Here’s the salary you need to be in the top 50% of earners in 50 major US cities

You need to earn at least $117,474 to be in the top 50% in San Jose, California.

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You need to earn at least $117,474 to be in the top 50% in San Jose, California.
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If you’re working toward earning a salary that will deem you “rich” in your city, it may take some time.

One benchmark you can use on your way to wealth: Making it into the top 50% of earners.

If you’re earning at least $75,368 in New York City, you make more money than half the population there. You’re also technically middle class. To make it into the top 50% of earners in Los Angeles, you need to bring in $69,992 annually.

Here, we’ve highlighted the annual household income required to be in the top 50% in 50 major US metro areas, ranked from lowest to highest.

All data comes from the US Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.


50. New Orleans, Louisiana: at least $50,528

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Shutterstock/f11photo

49. Memphis, Tennessee: at least $50,984

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f11photo/Shutterstock

48. Tampa, Florida: at least $52,212

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Shutterstock / Bonnie Fink

47. Cleveland, Ohio: at least $52,489

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f11photo/Shutterstock

46. Birmingham, Alabama: at least $53,107

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Shutterstock/Sean Pavone

45. Miami, Florida: at least $54,284

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travelview/Shutterstock

44. Orlando, Florida: at least $55,089

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Shutterstock

43. Buffalo, New York: at least $55,448

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iStock / Jacek_Sopotnicki

42. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: at least $56,260

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iStock

41. San Antonio, Texas: at least $56,774

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Shutterstock

40. Las Vegas, Nevada: at least $57,189

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images

39. Louisville, Kentucky: at least $57,279

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silicon640c/Flickr

38. Detroit, Michigan: at least $58,411

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f11photo/Shutterstock

37. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: at least $58,521

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Tupungato/Shutterstock

36. Jacksonville, Florida: at least $58,709

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Shutterstock / Sean Pavone

35. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: at least $59,448

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Rudy Balasko/Shutterstock

34. Indianapolis, Indiana: at least $59,566

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33. Charlotte, North Carolina: at least $61,156

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32. Phoenix, Arizona: at least $61,506

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Dreamframer/Shutterstock

31. St. Louis, Missouri: at least $61,571

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Shutterstock

30. Riverside, California: at least $61,994

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Shutterstock/Jon Bilous

29. Cincinnati, Ohio: at least $61,653

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Flickr / Over-the-Rhine

28. Kansas City, Missouri: at least $63,404

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A G Baxter/Shutterstock

27. Columbus, Ohio: at least $63,764

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Columbus, Ohio in 2017.
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26. Nashville, Tennessee: at least $63,939

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f11photo/Shutterstock

25. Houston, Texas: at least $63,802

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Shutterstock

24. Virginia Beach, Virginia: at least $64,255

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Sherry V Smith/Shutterstock

23. Providence, Rhode Island: at least $65,226

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Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock

22. Atlanta, Georgia: at least $65,381

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

21. Dallas, Texas: at least $67,382

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20. Richmond, Virginia: at least $67,633

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f11photo/Shutterstock

19. Sacramento, California: at least $67,902

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Shutterstock/milosk50

18. Chicago, Illinois: at least $68,403

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Lucky-photographer/Shutterstock

17. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: at least $68,572

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Flickr/redclayproject

16. Salt Lake City, Utah: at least $71,510

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f11photo/Shutterstock

15. Los Angeles, California: at least $69,992

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14. Portland, Oregon: at least $71,931

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Shutterstock

13. Hartford, Connecticut: at least $71,414

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

12. Raleigh, North Carolina: at least $72,576

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Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

11. Austin, Texas: at least $73,800

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RoschetzkyProductions/Shutterstock

10. New York City, New York: at least $75,368

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9. San Diego, California: at least $76,207

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Flickr/nathaninsandiego

8. Denver, Colorado: at least $76,643

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7. Minneapolis, Minnesota: $76,856

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Scruggelgreen/Shutterstock

6. Baltimore, Maryland: at least $77,394

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Tony Brooks/flickr

5. Seattle, Washington: at least $82,133

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Shutterstock

4. Boston, Massachusetts: at least $85,691

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REUTERS

3. Washington, DC: at least $99,669

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Francisco Diaz, Wikimedia Commons

2. San Francisco, California: at least $101,714

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Flickr / David McSpadden

1. San Jose, California: at least $117,474

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Facebook/VisitSanJose