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

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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 $71,897 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 $65,950 annually.

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

All data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.


50. New Orleans, Louisiana: $48,804

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49. Memphis, Tennessee: at least $49,809

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48. Tampa, Florida: at least $51,115

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47. Miami, Florida: at least $51,362

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46. Cleveland, Ohio: at least $52,131

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45. Birmingham, Alabama: at least $52,226

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44. Orlando, Florida: at least $52,385

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43. Buffalo, New York: $53,487

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42. Las Vegas, Nevada: at least $54,384

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41. Louisville, Kentucky: at least $54,546

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40. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: at least $55,065

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39. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: at least $56,063

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38. San Antonio, Texas: at least $56,105

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37. Detroit, Michigan: at least $56,142

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36. Indianapolis, Indiana: at least $56,750

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35. Jacksonville, Florida: at least $56,840

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34. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: at least $58,029

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33. Phoenix, Arizona: at least $58,075

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32. Riverside, California: at least $58,236

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31. St. Louis, Missouri: at least $59,780

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30. Charlotte, North Carolina: at least $59,979

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29. Nashville, Tennessee: at least $60,030

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28. Cincinnati, Ohio: at least $60,260

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27. Columbus, Ohio: at least $60,294

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Columbus, Ohio in 2017.
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26. Kansas City, Missouri: at least $61,385

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25. Houston, Texas: $61,708

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24. Virginia Beach, Virginia: at least $61,805

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23. Providence, Rhode Island: at least $61,948

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22. Atlanta, Georgia: at least $62,613

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21. Richmond, Virginia: at least $62,929

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20. Dallas, Texas: at least $63,812

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19. Sacramento, California: at least $64,052

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18. Los Angeles, California: at least $65,950

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17. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: at least $65,996

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16. Chicago, Illinois: at least $66,020

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15. Salt Lake City, Utah: at least $68,196

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14. Portland, Oregon: at least $68,676

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13. San Diego, California: at least $70,824

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12. Austin, Texas: at least $71,000

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11. Raleigh, North Carolina: at least $71,685

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10. New York City, New York: at least $71,897

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9. Denver, Colorado: at least $71,926

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8. Hartford, Connecticut: at least $72,559

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7. Minneapolis, Minnesota: $73,231

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6. Baltimore, Maryland: at least $76,788

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5. Seattle, Washington: at least $78,612

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4. Boston, Massachusetts: at least $82,380

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3. Washington, DC: $95,843

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2. San Francisco, California: at least $96,677

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1. San Jose, California: at least $110,040

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