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19 Jobs Where You Can Live Large On $60k

As the cost of living soars nationwide and salaries inch along, we can’t help but think: Is it still possible to provide for a household without a six-figure salary? If so, where? 

Cities like New York, San Francisco, and Atlanta are increasingly difficult for Joe and Jane Smith to work and live in. However, there are many states with jobs and salaries that don’t just help make ends meet, but they help employees thrive. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income is currently $56,516. Taking a cue from the Census Bureau, we set a benchmark of $60,000 to evaluate where in America employees make a great living.

There are several ways to approach calculating and comparing a salary against cost of living, but for the purposes of this report, we’ll highlight the top jobs by comparing their median base salary in a particular state to that state’s personal consumption expenditure. It sounds complex, but we tapped Uncle Sam to help. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis measures the goods and services purchased by or on behalf of households a.k.a. the personal consumption expenditure. In other words, how much of your salary do you spend on living expenses? The less you spend on living, the more you’ve got in the bank.

So how can you live large on $60k? Look no further. And the great part is that all of these jobs are open now!

1. Financial Analyst in Alabama
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $30,459
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2. Research Scientist in Alabama
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $30,459
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3. Network Engineer in Arkansas
Median Base Salary: $62,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $29,791
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4. Professor in Idaho
Median Base Salary: $65,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,226
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5. Project Manager in Idaho
Median Base Salary: $64,500
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,226
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6. Area Manager in Kentucky
Median Base Salary: $61,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $31,925
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7. Operations Manager in Kentucky
Median Base Salary: $62,250
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $31,925
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8. Systems Administrator in Kentucky
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $31,925
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9. Engineer in Mississippi
Median Base Salary: $64,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $29,330
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10. Production Manager in Mississippi
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $29,330
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11. Designer in North Carolina
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,501
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12. HR Generalist in North Carolina
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,501
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13. IT Analyst in North Carolina
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,501
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14. Executive Manager in Oklahoma
Median Base Salary: $65,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,397
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15. Marketing Manager in Oklahoma
Median Base Salary: $62,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,397
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16. Registered Nurse Case Manager in South Carolina
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,033
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17. Solutions Consultant in South Carolina
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,033
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18. Systems Administrator in South Carolina
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,033
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19. Technical Writer in South Carolina
Median Base Salary: $60,000
State Personal Consumption Expenditure: $32,033
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Methodology: Glassdoor’s 19 Jobs Where You Can Live Large on $60K is based on jobs in those states where the ratio of median annual base salary to the State Personal Consumption Expenditure is 55% or less. For a job title to be considered, it must receive at least 10 salary reports shared by U.S.-based employees on Glassdoor over the past year (3/16/16-3/15/17). This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. State Personal Consumption Expenditure by State measures the goods and services purchased by or on behalf of households and is according to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, as of 2015.