5 Blue Collar Jobs That Pay at Least $100,000

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If you didn’t go the typical route of obtaining a four-year college degree, you can still enjoy a comfortable salary. A white-collar job isn’t your only choice if you want to make a decent living. There are plenty of blue-collar jobs that pay quite well.

If you’re looking for a new career, you may want to look into taking on a gig that requires you to get your hands dirty. Jeremy Anderberg, contributor to The Art of Manliness, said there are many opportunities available because there’s a lack of skilled workers to do these jobs.

“Welders, plumbers, electricians, machinists — they’re in higher demand now, and have greater benefits, than they ever have. While our nation endures record unemployment for young people, there are literally thousands upon thousands of trades jobs available (very good jobs, mind you) that go untaken because there aren’t skilled laborers to take them,” said Anderberg. Here are five non-traditional jobs where you could eventually earn $100,000 annually.

1. Farmer

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  • Median salary: $64,170
  • Jobs in 2014: 929,800
  • Job outlook: -2% (from 2014 to 2024)

Farmers and those who manage agriculture take care of property that produce crops, livestock, and dairy products. The bottom 10% earned less than $33,110, but the top 10% earned more than $113,140.

2. Nuclear power reactor operator

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  • Median salary: $75,660
  • Jobs in 2014: 60,000
  • Job outlook: -6% (from 2014 to 2024)

Power plant operators manage the systems that disseminate electric power. The bottom 10% earned less than $47,560, while the top 10 % earned more than $101,630.

3. Construction manager

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  • Median salary: $87,400
  • Jobs in 2014: 373,200
  • Job outlook: 5% growth (from 201 to 2024)

Construction managers are responsible for the coordination, budgeting, and supervision of construction projects. The bottom 10% earned less than $52,350, and the top 10% earned more than $155,200.

4. Commercial pilot

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  • Median salary: $102,520
  • Jobs in 2014: 19,200
  • Job outlook: 5% growth (from 2014 to 2024)

As a commercial pilot you will fly and guide airplanes, helicopters, and other aircraft. The bottom 10% earned less than $60,770, and the top 10% earned an annual salary of more than $187,000.

5. Air traffic controller

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  • Median salary: $122,950
  • Jobs in 2014: 24,500
  • Job outlook:  -9% (from 2014 to 2024)

Air traffic controllers manage the flow of air traffic to make sure aircraft stay at a safe distance. The bottom 10% earned less than $66,780, and the highest 10% earned more than $172,590.

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