The 10 Best-Paying Jobs That Require Only a High School Degree

College is one of the safest long-term investments in the country. Still, as the price of a bachelors degree continues to rise, graduation rates have stagnated. That's not good news. But it's not the end of the world for millions of young Americans, either. There are hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs that don't require a degree. 24/7 Wall St. has identified the ten highest-paying jobs where a high school education can still put you on the path to a six-figure salary.

In order to identify the kinds of positions high school graduates without college degrees may want to consider, 24/7 Wall St. examined the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupation Employment Statistics database. This government report, which provides the salaries and number of workers in every major job category in the United States, also provides information on salary and those job positions that do not necessarily require a bachelor's degree. The results were sorted by wage in order to identify the ten jobs that have the highest median annual salary.

Along with salary, we also show how much these jobs are expected to grow over the next 10-15 years, and which states have the highest concentration of these positions.

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Douglas A. McIntyre and Michael B. Sauter are editors of 24/7 Wall St., a Delaware-based financial news and opinion operation that produces content for sites including MarketWatch, DailyFinance, Yahoo! Finance, and TheStreet.com.

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