When I was in high school, a lot of my friends were trying to get the best possible test scores and get into college so they could earn a degree that would in theory lead to a high-paying job. For some that worked out, but for others all they got was a ton of student loan debt.

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According to CNBC, finishing high school puts you on track to earn a median of $1.6 million over your lifetime. A bachelor’s degree holder earns a median of $2.8 million, which is 75% more than if they had only a high school diploma.

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Stacker came out with a list of the top-paying jobs in Grand Rapids that don't require a college degree. I was surprised at how much some of the jobs pay.

The Ten Top Paying Jobs In Grand Rapids That Don't Require A College Degree

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#10. Insurance sales agents
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $83,040
Home For Sale Real Estate Sign and Beautiful New House.
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#9. Real estate brokers
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $83,940
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#8. Property, real estate, and community association managers
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
-Annual mean salary: $84,910
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#7. Postmasters and mail superintendents
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $86,550
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#6. Electrical and electronics repairers, powerhouse, substation, and relay
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $89,100
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#5. First-line supervisors of police and detectives
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $92,200
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#4. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $98,890
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#3. Detectives and criminal investigators
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $104,750
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#2. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $110,640
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#1. Commercial pilots
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
Annual mean salary: $117,050

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