There are many types of trade school, technical, STEM careers, and medical vocational careers that only require 6 weeks to 2 years of school before you’re ready for a top paying entry-level job in that field. Many of the very highest paying trade school career programs do take 4 years or longer.

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

I believe 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: 5/13/2018