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Highest-paying cities in the transportation industry

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 While some industries remain relatively similar throughout most major American cities, others vary significantly from city to city. The transportation industry falls under the latter category. Some cities, such as Los Angeles, are much more spread out than others. Some, such as New York, have a vast number of subways and trains in place. Cities also vary in the cost and availability of parking, which can influence whether or not an individual opts to drive himself to work or take public transportation. All these factors are just a few that can affect a city's transportation industry.

For individuals looking to work in transportation, the earnings potential of each city they're considering is something to most definitely keep in mind. A report that was recently released by the US Census Bureau, with data collected in 2009, gave a vast amount of information regarding the state of the transportation industry for over 850 U.S. metro and micro areas.

Following are the only five cities in the U.S. that have at least 400 different businesses in the transportation industry and also pay an average annual salary of at least $50,000 to their employees:

1) Anchorage, Alaska

Average pay per employee: $66,200
Number of businesses: 418
Reasons why the transportation industry is successful: Anchorage is the business capital of Alaska. The Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport accounts for many jobs in the city and is responsible for many transcontinental cargo flights. The Alaska Railroad is a popular form of transportation, and the Port of Anchorage is responsible for much of the consumer goods that come into the state of Alaska.

2) Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut

Average pay per employee: $55,200
Number of businesses: 464
Reasons why the transportation industry is successful: The Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk area is within two hours of six major airports: Westchester County Airport and Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport, which are regional, and LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Bradley International Airport, which are international.

3) Houston, Texas

Average pay per employee: $55,200
Number of businesses: 3,438
Reasons why the transportation industry is successful: The Port of Houston is one of the largest ports in the world. Houston also has a busy rail center with links to three airports, the Port of Houston, local highways and the local trucking industry.

4) New Orleans, Louisiana

Average pay per employee: $51,400
Number of businesses: 1,026
Reasons why the transportation industry is successful: New Orleans is among the most well-known port towns in the United States, as it connects the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.

5) San Francisco, California

Average pay per employee: $50,300
Number of businesses: 2,531
Reasons why the transportation industry is successful: The Port of San Francisco is one of the main ports on the West Coast, while the San Francisco Municipal Railway is a very popular and efficient provider of public transit.



Last Updated: 04/04/2012 - 6:04 PM


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