$100,000-A-Year Jobs That Don't Require A College Degree

Welding inspectorWith U.S. workers' wages stagnating, the idea of earning $100,000 a year without a bachelor's degree might seem impossible.

But there are jobs that command high salaries, have plenty of openings, and require only certification from a vocational school or an associate degree, typically earned at one of the nation's more than 1,000 community colleges.

To compile the list, PayScale identified professions that don't require a four-year degree in which the top 10 percent in those careers earned more than $100,000. The website used salary information it compiles through its own online surveys.

Median pay for these jobs ranged from $45,100 to $77,100, while those in the top 10 percent earned $101,000 to $122,000. Most of these jobs are in the health-care service industry, where it is possible to advance one's career with expertise learned on the job, PayScale notes.

Degrees and certifications for these jobs, if needed, are usually obtained at trade or technical schools, or community colleges, where tuition is typically far less than at a four-year college. Although tuition at for-profit technical colleges can be much higher, annual cost for full-time tuition at community colleges averaged about $3,000 last year -- compared to more than $8,000 at public universities, a recent report from the College Board shows. Moreover, recent increases in federal grants and tax benefits mean the cost of tuition and most textbooks is fully covered for today's typical community college student.

Ready to pursue a new career? Check out these nine jobs, which could pay $100,000-plus without a bachelor's degree.

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Steven Paul

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December 07 2013 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Anyone know of any electrical companies hiring journeymen electricians that earn over $75,000 a year?

July 08 2013 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree

February 09 2013 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hotel sales is the best. You can start entry level (I did) and earn 40-60K. Work your way up to 100K or more in about 5-7 years. You don't need a degree. Each hotel employs 1 -10 or more sales people and their are lots of jobs at hcareers dot com

Thousands of people start at the bottom and work their way up to the General Manager job and earn 60-100K or more. Work at nice hotels like Hilton, Marriott.

As a hotel sales person you will sell blocks of guestrooms, meeting space, banquet space, and services and amenities to event and group planners.

You can get an online certificate at ahla or aprinda dot com

August 30 2012 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I quit working as a "handyman", with an HVAC certification, a Journeyman Electrician's license, and 20 years experience, because the wage rates kept getting lower and lower. I am now an armed security officer, with a state commission, making double of what I made when I dropped the toolbox.
The FACT is, if you are NOT an illegal immigrant, NOBODY WILL HIRE YOU.
If you DO get hired, the management will skim 40% of your budgeted wages, and stick it in their own pockets as their "bonus".
What used to be a terrific industry, with great wages(15-17 dollars an hour), monster benefits (health insurance, paid housing,utilities,cable,phone,company vehicle, EVERYTHING BUT BEER) is now a minimum-wage slave-labor nightmare-and you STILL have to have the certifications.(unless you are an illegal immigrant).
And the management STILL buys a new Lexus every 6 months, or whenever a bug splats on the windshield.

August 11 2012 at 12:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The pay is great like they say for many other jobs but it doesn't matter if you are qualified or not...the work is not there and nobody is hiring! Only the lucky few (the skeleton crew) still have a job in the trades. They are running work (foremen) with a few very low wage helpers (apprentices and day laborers). Most of these laborers are not even legal citizens who are picked up on the street corner and paid a little cash at the end of the day. This is how companies in the trade are staying afloat in this economy. So unless you have your foot in the door already and are top notch with a ton of experience or family...good luck.

July 07 2012 at 11:45 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The title of this article is $100,000 A-Year Jobs That Don't Require A College Degree
Isn't an associates degree a college degree???????

July 03 2012 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it says 100,000 a year without a bachelors then some articles say you need an associates or bachelors. fuckin idiots

July 02 2012 at 11:28 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I fear I would barf all over my patients

July 02 2012 at 7:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Congress needs to change the gift law in states because of the people and corporcations not paying no gift money taxes for financing people runing for office. This would help the states in their finances.

July 02 2012 at 7:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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