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Top 15 Cities for High-Paying STEM Jobs

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Critic   2/23/2015 11:14:05 AM
I am always interested in seeing these kinds of data.  Anyone considering a move to an area where salaries are higher should consider the cost of living there!  In some cases, the salary difference is more than offset by the additional cost of living. 

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Elizabeth M   2/23/2015 11:41:54 AM
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Yes, you make a good point, Critic. The cost of living in an area must be taken into consideration. The reason why some of these jobs pay so high is probably because the cost of living in those places is so high. But also I am sure there are places in the U.S. where there is good pay and the cost of living isn't so bad, so the money received actually means someone can live quite comfortably. These are things that must be researched for sure.

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btwolfe   2/24/2015 9:27:28 AM
I can't read the graphic well enough to know how ciies are ranked other than what's in the text. I don't see a link to a better graphic. That being said, these survey's really do a disservice when they don't normalize for the cost of living. For example, I live in Houston and am fairly well paid. When I look at job offerings in California, etc, I have to laugh when they offer me a 10% increase over my current salary because it is so cheap to live here. Granted, there are other things to consider (climate, amenities), but since this article is suggesting that better salaries means better living, it is misleading at best.

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Battar   2/24/2015 9:54:16 AM
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Critic,

        That cuts both ways. Move to where the cost of living is lower, and there is not necessarily a disadvantage in lower pay. Of course, you have to factor in the quality of life, not just the cost, as measured in local schools, local public transport, distance from your mother in law etc.

Make a list of the top paying engineering jobs, and another list of the most fun/interesting engineering jobs, you probably won't find a single common element.

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Critic   2/24/2015 10:23:12 AM
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@Battar:

I agree.  Living in a state that has no income tax is a plus, too.

Money isn't everything!  It is important to enjoy work as well, although some people only enjoy their work if they are being highly paid.

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Elizabeth M   2/24/2015 11:17:30 AM
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Money isn't everything!  It is important to enjoy work as well, although some people only enjoy their work if they are being highly paid.


Definitely important to keep this in mind, and unfortunately, the latter is too true. Money is good and it certainly helps, but it shouldn't be the reason someone loves his/her job.

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Elizabeth M   2/24/2015 3:07:56 PM
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Make a list of the top paying engineering jobs, and another list of the most fun/interesting engineering jobs, you probably won't find a single common element.


Really? Surely there must be some high-paying jobs that are also extremely fun, interesting and gratifying. Maybe one of our readers wants to weigh in?

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Battar   2/25/2015 1:59:54 AM
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Elizabeth,

             I stand by my statement. Actually, I am paraphrasing a well known saying - "make a list of the worlds 1000 richest people and the worlds 1000 happiest people and you won't find a single common name".

The highest paid engineering job are in engineering management. The coolest jobs are in gadget development.

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Elizabeth M   2/25/2015 8:40:20 AM
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When you put it that way, Battar, it sounds about right. But maybe some managers really enjoy their jobs. ;)

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Some surprises here
Elizabeth M   2/23/2015 11:46:35 AM
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I actually found a few of the areas on this list quite surprising. Huntsville, Alabama, for instance, is not a place I would think of for high-paying STEM jobs. And even though the government has a lot of research facilities there, I also wouldn't have thought that Bethesda would take the top spot. I would've thought for sure the SF Bay area would've taken the top spot. I guess if they considered the area as oe bit place--SF, Silicon Valley and Oakland--it would probably be No. 1. But I suppose that depends on the specific data.

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deejayh   2/24/2015 9:29:28 AM
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Huntsville, AL is the home to the Nasa Marshall Space Fligt Center as well as the U.S. Army's missile command.

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Elizabeth M   2/24/2015 10:39:29 AM
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Well that explains it then, deejayh.

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NRDW   2/24/2015 10:25:16 AM
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Elizabeth,

From what we have been told Huntsville, Al is second only to silicon valley for the number of high tech jobs and industries.  Not only do we have the Aerospace and Defense jobs but we have growing manufacturing and bio-tech and many new start ups every year.

Huntsville also has the lowest cost of living of the places listed with the possible exception of Colorodo.  I am not sure how we compare.

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Elizabeth M   2/24/2015 11:14:48 AM
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Huntsville sounds like a great place for an engineer to live and really get the most out of that great pay, NRDW. It's nice to see some of our readers representing from the area. I have learned something new today. :)

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