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Here Are The Top 10 U.S. Cities With the Highest Salaries, 2020

San Jose, California

Employees in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area, continue to have the highest salaries in the country – and that’s after adjusting for cost-of-living differences. Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT was ranked 2nd for salaries among large metros, according to the Smartest Dollar study, with median adjusted earnings of $60,357 for full-time workers.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV region was ranked third for the highest adjusted salaries out of all U.S. states, with median adjusted earnings of $59,993 for full-time workers. The Boston-Cambridge-Newton region came in 4th place, with adjusted median earnings of $59,046.

Top 10 U.S. Cities With the Highest Salaries, 2020

  1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $63,727
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $82,463
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 30.7%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): +29.4%
  2. Hartford-East Hartford-Middletown, CT
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $60,357
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $61,625
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 18.1%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): +2.1%
  3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $59,993
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $70,672
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 17.0%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): +17.8%
  4. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $59,046
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $67,430
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 24.3%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): +14.2%
  5. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $58,573
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $66,129
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 28.2%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): +12.9%
  6. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $58,512
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $60,033
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 21.3%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): +2.6%
  7. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $58,331
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $76,764
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 31.5%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): +31.6%
  8. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $57,575
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $61,432
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 20.5%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): +6.7%
  9. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $57,222
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $51,500
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 19.8%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): -10.0%
  10. Raleigh-Cary, NC
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (adjusted): $56,934
    – Median earnings for full-time workers (unadjusted): $54,998
    – Percentage change since 2010 (unadjusted): 19.7%
    – Cost of living (compared to national average): -3.4%

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
CEO and editorial director of the CEOWORLD magazine, an extensively kudized author, noted journalist, syndicated columnist, and ostensible entrepreneur. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or connect on LinkedIn.
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