The Best-Paying Cities For The Hottest Jobs

By Morgan Quinn GOBankingRates.com.

Are you getting paid well for your career?

If the answer is no, it might not be because of what line of work you're in, you could be getting underpaid because of where you live.

In a new study, GOBankingRates ranked the best- and worst-paying cities for some of the hottest jobs of 2015, showing the huge impact geography has on income.

Our report doesn't just focus on the city whose residents get the highest nominal salary because workers in expensive cities like San Francisco will typically make more than residents of, say, Des Moines, Iowa. We weighted our evaluation to account for local wage differences as a cost-of-living measurement. The resulting rankings show you which cities actually give their workers the most bang for their income.

ACCOUNTANT National median wage: $60,151 Best Cities 5. Haverhill, Mass. ($72,020) 4. San Jose, Calif. ($85,280) 3. New York ($84,020) 2. Salinas, Calif. ($78,640) 1. Parkersburg, W.Va. ($69,500) Worst Cities 5. Honolulu ($57,150) 4. Charleston, W.Va. ($49,110) 3. Jefferson City, Mo. ($46,110) 2. Ann Arbor, Mich. ($56,910) 1. Tallahassee, Fla. ($47,200) ___ COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYST National median wage: $74,234 Best Cities 5. Oxnard, Calif. ($98,660) 4. Chattanooga, Tenn. ($86,900) 3. Peoria, Ill. ($92,530) 2. Colorado Springs, Colo. ($97,600) 1. Springfield, Ill. ($103,290) Worst Cities 5. Lincoln, Neb. ($62,760) 4. Syracuse, N.Y. ($65,900) 3. Lansing, Mich. ($66,850) 2. New Orleans ($58,760) 1. Jefferson City, Mo. ($49,540) ___ DENTAL HYGIENIST National median wage: $69,071 Best Cities 5. Tacoma, Wash. ($94,700) 4. Los Angeles ($103,380) 3. San Francisco ($114,690) 2. Sacramento, Calif. ($103,830) 1. Oxnard, Calif. ($104,530) Worst Cities 5. Pittsburgh ($55,800) 4. Columbia, S.C. ($51,860) 3. New Orleans ($52,860) 2. Oklahoma City ($45,960) 1. Birmingham, Ala. ($46,070) ____

DENTIST National median wage: $143,417 Best Cities 5. Charlotte, N.C. ($169,760) 4. San Antonio ($167,960) 3. Tampa, Fla. ($167,040) 2. Fort Worth, Texas ($178,860) 1. Atlanta ($186,310) Worst Cities 5. San Jose, Calif. ($125,150) 4. Indianapolis ($97,390) 3. Washington ($117,230) 2. Las Vegas ($96,430) 1. Bethesda, Md. ($62,580) ___ INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYST National median wage: $81,686 Best Cities 5. Tampa, Fla. ($89,140) 4. Oakland, Calif. ($109,320) 3. San Jose, Calif. ($113,260) 2. Charlotte, N.C. ($94,410) 1. New York ($114,560) Worst Cities 5. St. Louis ($75,620) 4. Columbus, Ohio ($74,160) 3. Cincinnati ($72,370) 2. Boston ($82,840) 1. Miami ($67,170) ___ GOBankingRates.com (<http://www.gobankingrates.com>) is a leading portal for personal finance news and features, offering visitors the latest information on everything from interest rates to strategies on saving money, managing a budget and getting out of debt.

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