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.