Houston is one of the best cities for business and finance workers

by Lauren Clohessy


Some professions make more than others, and those incomes basically set the path for how someone lives their life. RENTCafé had an idea that maybe you income could be more profitable in some cities, and less than others.

RENTCafé used Bureau of Labor statistics on professions’ average net pay and and subtracted the average cost of living in cities across the U.S. to find out which professions make the most in each city.

They found those in a management position earn the most per year, followed by legal and computer and mathematical. The study also saw that workers in building and grounds cleaning and maintenance and food preparation and serving made the least after taking out living expenses.

Of all the metro areas looked at, San Jose had the topped the ranks for multiple professions, like architecture and engineering, legal and management.

As far as some of the best professions for local residents, the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area was ranked the second best place for those in business and financial operations. In the Houston area, they make $60,300. After subtracting the $21,700 living cost, workers are left with $38,600. That’s only $1,200 less than the No.1 San Jose metro area.

Houston area architecture and engineering ranked No.4 out of all the U.S. cities. Workers make $73,900 and have $52,000 left after taking away living costs.

The area also made the top ten list for community and social services, coming in at No. 9. Workers are left with $18,800 after subtracting living expenses form their salary of $40,500. This is $2,400 less than the Dallas metro area, which is No.1 for community and social services and they have a $500 less in living costs. 

For the Houston metro area, those in management made the most, with $70,300 left after the average cost of living was taken from the average management salary. The best professions in Houston also included legal, computer and mathematical and architecture and engineering.

Here are the best professions for the Houston metro area.

Metro Rank Profession Money Left National Rank by Profession
1 Management $70,300 7
2 Architecture & Engineering $52,200 4
3 Legal $52,100 12
4 Computer & Mathematical $47,700 11
5 Business & Financial Operations $38,600 2
6 Life, Physical & Social Science $34,600 11
7 Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $34,000 26
8 Education, Training and Library $22,700 16
9 Community & Social Service $18,800 9
10 Art, Design, Entertainment, Sports & Media $17,400 24

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