These 15 Jobs Offer 150K, But There’s a Catch: It Depends Where You Live

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There are plenty of people who own a high salary, defined as $150K or more each year. But, what do they do? What are the top jobs that can provide this kind of salary? The answer depends on the city that you’re in.

All-Star Home looked through the relevant data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics American Community Survey to find out this information. Discover what the top earners are doing in this selection of cities.

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In November 2023,  All-Star Home analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics American Community Survey five-year sample ending in 2021. They filtered the data by individuals who make a salary of $150,000 or more. They looked at the top occupations and industries across America making that salary, as well as in 50 cities. While most cities have five industries listed, Milwaukee and Des Moines only have four.

Akron, OH

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In this Midwestern city, several professions regularly have people earning more than $150K. Managers and chief executives are the two professions most likely to come with those salaries.

Anchorage, AK

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In Anchorage, it’s the city’s physicians that are most likely to earn a high salary. Chief executives, pilots, non-medical managers, and flight engineers also do well in this city.

Arlington, VA

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Judges, lawyers, and other judicial workers are the occupations most likely to earn a high salary in Arlington. Among the people in this profession, about 17% of them earn more than $150K a year.

Augusta, GA

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To make it big in Augusta, you need to be a physician. About 14% of them make a high salary. The second most likely professions to make a lot include judicial workers, lawyers, and judges.

Baltimore, MD

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About 11% of physicians in Baltimore make a high salary. Lawyers, judges, and other judicial workers make a high salary here at a rate of 8%. Chief executives can also do very well here.

Boston, MA

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You have the best chance of a high salary if you’re a judge, lawyer, or other judicial worker in Boston. About 9% of them make a high salary, and about 8% of managers do.

Buffalo, NY

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Among physicians in this city, 13% of them are high earners. About 12% of judicial workers, lawyers, and judges earn this salary. Among chief executives, about 7% earn this high.

Chesapeake, VA

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In Chesapeake, it pays to be a manager. About 12% of managers are high earners. Physicians and chief executives earn a high salary about 5% of the time. People in architecture and engineering also do well.

Chicago, IL

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People working in the judicial field, including judges and attorneys, do well in this bustling city. About 10% of them are high earners. Managers earn a high salary about 7% of the time here.

Cleveland, OH

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Various judicial workers earn a high salary here about 10% of the time. About 20% of physicians do as well. Next to these two professions, being a manager in Chicago gives you the best chance of making more than $150K.

Columbus, GA

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Financial managers have it made in Columbus with 9% of them earning a high salary. Among other types of managers in the area, about 9% do. Physicians earn this kind of salary at a rate of 8%.

Denver, CO

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Judicial workers, including attorneys and lawyers, earn a high salary about 9% of the time. Physicians and certain types of managers in Denver do so slightly less often at 8% each.

Des Moines, IA

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Judicial workers of various types do well in Des Moines, earning a high salary at a rate of 14%. Chief executives do this at a rate of 8%. Managers, at 5%, can also do very well in this Midwestern city.

Detroit, MI

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If you’re in Detroit, going into management is a good career path. About 10% of them make more than $150K. About 6% of judicial workers earn these high salaries. Among chief executives, the rate is 5%.

El Paso, TX

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Physicians in El Paso are high earners about 9% of the time. About 7% of managers earn a high salary, and about 6% of chief executives do. There’s also a lot of money in construction.

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