Conventional wisdom says you need a college degree to get a good-paying job. Indeed, merely having one boosts your lifetime earnings by 75%, according to recent research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
But in reality, there are a number of high-paying occupations that don’t require more than a high school diploma and some on-the-job training. As a bonus, most are jobs you won’t be embarrassed to share when someone asks, “What do you do?”
Following are the highest-paying jobs that require only a high school diploma or the equivalent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) — starting with the lowest-paying of the group and working up to the top spot.