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Where does your job pay the most?

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By: Mary Caldwell, for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

If you’d like to make more money at your job (who doesn’t?), you may not necessarily need to change professions. Instead, you might consider changing where you live. Recently, LinkedIn analyzed common job titles among their list of top companies and looked at what they pay in various cities. As a result, you’ll be able to find out where your job pays the most.

Although your potential salary is certainly important, you might want to consider other calculations as well. For example, San Francisco appears many times on the list of where jobs pay the most, but the city has a high cost of living and its median home price is $1,365,700. In comparison, Atlanta, which is one of the top cities for business analyst pay, has a median home price of only $260,200.

The following are some of the careers examined by LinkedIn:

Business analyst

Business analysts make a median base salary of $69,000 a year at companies like Wells Fargo. Atlanta is one of the highest-paying U.S. cities for this profession, with business analysts making a median base salary of $70,000. That’s the same figure as Los Angeles and Denver, while San Francisco tops the list at $85,000.

What you’ll do: Help businesses analyze the business process, identify improvements and implement changes.

What you’ll need: Bachelor’s degree or higher with a possible major in finance, technology, management or accounting, according to Investopedia. You may also need experience as adata analyst, financial analyst or other related position.

Expected job growthThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics  estimates 14 percent growth for management analysts, which is faster than average.

Software engineer

Jobs for software engineers have a median base salary of $91,000 a year, but you’ll probably pull in evenmore if you live in San Francisco ($120,000), Seattle ($115,000), New York City ($100,000) or Boston ($93,000).

What you’ll do: Although there can be some differences between what a software engineer does and what a software developer does, the terms are often used interchangeably. You’ll be responsible for designing and developing software to meet users’ needs, fixing problems, improving software and more, according to learn.org.

What you’ll need: Bachelor’s degree for an entry-level position.

Expected job growthTwenty-four percent from 2016-26 for software developers, which is much faster than average.

Project manager

Companies ranging from Apple to Bank of America to Deloitte hire project managers, who receive a median base salary of $76,000. Jobs in San Francisco ($90,000), Washington, D.C. ($89,000), and Houston (85,000) pay especially well.

What you’ll do: Plan and execute projects.

What you’ll need: Generally at least a bachelor’s degree, often in a specific subject area.

Expected job growth: Project managers aren’t listed as a separate job category by the BLS but are instead often classified as construction managers (who are expected to have an 11% job growth by 2016, which is faster than average) or computer and information systems managers (12%), which is faster than average.

Executive assistant

You can expect to earn a median salary of $58,000 as an executive assistant in the U.S., but if you live in cities such as San Francisco ($77,000), Seattle ($63,200) or Dallas ($59,500), you may make more.

What you’ll do: Support top-level executives by conducting research, preparing reports, performing clerical functions, handling information requests, etc.

What you’ll needStudy.com says you’ll need a high school diploma, associate degree or bachelor’s degree, depending on the employer. You may also need administrative experience.

Expected job growthMinus 5% decline from 2016-2026 for secretaries and administrative assistants.

Account manager

Account managers make a median base salary of $55,000, but if you live in Detroit or San Francisco, that increases to $75,000. Houston is also above average at $65,000. About a third of account managers also earn commissions in addition to their base salaries.

What you’ll do: Drive sales and build customer relationships.

What you’ll need: A bachelor’s degree.

Expected job growthSeven percent from 2016-2026 for sales managers, which is as fast as average.

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