High Wage and High Demand Occupations

Discover careers in the Lincoln metropolitan area with wages that sustain a living income and are currently in high demand. Our career planners will help you:

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High Wage

Professions with a median hourly wage exceeding $20.00 or an annual income of $41,600.

High Demand

Professions with a minimum of 100 job openings annually in the Lincoln area.

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Average Wages and Openings for High Demand Jobs in Lincoln, NE

wdt_ID Rank Occupation Title Occupation Title (unlinked) Average Annual Openings Average Annual Wage Average Hourly Wage
11 1 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers 778 58,605 28.18
12 2 Registered Nurses Registered Nurses 298 72,693 34.95
13 3 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers 239 95,010 45.68
14 4 General and Operations Managers General and Operations Managers 281 96,623 46.45
15 5 Compliance Officers Compliance Officers 165 76,363 36.71
16 6 Electricians Electricians 143 54,011 25.97
17 7 Machinists Machinists 154 53,120 25.54
18 8 Accountants and Auditors Accountants and Auditors 163 71,204 34.23
19 9 Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other 133 71,794 34.51
20 10 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 125 70,133 0.00

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The above information is for the Lincoln Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes the Nebraska counties of Lancaster and Seward.       

The 2020-2030 Long-term projections are based on employment data from 2020. During this time, employment in many occupations was lower than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, some occupations are projected to experience high job growth as they recover from the effects of the pandemic.                  

Skill and Demand from 2020-2030 Long-term Occupational Projections, July 2022                              

Wages from Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, 2nd Quarter 2022    

Information produced by The Nebraska Department of Labor, Office of Labor Market Information, Workforce Information Grant Unit, August 2022