Rounding out the top five, nurse practitioners in San Jose, CA, claim the fourth most lucrative job, making $143,430, while registered nurses in Santa Cruz, CA, earn $136,570. Hellooooo Nurse. In fact, it’s good to be anything in California. The Golden State gives out the largest paychecks to 10 out of the 20 careers assessed in the study, and is the highest-paying state in the Union.
As for the worst state to work in, that'd be Wisconsin (sorry, cheese-makers), while Winston-Salem, NC, is the lowest-paying city, with an annual median income of $54,240 -- more than three times less the annual median income of $186,310 in the highest-paying city, Atlanta.
To see where you land on the salary map, check out this interactive graphic.
And assuming you haven’t already signed up for dental school, check out the states and cities that pay the most and least below.
The five highest-paying states (with at least 10,000 employed):
4. District of Columbia