(NEXSTAR) – If you can’t stop inflation, you can at least try to get a pay rise.
US News & World Report recently released its 2023 Employment Report, which provides a breakdown of the cities where workers can earn the most money. Analysts took all the job titles that US News & World Report tracks and found the metro areas where those jobs earn the most.
Twenty occupations have particularly high salaries in Texas cities, according to the report.
According to US News & World Report, Dallas is one of the best cities to work as an orthopedist, with an average salary of $219,000.
Solar installers in El Paso are particularly well paid, with an average salary of $61,400.
No major league sports team? No problem. In Lubbock, athletic trainers can still make big money — an average of over $90,000 a year, according to US News & World Report.
It’s not exactly the same career, but you can earn even more by working as a radiation therapist in McAllen, where the median salary is $129,670. In healthcare, nurse anesthetists are highly paid everywhere, but especially in San Antonio ($262,560).
Austin, Houston, and Midland scored highly in more than one occupation.
Austin is one of the top five highest paying cities in terms of:
- OB/GYN: $375,200
- Operations Research Analyst: $118,710
- Pediatrician: $298,760
- Petroleum engineer: $166,680
- Doctor: $375,200
Houston is one of the top five highest paid cities in terms of:
- Environmental engineer: $131,700
- Mechanical engineer: $125,970
- Operations Research Analyst: $127,330
- Pediatrician: $291,940
- Orthopedist: $190,670
- Wind Turbine Technician: $57,240
Midland is in the top five highest paid cities in terms of:
- Accountant: $95,380
- Environmental engineer: $126,730
- Physical Therapist: $116,880
- Physical Therapist Assistant: $75,550
- Real estate agent: $100,060
Although the cost of living varies within a state as large as Texas, each of the aforementioned average salaries would be enough to make you middle or upper class in any city. According to Census data, the median income in the Lone Star State in 2021 was $34,255.
The Texas job market is strong, although slightly weaker than the national average. According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the US is 3.5%, while in Texas it is 4%.