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Highest Paying Cities for Economists

The top 70 highest paying cities for economists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of economists in those cities are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with a annual salary of $136,270, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California is the highest paying city for economists. It is followed by Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland (average annual salary $131,040). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of economists in a specific city, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 70 Highest Paying Cities/Areas for Economists

Rank City/Area Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California
$136,270
420
2 Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, Maryland
$131,040
160
3 New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York
$121,140
410
4 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas
$120,350
340
5 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
$119,670
250
6 Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, California
$119,080
210
7 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York
$119,020
440
8 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, District of Columbia
$116,150
8,970
9 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, West Virginia
$116,140
8,790
10 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
$114,340
500
11 San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
$108,800
240
12 St Louis, Missouri
$106,870
70
13 Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas
$103,950
380
14 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$103,690
390
15 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia
$103,040
340
16 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
$101,740
40
17 Baltimore-Towson, Maryland
$101,370
80
18 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL Metropolitan Division), Illinois
$101,260
290
19 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (IL-IN-WI Area), Illinois
$101,260
300
20 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
$99,060
550
21 Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, Washington
$98,060
120
22 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
$97,370
140
23 Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, South Carolina
$96,560
40
24 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
$96,300
230
25 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$96,140
180
26 Tampa-St Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida
$95,720
40
27 Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California
$95,480
390
28 Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina
$95,210
60
29 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$94,900
1,180
30 Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut
$93,880
120
31 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts
$92,960
1,240
32 Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Michigan
$92,840
30
33 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado
$91,970
140
34 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
$91,780
60
35 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, New York
$91,190
40
36 Richmond, Virginia
$90,880
70
37 Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana
$90,420
n/a
38 Kansas City, Missouri
$89,020
140
39 Anchorage, Alaska
$88,810
60
40 Edison-New Brunswick, New Jersey
$88,220
n/a
41 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Washington
$87,470
110
42 Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
$85,840
60
43 Bakersfield-Delano, California
$84,120
n/a
44 Boulder, Colorado
$84,010
40
45 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas
$82,950
90
46 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California
$80,110
60
47 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
$78,950
160
48 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
$78,410
70
49 Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area, Montana
$78,380
60
50 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
$77,810
30
51 Olympia, Washington
$76,350
170
52 Des Moines-West Des Moines, Iowa
$76,290
40
53 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, California
$73,840
50
54 Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, California
$71,850
190
55 Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan
$70,340
90
56 Honolulu, Hawaii
$70,300
30
57 Tulsa, Oklahoma
$68,330
40
58 Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan
$67,380
50
59 Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington, Wisconsin
$66,150
230
60 Tucson, Arizona
$62,450
50
61 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
$60,650
n/a
62 Columbia, South Carolina
$60,480
60
63 Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
$59,700
90
64 Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area, Maine
$57,020
30
65 Albuquerque, New Mexico
$55,970
40
66 Lansing-East Lansing, Michigan
$50,730
80
67 Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
$47,150
40
68 College Station-Bryan, Texas
$45,000
70
69 Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
$37,360
80
70 San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
$36,590
80
See also: Highest paying industries for economists.