Where to Search for Jobs with the Biggest Paychecks

January 14, 2013

Career Information, Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast - where to search for jobsSalary is always a consideration when looking for a new job. Using data from PayScale.com, you can determine which metro areas in the country have the largest paychecks.  This data looks at people who have at least a Bachelor’s degree and takes career level into account for its calculations. This kind of information can give you ideas about where to search for jobs if you have some flexibility in your search.

Obviously, there is no guarantee that you salary will be bigger if you get a job in one of these cities, but it may be something that you can consider when making decisions.

1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara is at the top of the list. This area has experienced growth because of the continued strength of the information technology industry. The average starting pay is $68,600 and the overall median pay is $93,100.

2. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA

Another place that can thank the information technology industry is the San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont area. Here people just starting out make over $57,000 and by mid-career, workers here average $108,000.

3. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

Banking and finance industries are the driving forces in this area; there are many Fortune 500 companies based in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area. Median salary for all workers is $68,700; the mid-career average is $95,500 while the starting salary is $53,500.

4. Washington-Arlington-Alexandra, DC-VA-MD-WV

While Washington-Arlington-Alexandra has a lot of government jobs, the increase in paycheck size comes mainly from an influx of technology and science jobs. The median salary for entry workers in this metro area is $52,600 and mid-career workers earn an average of more than $100,000.

5. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

The Houston area benefits from strong health care and aeronautics industries but much of the salary growth is associated with oil and gas. The median salary for this area is $53,200 and the mid-level salary is $66,700.

6. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT

The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford area is the home to the insurance industry. Employees starting out average $51,300, mid-career workers earn around $90,000, and the median salary is $66,300.

7. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

In this northwestern metro area, biotechnology joins technology as the drivers for growth in jobs and salaries. The median salary for someone starting out may average around $50,900; after about 10 years, the mid-career salary average should be $94,400.

8. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

Finance, biotechnology, media and entertainment, and tourism are important to the economy in this metro area. The starting median salary is $51,000 and the mid-career salary average for this area is $98,400.

9. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

As home to several pharmaceutical, health care, and technology corporations, Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura maintains a stable economic environment. New employees start out with an average salary of $50,000 and the median overall salary is $64,900.

10. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH

A number of technology, biotech, and science corporations have moved into Boston-Cambridge-Quincy and have contributed to the rise in salaries.  The average starting salary is $50,500, the average salary for mid-career employees is $96,800, and the median overall salary is $64,700.

The cities that have maintained higher salaries and growth even during difficult economic times tend to be the home of many technology, finance, and oil companies.  Remember that this information is one thing to consider when searching for a job; other factors like the cost of living can impact how important these numbers are in your search.

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