Wondering how to make more money? You might want to consider relocating.
Sure, moving is expensive and a hassle — but what if it meant a significantly higher paycheck? It might be worth it then, right?
The folks at Business Insider looked into it and discovered the most disproportionately high-paying job in each state.
In other words, they created a map outlining “the occupation in each state with the biggest percent difference between the state average salary and the national average salary.”
Their findings surprised me, so I wanted to share them with you.
Here’s Where to Move If You’re a…
Welder: Alaska, where you could earn 80% more than the national average: $71,910 vs. $40,040.
I’d bet this figure includes a lot of underwater welders, which means you’ll need to be certified in SCUBA.
Printing Press Operator: Washington, D.C., where you’ll be in the heart of national politics, and potentially earn 120% more than the national average: $80,690 vs. $36,700.
Lifeguard: Hawaii, where average salaries are 73% greater than the national average: $36,280 vs. $21,030. Plus, you get to live in Hawaii!
Tile or Marble Setter: Massachusetts, where the average tile or marble setter earns a whopping $75,050 — 70% more than the rest of the country’s $44,160.
EMT or Paramedic: Washington, where you’ll save lives while earning 65% more than the national average: $57,850 vs. $35,110.
Of course, you might need to account for a higher cost of living in many of these states, but if you’re itching for a change, this research might be just the excuse you need!
For the full list and map, head over to Business Insider.
Your Turn: Is your job on the list?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.