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10 Cities Where You Will Earn the Most Money in 2017

Topics: Data & Research

New year, new you. If you’re feeling like 2017 is your year to find a new job in a new city, you’ve come to the right spot. PayScale has compiled data that shows which metro areas in the U.S. have the highest median pay. In addition to providing you with the 10 cities where you’ll earn the most money this year, we’ve included top employers in the area to help make the decision a little easier.

1. San Jose, CA

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Metro Area: San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara

Median Pay: $103,300 per year

Top Employers: Cisco, eBay, Adobe

Metro Population: 1,026,908


2. San Francisco, CA

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Metro Area: San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont

Median Pay: $85,500 per year

Top Employers: Salesforce, California Pacific Medical Center, Oracle, University of California

Metro Population: 4,656,132

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3. Seattle, WA

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Metro Area: Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue

Median Pay: $72,600

Top Employers: Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, University of Washington

Population: 3,733,580


4. Washington, D.C.

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Metro Area: Washington, Arlington, Alexandria

Median Pay: $71,900

Population: 6,097,684

Top Employers: Verizon


5. Boston, MA

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Metro Area: Boston, Cambridge, Quincy

Median Pay: $71,900

Population: 4,732,161

Top Employers: Liberty Mutual, Fidelity Investments, ZipCar, Bentley Motors


6. Bridgeport, CT

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Metro Area: Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk

Median Pay: $71,200

Population: 939,904

Top Employers: University of Bridgeport, People’s United Bank, St. Vincent’s Medical Center


7. New York, NY

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Metro Area: New York, Northern New Jersey, Long Island

Median Pay: $70,700

Population: 23,723,696

Top Employers: JP Morgan Chase & Co, Citi, American Express


8. Houston, TX

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Metro Area: Houston, Sugar Land, Baytown

Median Pay: $70,300

Population: 6,490,180

Top Employers: Halliburton, ConocoPhillips, Baker Hughes, Sysco


9. Hartford, CT

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Metro Area: Hartford, West Hartford, East Hartford

Median Pay: $70,100

Population: 1,211,324

Top Employers: Aetna, United Healthcare, Travelers


10. Bakersfield, CA

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Metro Area: Bakersfield

Median Pay: $69,300

Population: 839,631

Top Employers: Chevron, State Farm, Bolthouse Farms



We provide the early career, mid-career, and overall median pay for workers who have earned a bachelor’s degree, including those that went on to earn a higher degree, for the 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) with the highest MSA Size Rank. MSA population information from Wikipedia.

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