Many of the highest paying jobs you can start after going to a trade school or technical college are in the information technology or healthcare fields. Careers like computer science, electrical engineering and radiology come directly to mind. Most of these degrees and similar ones are not the quickest programs, normally taking at least 4 years to complete. Though some of the programs listed can be completed more quickly. Find a skilled trade or tech program now.

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.

List of Top Paying Skilled Trade & Tech Jobs

Salaries were updated on 1/21/2020 and information was gathered from the official BLS website.

Career Starting Salary Median Pay Top 10%
Civil Engineering $54,780 $86,640 $142,560
Computer Science $69,230 $118,370 $183,820
Mechanical Engineer $56,270 $87,370 $136,550
Engineering Tech $34,900 $56,250 $85,430
Dental Hygiene $51,930 $74,820 $101,820
Electrical Engineer $61,190 $96,640 $153,240
Construction Mgmt $55,240 $93,370 $161,510
Information Systems $85,380 $142,530 $208,000
Economics $58,130 $104,340 $182,560
Computer Engineer $66,700 $114,600 $172,630
Computer Programmer $48,790 $84,280 $134,630
Electronics Engineer $64,840 $102,700 $162,200
Exec Pastry Chef $26,320 $48,460 $81,150
Master Plumber $32,100 $53,910 $93,700
Radiation Therapist $56,360 $82,330 $124,320
ICU Nurse $50,800 $71,730 $106,530
Sheet Metal Worker $27,780 $48,460 $86,290
HVAC Technician $29,460 $47,610 $76,230
Welder $28,560 $41,380 $63,740
Aircraft Mechanic $36,760 $62,920 $97,820
Auto Mechanic $23,420 $40,710 $66,950
Electrician $32,940 $55,190 $94,620
Truck Driver $28,160 $43,680 $65,260
Accountant $43,650 $70,500 $122,840
Criminal Justice $36,550 $63,380 $106,090
Healthcare Admin $58,680 $99,730 $182,600
Business Admin $55,000 $96,180 $165,470

There are some high paying trade school jobs that require less schoolwork, between about 3 months to 2 years, before you’re ready to be hired. Examples of these careers are CDL truck driver, hvac technician and dental hygienist. 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.

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