Jobs That Pay Over $55k, and You Only Need a High School Diploma

There are plenty of good-paying jobs that require only a high school diploma and don't involve flipping burgers.

After four years of college, the average grad will have over $37,000 in debt to pay -- and that's at the beginning of their career, according to Debt.org.

Wouldn't you like to spend those four years after high school earning a quarter of a million dollars while you learn and build your career?

With just a high school diploma and an internship or apprenticeship, some jobs can pay more than $75,000 a year.

To find these jobs, TheStreet searched the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupation Finder for jobs with a median pay higher than $55,000, require only a high school diploma, on-the-job training, apprenticeships or internships, and have some expected job growth through 2026.

Here are 20 good-paying jobs you can get with just a high school diploma:

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1. First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
1. First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

1. First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: None

Job growth: 50,000 or more jobs by 2026 (13%)

Someone needs to orchestrate all that goes in to large construction and extraction sites, and these supervisors are in charge of coordinating it all.

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2. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products)
2. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products)

2. Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products)

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 50,000 or more jobs by 2026 (5%)

These sales reps sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.

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3. First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
3. First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

3. First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: None

Job growth: 10,000 to 49,999 jobs by 2026 (5%)

These non-retail supervisors often work in wholesale trade or finance and insurance.

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4. Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
4. Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

4. Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Long-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 10,000 to 49,999 jobs by 2026 (8%)

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5. First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
5. First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

5. First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: None

Job growth: 10,000 to 49,999 jobs by 2026 (7%)

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6. Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
6. Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

6. Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 10,000 to 49,999 jobs by 2026 (7%)

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7. Construction and Building Inspectors
7. Construction and Building Inspectors

7. Construction and Building Inspectors

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 10,000 to 49,999 jobs by 2026 (10%)

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8. First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
8. First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

8. First-Line Supervisors and Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: None

Job growth: 10,000 to 49,999 jobs by 2026 (7%)

These supervisors are often responsible for enforcing safety rules and regulations, planning work assignments and equipment allocations, or inspecting equipment and vehicles.

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9. Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers
9. Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers

9. Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: None

Job growth: 10,000 to 49,999 jobs by 2026 (10%)

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10. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
10. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

10. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

2016 median pay: $75,000 or more

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: None

Job growth: 5,000 to 9,999 jobs by 2026 (7%)

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10. First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
10. First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

10. First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

2016 median pay: $75,000 or more

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 5,000 to 9,999 jobs by 2026 (7%)

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11. Detectives and Criminal Investigators
11. Detectives and Criminal Investigators

11. Detectives and Criminal Investigators

2016 median pay: $75,000 or more

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 5,000 to 9,999 jobs by 2026 (7%)

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12. Elevator Installers and Repairers
12. Elevator Installers and Repairers

12. Elevator Installers and Repairers

2016 median pay: $75,000 or more

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Apprenticeship

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026 (12%)

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13. Commercial Pilots
13. Commercial Pilots

13. Commercial Pilots

2016 median pay: $75,000 or more

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026 (4%)

The 2016 median pay for commercial pilots was $105,720 a year, according to the BLS. Pilots need a commercial pilot's license. Commercial pilots are involved in unscheduled flight activities, such as charter flights and aerial tours. Airline pilots work primarily for airlines that transport passengers and cargo. Airline pilots usually need a bachelor's degree and must have the FAA-issued Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

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14. Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other
14. Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other

14. Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other

2016 median pay: $75,000 or more

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Short-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026

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15. Transportation Inspectors
15. Transportation Inspectors

15. Transportation Inspectors

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026 (6%)

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16. Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
16. Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

16. Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026 (3%)

These workers usually operate or control petroleum refining or processing units.

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17. Boilermakers
17. Boilermakers

17. Boilermakers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Apprenticeship

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026 (9%)

Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

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18. Stationary Engineers And Boiler Operators
18. Stationary Engineers And Boiler Operators

18. Stationary Engineers And Boiler Operators

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Long-term on-the-job training

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026 (5%)

Stationary engineers and boiler operators control stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or for industrial purposes. They usually work in manufacturing, government, educational services, and hospitals. 

Above, boiler plant operator Mike Spillard checks the turbine of a cogeneration plant aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 12, 2016.

Photo: Cpl. Thomas Mudd/USMC

19. Real Estate Brokers
19. Real Estate Brokers

19. Real Estate Brokers

2016 median pay: $55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: None

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026 (6%)

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20. Rail Car Repairers
20. Rail Car Repairers

20. Rail Car Repairers

2016 median pay:$55,000 to $74,999

Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Training: Long-term, on-the-job training

Job growth: 1,000 to 4,999 jobs by 2026 (8%)

Rail car repairers specialize in servicing railroad locomotives, subway cars, and other rolling stock. They usually work for railroads, public and private transit companies, and railcar manufacturers.

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More Fast-Growing Jobs:
More Fast-Growing Jobs:

Other fast-growing jobs that require only a high-school diploma include solar voltaic installers, with a projected job growth of about 45%. The 2016 median wage was about $39,240.

Roustabouts, who assemble or repair oil field equipment, had a 2016 median wage of $55,010, according to Careeronestop.org, and job growth is expected to be about 8%.

For more information about these jobs, or to search for career ideas by entering your own criteria, such as salary, training, or education, visit the BLS Occupation Finder, or search ONetOnline.

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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