Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Raleigh

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March 6, 2021
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Raleigh

Whether you picture hard-working teachers buying school supplies for their students or genius professors shaping future leaders, it’s fair to say education encompasses a wide variety of jobs. So much so that there’s room to specialize and pursue your passion.

Historically, teachers’ pay is a rather contentious topic. The median annual salary across all teaching professions is $57,949—about $3,000 below the median annual salary of all working professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Despite this, many of these jobs are rewarding in more ways than one. In other words, education can be very lucrative—particularly within specialty fields.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest- and lowest-paying education jobs in Raleigh, NC using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2019 annual mean wage. Keep reading to discover the highest- and lowest-paying education jobs in your city.

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#43. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,880
- #256 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,720

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,640
- Employment: 1,346,910
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($41,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($41,430)
--- New Bedford, MA ($41,360)
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#42. Substitute teachers, short-term

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,920
- #196 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,070

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,460
- Employment: 587,120
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salisbury, MD-DE ($58,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($53,870)
--- Salinas, CA ($49,790)
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#41. Preschool teachers, except special education

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,860
- #225 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,420

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,650
- Employment: 431,350
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($55,430)
--- Laredo, TX ($50,350)
--- Waterbury, CT ($49,840)
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#40. Self-enrichment teachers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,980
- #268 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,810

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,120
- Employment: 252,780
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($65,570)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($65,340)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($64,710)
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#39. Museum technicians and conservators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $34,500
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,030
- Employment: 13,190
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($68,320)
--- New Haven, CT ($63,900)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($63,240)
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#38. Library technicians

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $38,210
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,950
- Employment: 88,720
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,980)
--- Iowa City, IA ($54,140)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($52,650)
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#37. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,500
- #260 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,690

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,930
- Employment: 1,430,480
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kingston, NY ($92,090)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($90,270)
--- Merced, CA ($89,910)
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#36. Curators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $52,410
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,130
- Employment: 12,890
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($82,280)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,640)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($76,200)
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#35. Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,270
- #212 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,060

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,550
- Employment: 622,330
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kingston, NY ($91,610)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,350)
--- El Centro, CA ($89,610)
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#34. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,250
- #145 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,210
- Employment: 124,290
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Merced, CA ($97,220)
--- Modesto, CA ($91,230)
--- Kingston, NY ($89,850)
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#33. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,620
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,700

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,930
- Employment: 1,035,850
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($97,680)
--- Fresno, CA ($93,410)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,350)
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#32. Special education teachers, secondary school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,420
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,710
- Employment: 143,170
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($98,500)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($93,280)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,110)
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#31. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,600
- #125 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,800
- Employment: 74,520
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($102,780)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($87,500)
--- New Haven, CT ($85,740)
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#30. Career/technical education teachers, middle school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,820
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,900
- Employment: 11,860
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($126,110)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,660)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($90,480)
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#29. Architecture teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,070
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,980
- Employment: 6,780
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($166,930)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($141,050)
--- Providence-Warwick, RI-MA ($117,550)
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#28. Adult basic education, adult secondary education, and english as a second language instructors

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,640
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,980
- Employment: 51,950
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($94,920)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($92,360)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($90,000)
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#27. English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,180
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,180
- Employment: 67,930
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($138,190)
--- Fresno, CA ($128,540)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($121,070)
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#26. Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,820
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,220
- Employment: 94,060
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($119,250)
--- Rochester, NY ($114,810)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($112,520)
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#25. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,960
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,420
- Employment: 112,210
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($92,930)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($90,500)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($89,100)
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#24. Communications teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,680
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,830
- Employment: 29,120
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($139,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($128,640)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($124,400)
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#23. Special education teachers, middle school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,200
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,740
- Employment: 85,840
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($86,410)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($85,440)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($85,340)
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#22. Instructional coordinators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,040
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,180
- Employment: 176,690
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($117,990)
--- New Haven, CT ($111,750)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($103,980)
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#21. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,170
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,420
- Employment: 193,830
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Merced, CA ($93,990)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,040)
--- Fresno, CA ($89,480)
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#20. Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,630
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,720
- Employment: 15,880
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($132,460)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($101,230)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($94,590)
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#19. Psychology teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,890
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,530
- Employment: 37,480
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($129,120)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($128,700)
--- Fresno, CA ($127,520)
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#18. Librarians and media collections specialists

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $64,370
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 560

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,920
- Employment: 135,690
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($89,880)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,390)
--- Merced, CA ($87,800)
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#17. History teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $65,380
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $84,210
- Employment: 21,030
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($144,240)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($127,460)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($114,750)
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#16. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $65,420
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,980
- Employment: 14,070
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($141,190)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($138,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($102,150)
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#15. Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $65,940
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,170
- Employment: 24,860
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($127,820)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($115,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($110,010)
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#14. Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,610
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $88,970
- Employment: 23,490
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($155,290)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($134,000)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($133,610)
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#13. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,770
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,430
- Employment: 31,800
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($151,520)
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($149,560)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($142,520)
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#12. Sociology teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $67,570
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $85,240
- Employment: 13,850
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($121,440)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($119,800)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($118,900)
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#11. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,240
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,160
- Employment: 59,680
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($120,980)
--- Rochester, NY ($108,480)
--- New Haven, CT ($107,320)
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#10. Education teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,580
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,560
- Employment: 61,300
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Rochester, NY ($108,450)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($107,300)
--- Toledo, OH ($106,940)
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#9. Physics teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $75,160
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $101,110
- Employment: 13,780
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($148,240)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($144,430)
--- Rochester, NY ($144,220)
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#8. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $76,350
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,160
- Employment: 13,270
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($169,320)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($162,330)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($161,460)
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#7. Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $78,330
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,330
- Employment: 51,150
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($143,390)
--- Fresno, CA ($127,330)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($124,750)
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#6. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $83,400
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,700
- Employment: 53,090
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($143,420)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($142,610)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($140,810)
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#5. Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $85,070
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,650
- Employment: 21,380
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($137,130)
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($135,530)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($132,340)
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#4. Engineering teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $86,710
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $112,110
- Employment: 36,080
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($160,730)
--- Pittsburgh, PA ($143,600)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($140,020)
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#3. Business teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $89,470
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 770

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,440
- Employment: 83,920
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($177,360)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($154,210)
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($141,870)
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#2. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $90,260
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $121,620
- Employment: 201,920
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jacksonville, FL ($202,430)
--- Jackson, MS ($185,500)
--- Kalamazoo-Portage, MI ($184,130)
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#1. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $90,540
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,690
- Employment: 11,020
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($147,800)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($146,430)
--- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($138,680)

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