These Are The Highest Paying Trade School Jobs of 2021

If you’ve decided to go to trade school, but don’t yet know what you want to study, consider one of the highest paying trade school jobs of 2021.

These career paths are fast-growing and offer a consistent, high-paying salary. Especially considering you can finish your education in half the time or less compared to a traditional education.

Keep reading for more information on which trade school programs might offer you the highest ROI in terms of your salary and career path. 

Licensed Practical Nurse

Average Salary: $23.18 per hour

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What does a Licensed Practical Nurse Do?

A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) works under the direction of a doctor or Registered Nurse (RN). They handle things like monitoring patients, taking vitals, administering medication, and help patients throughout their hospitalization or medical procedures.

To become an LPN, you have to get the relevant certifications and be able to handle being on your feet 8+ hours a day as well as be physically fit.

Marine Mechanic

Average Salary: $38,280

What does a Marine Mechanic do? 

Similar to how you need a licensed mechanic to work on your car, marine mechanics are trained to maintain and fix problems with watercrafts. Marine mechanics have to learn how to test electrical systems, repair and replace parts, fix rigging, and test fuel systems.

To become a marine mechanic, you’ll need to get your Associates in Applied Science in Marine Technology or a similar major. While you don’t need to live by a body of water, there could be more job opportunities in those locations.

HVAC Technician

Average Salary: $23.20

What does an HVAC Technician do?

An HVAC technician needs to have the training and experience to maintain, repair, and install heating, A/C, ventilation, and refrigeration systems. Depending on training, technicians can focus on industrial systems or residential units, or both. 

To become an HVAC technician, you need to take a trade school program like HVAC Excellence and take the North American Technician Excellence (or similar) exam.

Automotive Service Tech

Average Salary: $38,470

What does an Automotive Service Tech do?

Automotive Service Techs work on car engines, replace and order parts, and test car systems to ensure there are no issues. They also handle the usual maintenance like oil changes, tire rotation, and any other customer concerns that come through the door.

You can typically work at a car dealership, mechanic shop, parts store, or independently. Usually, you’ll want to go to a trade program that offers an automotive education such as Universal Technical Institute

Commercial Diver

Average Salary: $49, 090

What does a Commercial Diver do? 

Commercial divers are responsible for going underwater to fix broken structures, take photographs of structures, clean up spills, or conduct underwater welding as needed. These professionals spend most of their time on boats or working for oil companies, and some work for law enforcement agencies diving for bodies in lakes and rivers. 

To become a commercial diver, you’ll need to complete a 6-month course and get certified by a professional affiliation program like the International Marine Contracts Association or Association of Diving Contractors International.


Average Salary: $52,720

What does an Electrician do? 

A highly stable job, electricians are needed in all industries for several different reasons. They do wiring, work on motors, electrical repairs, and have to have an understanding of safety protocols and procedures. Electricians can work for themselves or in many different industries, such as construction and real estate.

To become an electrician, you need to take an Electrician Career Training Program and pass certification programs such as the NCCER level ones

Home Inspector

Average Salary: 58,480

What does a Home Inspector do?

Home Inspectors inspect homes that are on the market to ensure there are no significant issues. That includes checking on the heating/cooling systems, the structural integrity of the house, code violations, and the foundation. It requires knowledge of landscaping, property values, ethics, foundations, plumbing, and electrical engineering. 

To become a home inspector, you’ll need to take a Home Inspector Career Training program, like that offered by the Stratford Career Institute and become state-licensed. 

Aviation Maintenance Tech

Average Salary: $60,270

What does an Aviation Maintenance Tech do?

An aviation tech, also known as an aircraft mechanic, works on repairing, maintaining, and testing the electrical systems of an aircraft. They are paramount in making sure an aircraft can safely fly by frequently checking and replacing parts. They have to have a deep understanding of the mechanics of all different types of aircraft.

To become an aviation maintenance technician, you need to go through a tech program that is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration and the State Division of Vocational Education. 


Average Salary: $62,060

What does a Boilermaker do?

Boilermakers are responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining boilers. Boilers are large containers that hold gas, water, or other liquids. You must know how to check the pressure within the boiler itself as well as its heat exchangers and pipes. It usually requires some travel to different types of businesses to check and repair their individual boilers. 

To become a boilermaker, you need to take a four-year program that teaches you the basics of the industry as well as additional education in welding and gas medals. You can find programs through the Boilermakers National Apprenticeship Program

Dental Hygienist

Average Salary: $72, 910

What does a Dental Hygienist do?

A dental hygienist is responsible for doing teeth cleanings and assisting dentists with procedures like fillings and oral surgeries. They will also need to be educated on how to screen for disease and decay of the teeth, and how to help patients take care of their dental health.

To become a dental hygienist, you have to take a specific dental program and get licensed in the state you plan to practice in. This is a fast-growing field where you can expect job stability and consistency.