4 High Wage Cities You Should Move to Right Now

by Katie Sawyer, 3 minutes read
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When’s the last time you took a stroll through your city, checked out the new exhibit at your art museum, or enjoyed the wildlife if your local park?

You spend the majority of your day at work. In fact, you might even be bouncing between two jobs. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to enjoy your city.

Read on for four cities that are well worth the hype, including high minimum wage.

Emeryville, CA

At $11 an hour, the state of California tops the minimum wage list for the United States. And a few Californian cities raise the bar even higher. Emeryville might not get the attention of Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Diego, but it offers a higher minimum wage and lower living expenses.

Originally known as a gambling town, the city has since cleaned up its act. In fact, you might know Emeryville as the land of Pixar. Just a short ride over over to Oakland and San Francisco, there’s always something to do. If you’re a betting man, give Emeryville a spin.

Minimum Wage: $16.30

Washington, D.C.

With a current minimum wage of $14, and plans to raise it to $15 on July 1, 2020, the nation’s capital can offer a lot. A diverse range of people and activities compliment the city’s central location.

Beyond the political celebrities you’re bound to run into, you also have access to some of the best museums, restaurants, and parks. Although you might have to fight some traffic, seeing the cherry blossoms bloom in the spring could be well worth the stress. If you never considered it, Washington, D.C., could be a capital idea for you.

Minimum Wage: $14 raises to $15 July 1, 2020

Seattle, WA

The Emerald city is known as a modern tech haven and the birthplace of Starbucks. It’s a thriving metropolis with an established art scene, greenery, and diversity abound. A popular port city, Seattle has Eastern Asian influences from Chinese to Japanese and Filipino to Thai.

Grey skies and rainy days are the norm here, but summers are perfect for a lush, green hike into the mountains. And winters give way to beautiful, snowy scenery. If you’re looking for a youthful city with abundant tech opportunities, Seattle might make your day.

Minimum Wage: $16

New York, NY

New York has always been a beacon of the US cultural melting pot. It’s a diverse hub attracting financiers to Wall Street, artists to Broadway, and coffee roasters to Brooklyn. Entire cultures have been transplanted into neighborhoods and whatever your tastes, you can find a restaurant to cater to them.

The humidity can be stifling in the summer, and snow freezing in the winter, but if you can brave it all you can make it big because it’s still true that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.

Minimum Wage: $15

Travel the world

If you’re looking to see the world, and make some money while you’re doing it, Australia has the highest minimum wage in the world. In fact, The Economist reports that at a legal minimum, Australians make two-thirds more than their peers in America. France and Germany round out the top three.

So whether you’re looking to wait tables while you work on your singing career or work in a hotel for the discounted accommodations, look for a city that’s worth the investment. And when you find a new job, make sure they have a workforce management system that makes work easier for both managers and staff.

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