These Are the Cities Where Women Make the Most Money
Women in America have come a long way in the past century. This time 100 years ago, the Equal Rights Amendment had yet to be drafted and we were not even two years into women’s rights to vote. To think that a woman could have her own bank account seemed like a pipe dream. And the idea that she could have the same career opportunities as a man? Unthinkable.
Though we’ve made tremendous progress in granting equality to women, we still fall short when it comes to salary and employment. In 2020, women earned 84% of what men earned, according to Pew Research Center; and, throughout the ongoing pandemic, millions of women have been essentially forced to leave their careers in order to provide care at home.
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Furthermore, the majority of the workforce is still male, even though women are now more likely to pursue college degrees.
Some cities are doing better than others, though. GOBankingRates has compiled a list of those where women stand to make the most money. The ranking is based on median income and percent of women making $100,000 or more.
20. McKinney, Texas
Median salary: $39,682
Women making $100K: 14.2%
Located in Collin County, McKinney is the 15th largest city in Texas, with a population of roughly 220,000. The average household income in McKinney is $113,806 and, according to Indeed.com, some of the city’s highest-paying job openings are for financial analysts, marketing consultants and real estate agents.
19. New York
Median salary: $37,198
Women making $100K: 17.7%
A city so great they named it twice, NYC is surprisingly not that outstanding when it comes to how it pays women. The Big Apple has been heavily criticized for its startling gender pay gap, which is no joke when considering how astronomically expensive it is to live there. In terms of jobs, there’s no shortage of variety; but, among the best-paying gigs in the city that never sleeps are medical professions such as anesthesiologist and orthodontist.
18. Santa Clarita, California
Median salary: $37,072
Women making $100K: 18.2%
It’s not just a Netflix comedy about cannibalism. Santa Clarita is a real city in Southern California, with a population of around 213,000. In this suburban offshoot of Los Angeles, some of the top-paying jobs are in recruiting and banking.
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Median salary: $37,281
Women making $100K: 18.8%
Nestled among some of the oldest cities in the U.S, Boston is globally lauded for its elite universities, the majority of which are attended by women. Beantown may be filled with brainiac ladies, but just 18.8% of them are pulling in over $100,000. Top-earning positions are largely in tech and business development.
16. Plano, Texas
Median salary: $39,869
Women making $100K: 16.6%
Over in the Lone Star State, Plano was once a humdrum farming community. Over the years, it has grown into a bustling city. Job searchers may find well-paying gigs here if they’re looking for senior positions in events planning and sports marketing. These jobs pay over $100,000; but, based on the fact that just 16.6% of women make that much in Plano, one might assume that men take up much more of these lucrative gigs than women.
15. Huntingon Beach, California
Median salary: $38,755
Women making $100K: 22.0%
In a city where the average home cost is $1.1 million, it’s a bit startling that the median salary for women in Huntington Beach is just $38,755. Known as a pretty bougie area among Southern Californians, some top-earning gigs are in the fields of wealth management and business analytics.
14. Jersey City, New Jersey
Median salary: $39,143
Women making $100K: 22.4%
With a population of over 255,000, Jersey City is the second-largest city in the Garden State. Known for its historic immigration site, Ellis Island, this city isn’t only great for those wanting to get a peek of the Statue of Liberty up close, it’s also a top destination for employees who want an easy commute to NYC. Jersey City also boasts its own share of lucrative jobs in areas like security and talent acquisition.
13. Oakland, California
Median salary: $40,148
Women making $100K: 22.4%
The largest city in the East Bay, Oakland is one busy city. Quite a few major companies are headquartered here, including Kaiser Permanente, Southwest Airlines and UPS. Women on the hunt for a new job might want to check out senior positions within these companies.
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12. Scottsdale, Arizona
Median salary: $43,540
Women making $100K: 21.8%
Lauded as “the world’s finest golf destination,” Scottsdale sports tons of sprawling green hills and warm, sunny days. But this isn’t only a city for retirees; tech mavens and manufacturing experts may want to check out this city for high-paying opportunities. Healthcare is also a lucrative field here.
11. San Jose, California
Median salary: $39,353
Women making $100K: 25.5%
With some of the biggest tech companies in the world headquartered in the San Jose area, this lavish city with ever-balmy weather is hardly an affordable one. Your average home here costs about $1.4 millon. And yet, the median salary isn’t even $40,000. If you want to get rich in this town, opt for an elite career path in psychiatry, tech or law.
10. Cary, North Carolina
Median salary: $42,370
Women making $100K: 23.0%
Just 17 minutes from the bustling hub of Raleigh, Cary is one of North Carolina’s fastest-growing cities. Epic Games is headquartered there, as is DataFlux, which Zippia rates as the No. 1 company in Cary. Job seekers stand to make good money working in senior positions in sales.
9. Frisco, Texas
Median salary: $47,140
Women making $100K: 24.4%
It’s nothing like California’s “Frisco,” but Texas’ Frisco has its own perks and is one of the hottest job markets in the northern area of the state. Both established corporations and startups have relocated to the area in recent years. Keurig Dr Pepper, Addus Homecare and Quality Custom Distribution are just a few companies that are headquartered in Frisco.
Median salary: $45,988
Women making $100K: 26.0%
The corporate home of Amazon, Starbucks and Nordstrom, Seattle is brimming with high-rolling companies. It’s extra disappointing that just 26% of women in the expensive city make over $100,000, and it reflects the glaring gender gap in tech, where one may find the most vast and lucrative opportunities.
7. Irvine, California
Median salary: $43,254
Women making $100K: 29.4%
Repeatedly ranked by the FBI as one of the safest cities in the U.S, Irvine is a beloved city for folks settling down or growing their families. It’s also a fertile environment for job hunters, with job growth up 31.1% in the past 10 years.
6. Washington, D.C.
Median salary: $52,111
Women making $100K: 29.9%
Though best known as the political pipeline of the U.S., D.C. is a hot spot for people working in leisure and hospitality, business services and education — all areas that have experienced job growth in the past year.
5. Fremont, California
Median salary: $53,999
Women making $100K: 31.4%
Founded back in the 1840s, Fremont is one of California’s most historic cities and, just 7 miles away from San Francisco, is a Bay Area hot spot. A buzzing tech hub, corporate titans such as Amazon and Deloitte have locations here.
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4. Alexandria, Virginia
Median salary: $55,524
Women making $100K: 30.7%
Come for the historic sightseeing, stay for the hot job opportunities. Alexandria is actively hiring city employees, public school officials and staffing clientele.
3. San Francisco
Median salary: $54,572
Women making $100K: 36.2%
San Francisco is America’s second-most expensive city to reside in (NYC takes the top spot), which is why it fares somewhat OK in terms of pay. The booming city sports incredibly lucrative jobs in tech, with droves of scrappy startups taking off in the area.
2. Sunnyvale, California
Median salary: $58,480
Women making $100K: 41.1%
As the home to Atari, Red Octane and SSI, Sunnyvale is considered the American birthplace of the videogame industry — an industry that has soared since the pandemic struck and we began spending more time at home. According to Indeed.com, there are nearly 18,000 jobs open right now that pay over $90,000.
1. Arlington, Virginia
Median salary: $64,147
Women making $100K: 36.3%
Home to the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, this is a city that is deeply steeped in American history. It’s also the most modern and progressive based on this analysis, claiming the spot as the most high-paying city for women. It’s no surprise that droves of lucrative women advocacy jobs are available here.
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