Where can you get paid the most in every state?

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Where can you get paid the most in every state?

The median income in the U.S. was $31,099 a year as of September. That's the highest it's been in decades, even adjusted for inflation. But it's pocket change to some Americans.

Higher incomes generally correlate to higher rent and a higher cost of living, but pay disparities, even within the same city, can be huge. For example, workers on the north side of the Central Expressway in Mountain View, California, ZIP code 94043, make $225,237.96 a year. On the other side of the road, in ZIP code 94040, the average worker makes less than half of that (guess which side of town the Googleplex is).

Which ZIP codes have the highest pay?

The Census recently released business data for every ZIP code in the country. We looked at the number of employees and payroll to find out how much workers made on average in each ZIP code to find out which areas had the highest pay in every state. Our list provides a chance to see exactly where the money is being made down to the neighborhood, and in some cases, down to the block.

Here are the highest-paying ZIP codes in each state.

Alaska: 99508

City: Anchorage
Average pay: $69,303.99
What's here? BP offices

Alabama: 35233

City: Birmingham
Average pay: $71,013.23
What's here? Brasfield & Gorrie headquarters

Arkansas: 72201

City: Little Rock
Average pay: $65,815.53
What's here? Dillard's headquarters

Arizona: 85054

City: Phoenix
Average pay: $87,233.69
What's here? Republic Services headquarters

California: 94025

City: Menlo Park
Average pay: $249,236.43
What's here? Facebook headquarters

Colorado: 80202

City: Denver
Average pay: $91,305.10
What's here? Chipotle headquarters

Connecticut: 06830

City: Greenwich
Average pay: $137,137.54
What's here? Investment firms including Blue Harbour Group and Silver Point Capital

Delaware: 19801

City: Wilmington
Average pay: $85,944.58
What's here? M&T Bank, Bank of America and other financial company offices

Florida: 33131

City: Miami
Average pay: $104,244.80
What's here? Offices for international law firm Greenberg Traurig

Georgia: 30326

City: Atlanta
Average pay: $98,415.88
What's here? Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls

Hawaii: 96813

City: Honolulu
Average pay: $65,886.37
What's here? First Hawaiian Bank headquarters

Iowa: 50309

City: Des Moines
Average pay: $66,402.99
What's here? Principal Financial Group headquarters

Idaho: 83714

City: Garden City
Average pay: $59,320.50
What's here? Boise Bible College

Illinois: 60064

City: North Chicago
Average pay: $192,296.58
What's here? Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Indiana: 46204

City: Indianapolis
Average pay: $70,965.01
What's here? Anthem headquarters

Kansas: 66211

City: Leawood
Average pay: $77,546.49
What's here? AMC Theatres headquarters

Kentucky: 40202

City: Louisville
Average pay: $65,512.09
What's here? Humana headquarters

Louisiana: 70121

City: New Orleans
Average pay: $66,359.04
What's here? Ochsner Medical Center

Massachusetts: 02142

City: Cambridge
Average pay: $163,842.12
What's here? Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Maryland: 21240

City: Baltimore
Average pay: $100,927.76
What's here? Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Maine: 04092

City: Westbrook
Average pay: $59,140.76
What's here? Idexx Laboratories headquarters

Michigan: 48033

City: Southfield
Average pay: $95,796.15
What's here? Lear Corporation headquarters

Minnesota: 55402

City: Minneapolis
Average pay: $101,983.44
What's here? U.S. Bancorp corporate offices

Missouri: 63105

City: St. Louis
Average pay: $99,323.82
What's here? Centene Corporation national headquarters

Mississippi: 39216

City: Jackson
Average pay: $60,078.18
What's here? University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Montana: 59101

City: Billings
Average pay: $51,414.23
What's here? Kampgrounds of America corporate office

North Carolina: 28202

City: Charlotte
Average pay: $115,608.42
What's here? Bank of America Corporate Center

North Dakota: 58801

City: Williston
Average pay: $65,445.81
What's here? Williston sits on top of the Bakken oil formation.

Nebraska: 68128

City: La Vista
Average pay: $77,819.53
What's here? Paypal operations center

New Hampshire: 03054

City: Merrimack
Average pay: $71,428.99
What's here? Brookstone headquarters

New Jersey: 07981

City: Whippany
Average pay: $142,311.21
What's here? Bayer U.S. headquarters

New Mexico: 87106

City: Albuquerque
Average pay: $51,518.56
What's here? University of New Mexico

Nevada: 89521

City: Reno
Average pay: $56,229.20
What's here? Offices for International Game Technology

New York: 10281

City: New York
Average pay: $213,622.81
What's here? This ZIP code serves Brookfield Place, also known as the World Financial Center, a shopping center and office complex with tenants including Time, Inc.

Ohio: 45202

City: Cincinnati
Average pay: $90,913.49
What's here? Procter & Gamble headquarters

Oklahoma: 73102

City: Oklahoma City
Average pay: $89,497.67
What's here? Devon Energy corporate headquarters

Oregon: 97124

City: Hillsboro
Average pay: $94,311.94
What's here? Four Intel campuses

Pennsylvania: 19312

City: Berwyn
Average pay: $104,593.20
What's here? TE Connectivity regional headquarters

Rhode Island: 02903

City: Providence
Average pay: $58,066.96
What's here? Textron world headquarters

South Carolina: 29601

City: Greenville
Average pay: $65,986.60
What's here? St. Francis Health System

South Dakota: 57108

City: Sioux Falls
Average pay: $47,504.02
What's here? MetaBank main office

Tennessee: 38120

City: Memphis
Average pay: $81,813.85
What's here? FedEx headquarters

Texas: 77010

City: Houston
Average pay: $168,316.94
What's here? Ernst & Young offices

Utah: 84111

City: Salt Lake City
Average pay: $72,079.47
What's here? Grand America Hotel

Virginia: 20190

City: Reston
Average pay: $109,069.55
What's here? Carahsoft Technology Corporation

Vermont: 05495

City: Williston
Average pay: $49,438.24
What's here? Vermont Department of Corrections

Washington: 98052

City: Redmond
Average pay: $151,357.05
What's here? Microsoft headquarters

Wisconsin: 53202

City: Milwaukee
Average pay: $83,516.69
What's here? Northwestern Mutual corporate headquarters

West Virginia: 25301

City: Charleston
Average pay: $48,953.43
What's here? Charleston Area Medical Center

Wyoming: 83001

City: Jackson
Average pay: $45,309.53
What's here? Snow King Resort

Methodology

The source for the data is the Census County Business Patterns data series. To get average pay, we divided annual payroll by the number of employees in each zip code with at least 10,000 employees.

Wondering how pay has changed since the Great Recession? Here's where income has gone up the most since 2008.

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