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Highest Paying Skilled Trade & Technical Careers

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 technical and skilled trade careers including links to program info plus starting, average and top 10% salary information.

List of Top Paying Skilled Trade & Tech Jobs

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
Construction Mgmt $56,140 $95,260 $164,790
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
Master Plumber $32,690 $55,160 $97,170
Radiation Therapist $59,280 $85,560 $128,630
RN Nurse $52,080 $73,300 $111,220
Sheet Metal Worker $29,260 $50,400 $88,070
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
Accountant $44,480 $71,550 $124,450
Healthcare Admin $58,820 $100,980 $189,000
Business Admin $55,210 $96,940 $166,330

Salaries were updated on 8/11/2020 and notes the data from May of 2019. This information was gathered from the official BLS website.

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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