Some jobs that pay well and don't require a college degree include being an elevator installer or repair professional, commercial pilot and police detective. Farming and ranching jobs also don't require a college degree but often have a high salary.
Elevator repair technicians work on passenger and freight elevators, including escalators. As of 2012, they make an average of $76,650 a year. This only requires a high school diploma or GED and a completed apprenticeship.
Criminal investigators and detectives need to start as a police officer and get on-the-job training, but do not need a college degree. The average salary is $74,300 as of 2012. Commercial pilots make over $73,000 a year, while farming and ranch managers make around $69,300 a year.