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Forbes Magazine: Youngstown-Warren-Boardman-Pa. the worst-paying area in US

Published: Tue, December 4, 2012 @ 2:23 p.m.

Forbes Magazine has identified the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Penn., area as the worst-paying area in the U.S.

College-educated employees in the area only make $45,400, on average. Newer professionals bring in about $36,800 a year; mid-career workers make $60,400, on average.

“This is an industrial metro area that was hit hard in the last few recessions and has been unable to recover,” said Katie Bardaro, Payscale’s lead economist.

Forbes turned to Payscale.com, a site that has collected salary and career data from more than 35 million people. They looked at compensation data for professionals in the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas, based on 2010 population estimates by the Census.

At the very top of the best-paying list is the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area. Overall, median pay in the California metropolis is $93,100. The average salary for those just starting out is $86,600—and that number soars to $128,000 for mid-career professionals.


1Attis(1129 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

That's only half the story. What about cost of living in the surveyed areas? Got a feeling housing costs are just a bit higher in Santa Clara, eh? So where's the advantage when you have to pay about 50% of your median income for a two-room shack?

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2redeye1(5615 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Attis I guess the old saying" that truth hurts " hit home with you. It doesn't really matter what the cost of living is in a specific area . Its what the employers are willing to pay. Because they too have lower costs, and are making more money with cheap wages/

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376Ytown(1345 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

~Attis: Touché.

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4Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

And for retried people . It is one of the best places to retire . Low cost homes, low priced restaurants, good hospitals , and for the most part low crime.
I travel all over the country ,and we live in a dream world here . Just go to some of these places and see what it cost to live . Some time ( most of the time ) I knock our area about things I see wrong . BUT it is still a good place to live .

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