It’s hard for anyone to be considered upper class these days, with “upper class” meaning earning over six figures per household. In the United States, to be considered “upper class,” a family of two should earn over $102,000, and a family of four should be bringing in over $144,000.
American workers are waiting around for wage growth, but in order to earn these high salaries, they might have to move. Ladders, a job site, analyzed thousands of opportunities across the U.S. and found 15 cities that stood out for having the most high-paying roles in the month of July alone.
Here are their top 15 cities with the most six-figure jobs.
15. Austin, Texas
14. Phoenix, Arizona
13. Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
12. Houston, Texas
11. Denver, Colorado
10. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
9. Atlanta, Georgia
8. Dallas, Texas
7. Seattle, Washington
6. Chicago, Illinois
5. Los Angeles, California
4. Boston, Massachusetts
3. Washington, D.C.
2. New York, New York
1. San Francisco, California
According to Marc Cenedella, CEO and founder of Ladders, the easiest route to six figures is to study computer science or engineering.
“The return on going into tech and being a technologist are extraordinarily high,” Cenedella told CNBC. “We’re still only graduating about 40,000 computer science grads in the country and the demand relative to the supply is extraordinarily out of balance.”
But no matter what industry you find yourself in, Cenedella shares steps that any employee can and should take to make sure their career is moving upward. Employees should meet with their managers frequently to talk about actions they can take to progress.
He puts it simply by saying, “Do really well in your job this year. I know it sounds basic, but the way that you get ahead over the course of your career is to put together a string of great years, a string of great months and a string of great days.”