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Best paying blue-collar jobs in America include elevator technicians

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The elevators that whisk us from floor to floor of buildings are something most of us take for granted; that is, until they break down and you have to take the stairs or, worse yet, get stuck inside one.

Elevator repairers are among the best paid blue-collar workers in America. (Photo: Flickr/frankfarm)

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It's at that time that you can't wait for an elevator repairman to show up, and according to Forbes magazine, they're among the best paid blue-collar workers in the United States.

According to a Forbes study, elevator installers and repairers earn an average salary of just over $73,500 per year. At least 10 percent of them make more than $103,000.

Beyond elevator technicians, the top five most well paid blue-collar jobs in the survey include electrical repairers, transportation inspectors, petroleum pump system operators and power-line installers.

In fact, Forbes says that the District of Columbia is home to the most well-compensated transportation inspectors in the country.

Subway operators, aircraft mechanics and electricians also make their way into the list's top 20.

You can check out the full survey at Forbes.com.

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