With so many bustling cities full of culture and business opportunities in the U.S., it can be difficult deciding where to live. For those looking to make a move, many factors come into play such as the cost of living, weather conditions and proximity to family.
Still, if you’re looking for a place where you can earn the highest salary, these five cities should be on your list.
New York City, New York
It’s no surprise that New Yorkers make a higher salary than most cities in the U.S. with their increasingly extreme cost of living. While this city didn’t make it very high on the list of Best Places to Live, it did come in at number 5 for cities with the highest salary. With a population of over 20 million people, the median annual salary in New York City is $59,060.
Packed with history, great food, and crazed sports fans to boast, Boston has steadily climbed its way up the corporate ladder and claimed a spot on this list. With some of the best universities located in the area and top pharmaceutical companies laying roots around the city, the median salary in this North-Eastern city on the water is $60,540.
While the District of Columbia is best known for its historical monuments and museums, the job opportunities don’t just include government work. Although there are plenty of those jobs to go around, D.C. also has a large market for health services, education, and even technology start-ups. If you choose to move to the Nation’s capital, you’ll find a median salary of $64,930.
San Francisco, California
With everyone flocking to the start-up haven of San Francisco, cost of housing has skyrocketed in this Northern California city. That means salaries are following the same trend. Coming in second on this list, the average salary in San Francisco is $64,990. Just try not to spend it all on rent, if you can help it.
San Jose, California
Number one on the list is another Northern California tech-hub. With more suburban neighborhoods to choose from than its neighbor, San Francisco, many technology, finance and large corporations have used the space to build massive campuses. In addition to touting the highest median salary by far at $75,770, the city was also named number 10 on the Overall Best Places To Live list.