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Where Are the Best-Paying Cities?

To earn more money, you may have to relocate to a coastal town.

Whether it’s to compete for top talent, adjust for a higher cost of living or meet union standards, some cities compensate workers better than others. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest-paid electricians worked in Trenton, N.J., in 2012, while elementary, middle and high school teachers working in Nassau, N.Y., earned more money in 2012 than teachers in other parts of the country.

Among U.S. News’ Best Jobs of 2014, these 10 coastal cities consistently offer the highest salaries.

1. San Francisco. This city has a vibrant cultural community and plenty of technology, construction, health care, business and social services opportunities. According to Bob Linscheid, president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, “It’s a world-class city. There’s not anything that is not present. There’s a diverse population and workforce and outstanding sports teams.” According to the BLS, database administrators, nursing aides, patrol officers, blockmasons and brickmasons, and bookkeeping, accounting and audit clerks earned higher salaries in this city than their counterparts did in other cities in 2012. That year, database administrators in San Francisco made $96,390, which is almost $20,000 more than the national average for this position.

Read more: U.S. News & World Report Where Are the Best-Paying Cities?