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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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