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.
City: Anchorage Average pay: $69,303.99 What's here? BP offices
City: Birmingham Average pay: $71,013.23 What's here? Brasfield & Gorrie headquarters
City: Little Rock Average pay: $65,815.53 What's here? Dillard's headquarters
City: Phoenix Average pay: $87,233.69 What's here? Republic Services headquarters
City: Menlo Park Average pay: $249,236.43 What's here? Facebook headquarters
City: Denver Average pay: $91,305.10 What's here? Chipotle headquarters
City: Greenwich Average pay: $137,137.54 What's here? Investment firms including Blue Harbour Group and Silver Point Capital
City: Wilmington Average pay: $85,944.58 What's here? M&T Bank, Bank of America and other financial company offices
City: Miami Average pay: $104,244.80 What's here? Offices for international law firm Greenberg Traurig
City: Atlanta Average pay: $98,415.88 What's here? Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls
City: Honolulu Average pay: $65,886.37 What's here? First Hawaiian Bank headquarters
City: Des Moines Average pay: $66,402.99 What's here? Principal Financial Group headquarters
City: Garden City Average pay: $59,320.50 What's here? Boise Bible College
City: North Chicago Average pay: $192,296.58 What's here? Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
City: Indianapolis Average pay: $70,965.01 What's here? Anthem headquarters
City: Leawood Average pay: $77,546.49 What's here? AMC Theatres headquarters
City: Louisville Average pay: $65,512.09 What's here? Humana headquarters
City: New Orleans Average pay: $66,359.04 What's here? Ochsner Medical Center
City: Cambridge Average pay: $163,842.12 What's here? Massachusetts Institute of Technology
City: Baltimore Average pay: $100,927.76 What's here? Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
City: Westbrook Average pay: $59,140.76 What's here? Idexx Laboratories headquarters
City: Southfield Average pay: $95,796.15 What's here? Lear Corporation headquarters
City: Minneapolis Average pay: $101,983.44 What's here? U.S. Bancorp corporate offices
City: St. Louis Average pay: $99,323.82 What's here? Centene Corporation national headquarters
City: Jackson Average pay: $60,078.18 What's here? University of Mississippi School of Medicine
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.
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
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.
City: Cincinnati Average pay: $90,913.49 What's here? Procter & Gamble headquarters
City: Oklahoma City Average pay: $89,497.67 What's here? Devon Energy corporate headquarters
City: Hillsboro Average pay: $94,311.94 What's here? Four Intel campuses
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
City: Memphis Average pay: $81,813.85 What's here? FedEx headquarters
City: Houston Average pay: $168,316.94 What's here? Ernst & Young offices
City: Salt Lake City Average pay: $72,079.47 What's here? Grand America Hotel
City: Reston Average pay: $109,069.55 What's here? Carahsoft Technology Corporation
City: Williston Average pay: $49,438.24 What's here? Vermont Department of Corrections
City: Redmond Average pay: $151,357.05 What's here? Microsoft headquarters
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
City: Jackson Average pay: $45,309.53 What's here? Snow King Resort
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.
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