25 Cities With the Highest (and Lowest) Paying Jobs

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5. Trenton, NJ
> Annual median wage: $51,440
> High concentrations of: Chemists (8.4 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of chemists: $94,250
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 3.9%
> Poverty rate: 11.1%

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4. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
> Annual median wage: $52,210
> High concentrations of: Multimedia artists and animators (5.5 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of multimedia artists and animators: $88,020
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 2.8%
> Poverty rate: 9.2%

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3. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
> Annual median wage: $53,430
> High concentrations of: Political scientists (32.8 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of political scientists: $123,230
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 3.6%
> Poverty rate: 8.4%

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2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
> Annual median wage: $57,540
> High concentrations of: Computer hardware engineers (19.2 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of computer hardware engineers: $145,510
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 2.9%
> Poverty rate: 9.4%

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1. California-Lexington Park, MD
> Annual median wage: $62,820
> High concentrations of: Aerospace engineers (49.1 times more common than national distribution)
> Annual wage of aerospace engineers: $110,050
> Jan. 2018 unemployment rate: 4.3%
> Poverty rate: 10.0%