25 Cities With the Highest (and Lowest) Paying Jobs

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5. Gadsden, AL
> Annual median wage: $26,760
> High concentrations of: Food cooking machine operators and tenders (8.4 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of food cooking machine operators and tenders: $27,720
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 3.9%
> Poverty rate: 16.7%

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4. Laredo, TX
> Annual median wage: $26,760
> High concentrations of: Detectives and criminal investigators (15.4 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of detectives and criminal investigators: $82,930
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 3.7%
> Poverty rate: 33.0%

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3. Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC
> Annual median wage: $26,710
> High concentrations of: Airfield operations specialists (5.7 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of airfield operations specialists: $39,640
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 5.2%
> Poverty rate: 15.1%

2. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
> Annual median wage: $25,600
> High concentrations of: Detectives and criminal investigators (7.6 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of detectives and criminal investigators: $79,390
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 6.9%
> Poverty rate: 31.4%

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1. Brownsville-Harlingen, TX
> Annual median wage: $24,100
> High concentrations of: Nurse anesthetists (8.9 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of nurse anesthetists: $77,450
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 6.3%
> Poverty rate: 29.3%