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 career 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.

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

Highest Paying Skilled Trade & Tech Jobs in 2019

Lightly edited for 2019, In no particular order.

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
Mechanical Engineering Tech $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 Mechanic 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 Administrator $58,000 $93,000 $176,000
Business Administration $52,750 $94,020 $163,480

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 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 truck drivers and electricians normally make more than this table indicates.

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last edit: 8/19/19

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