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Where do people earn the biggest paychecks? Houston, for one.


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Houston's reputation as a low-wage mecca may be fading. It comes in at number 5.

To find the cities where people earn the largest and smallest paychecks, we turned to Payscale.com, a site that has collected salary and career data from more than 35 million people. They looked at compensation data for professionals in the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (based on 2010 population estimates by the Census), and provided us with median pay for workers who hold at least a bachelor’s degree, across three experience levels: starting (5 or less years of experience), mid-career (10 or more years of experience) and overall (all years of experience).

No. 1 Best-Paying City: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.

Overall median pay: $93,100

Starting median pay: $68,600

Mid-career median pay: $128,000

No. 2 Best-Paying City: San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.

Overall median pay: $73,500

Starting median pay: $57,200

Mid-career median pay: $108,000

No. 3 Best-Paying City: Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.

Overall median pay: $68,700

Starting median pay: $53,300

Mid-career median pay: $95,500

No. 4 Best-Paying City: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va.

Overall median pay: $67,300

Starting median pay: $52,600

Mid-career median pay: $101,000

No. 5 Best-Paying City: Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas

Overall median pay: $66,700

Starting median pay: $53,200

Mid-career median pay: $94,600

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cities-where-people-earn-biggest-100008498.html

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