25 Cities With the Highest (and Lowest) Paying Jobs

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10. Boulder, CO
> Annual median wage: $48,050
> High concentrations of: Physicists (39.2 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of physicists: $96,580
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 2.6%
> Poverty rate: 11.0%

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9. Fairbanks, AK
> Annual median wage: $48,150
> High concentrations of: Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers (19.0 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers: $137,690
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 6.5%
> Poverty rate: 9.9%

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8. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
> Annual median wage: $49,110
> High concentrations of: Ship engineers (5.3 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of ship engineers: $90,420
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 4.5%
> Poverty rate: 9.6%

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7. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
> Annual median wage: $49,630
> High concentrations of: Survey researchers (5.8 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of survey researchers: $48,960
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 4.6%
> Poverty rate: 8.6%

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6. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
> Annual median wage: $50,550
> High concentrations of: Biochemists and biophysicists (7.2 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of biochemists and biophysicists: $108,870
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 3.1%
> Poverty rate: 9.6%