During President Obama’s recent State of the Union address, he made a point to stress the importance of women being paid equally as men. “You know, today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns,” he said. “That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work.”
Easier said than done. But if there was an equal pay for equal work-land, where would it be in this country?
According to a recent NerdWallet study, if you’re a woman and looking to earn a higher salary, your best bet is to head to San Jose. NerdWallet crunched the numbers on 500 major metropolitan areas, and San Jose’s media salary for women is $56,000.
The financial literacy site also compared the numbers to men’s salaries. Percentage wise, women in San Jose make 74 percent of what men earn. The site also noted that women earn 84 percent of men’s median salary in the San Francisco area.
1. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara: $56,000
2. Washington D.C.-Arlington-Alexandria: $55,000
3. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont: $54,600
4. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk: $52,500
5. Trenton-Ewing, NJ: $50,400
6. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy: $50,100
7. Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford: $48,500
8. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island: $47,600
9. Boulder, CO: $46,800
10. Baltimore-Towson, MD: $46,800
On the flipside, if you want to a life of perpetual brokeness, try Laredo, Texas. They came in with the lowest media salary of $24,700.