Where in the United States can you get paid the most for your particular occupation? Information recently released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics could provide you with an answer to that very question.
The government agency released results showing the earning prospects of workers across 77 U.S. metropolitan areas using a calculation called pay relative, which crunches pay wage, salary, commission and production bonus information. The five major occupational groups tracked in the government study include management, business, and financial services; office and administrative support; service; production; and transportation and material moving.
According to the Labor department’s scale the average pay relative nationally for all occupations and for each occupational group is 100, while the metropolitan region of San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, Calif. earned the highest pay relative score of all metropolitan regions tracked at 120—meaning that workers in the region on average earn an additional 20 cents for every dollar earned nationally. Workers in the New York, NY-NJ-CT-PA metropolitan region came in second, with that region receiving a pay relative score of about 115.
The coastal regions earned the highest pay relative scores in comparison to those located in the middle of the country. Full results from the survey can be viewed on the Labor Department’s website.
On the lower end of the scale was the metropolitan region of Brownsville-Harlingen, Tex., which earned a pay relative score of 80, meaning workers in the region earn just 80 cents for every dollar earned nationally. Other low earning metropolitan regions included Amarillo Tex. and Johnston, Penn. which both earned scores of 88.
Here’s are some of the best places to live by geographic region based on the five major occupational regions identified:
|Management, Business and Financial||Office and Administrative Support||Production||Transportation and material moving||Service|
|New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA (120)||San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA (120)||Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI. (117)||Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA (117)||San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA (126)|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA (108)||New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA (115)||Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Truckee, CA-NV (117)||Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud, MN-WI (114)||Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA (123)|
|Reno-Sparks, NV (108)||Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH (114)||Bloomington-Normal, Il. (116)||Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH (111)||Hartford-West Hartford-Willimantic, CT (119)|
|Salinas, CA (108)||Hartford-West Hartford-Willimantic, CT (114)||Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia, WA (115)||Kansas City, MO-KS (110)||Minneapolis-St. Paul-St. Cloud, MN-WI (115)|
|San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA (108)||Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV (112)||Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA (113)||Salinas, CA/San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA (109)||San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (115)|