The 10 highest-paying cities in the US

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If you want to maximize your income, where you live could make all the difference.

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U.S. News recently released its 2016 Best Jobs rankings, which determined the best jobs in America by looking at factors like median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. From this list, U.S. News also found the highest-paying cities for each occupation by culling through the average salaries of people with that job across the country.

Note that many of these cities also come with a high cost of living, necessitating that employers shell out higher salaries to stay competitive. But frugal and modest spenders can capitalize and make these outsized salaries stretch a long way.

Here are the 10 cities that offer the most opportunities for high-paying jobs, with examples of positions and corresponding annual average salaries for that city drawn from U.S. News' list of the best jobs in the US.

See the highest-paying cities in the US below:

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The 10 highest-paying cities in the US

10. Boston, Massachusetts

Best high-paying jobs:

Oral and maxillofacial surgeon — $262,290

Orthodontist — $233,660

Cartographer — $81,450

9. Trenton, New Jersey

Best high-paying jobs:

Podiatrist — $185,960

Operations research analyst — $109,670

Statistician — $102,800 

8. Fairbanks, Alaska

Best high-paying jobs:

Mechanical engineer —$108,320

Speech-language pathologist — $102,140 

7. Vallejo, California

Best high-paying jobs:

Psychiatrist — $255,290

Nurse practitioner — $127,860

Physical therapist — $112,270

6. Anchorage, Alaska

Best high-paying jobs:

Optometrist — $187,310

Mechanical engineer — $125,260

Massage therapist — $86,270

5. Bridgeport, Connecticut

Best high-paying jobs:

IT manager — $160,180 

Marketing manager — $158,460 

Computer systems analyst — $108,040

4. New York, New York

Best high-paying jobs:

Operations research analyst — $113,350

Audiologist — $107,530

Accountant — $93,160

3. Washington, DC

Best high-paying jobs:

Operations research analyst — $108,510 

Computer systems analyst — $103,750 

Web developer — $84,990 

2. San Francisco, California

Best high-paying jobs:

Statistician — $121,300

Software developer — $118,690

Web developer — $91,560

1. San Jose, California

Best high-paying jobs:

Nurse anesthetist — $232,970

Nurse practitioner — $139,570

Computer systems analyst — $108,500


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