobs are not generally considered “skilled trades”, but you can often find these programs at trade schools and technical colleges. These high paying trade school programs generally take from about two years to four years to complete.

Career Starting Salary Median Pay Top 10%
Civil Engineering $55,380 $87,060 $144,560
Computer Science $69,990 $122,840 $189,780
Mechanical Engineer $57,130 $88,430 $138,020
Engineering Tech $35,140 $56,980 $88,640
Dental Hygiene $53,130 $76,220 $103,340
Electrical Engineer $63,020 $101,250 $155,880
Information Systems $87,480 $146,360 $208,000
Economics $59,450 $105,020 $185,020
Computer Engineer $68,460 $117,220 $185,240
Computer Programmer $50,150 $86,550 $140,250
Electronics Engineer $63,020 $101,250 $155,880
Exec Pastry Chef $26,320 $48,460 $81,150
Radiation Therapist $59,280 $85,560 $128,630
RN Nurse $52,080 $73,300 $111,220
Accountant $44,480 $71,550 $124,450
Healthcare Admin $58,820 $100,980 $189,000
Business Admin $55,210 $96,940 $166,330

A few of these careers may pay 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 truck drivers and electricians can make more than this table indicates.

Salaries were updated on 12/8/2020 and notes the data from May of 2019. This information was gathered from the official BLS website.

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