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Want to Earn Up to 120% More From Your Job? Here’s Where You Should Move

January 11, 2016
by Susan Shain
Contributor

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.

by Susan Shain
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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