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CT Counties Among Best Places in US to Make Big Bucks

It’s one thing to know which parts of the country have the highest incomes, but where is that money being earned?

When people decide where they want to settle down and build a home, they look at local schools, taxes, nearby recreation and entertainment, and a host of other things. An important factor that is often overlooked, however, is a community's proximity to good jobs.

The interactive map above shows a ranking of counties by the average salary paid by local businesses, using data reported to the U.S. Census Bureau (total reported annual payroll divided by the number of paid employees).

Every county in Connecticut was above the national average — $33,292 — with Fairfield County breaking into the Top 5 with an average paid salary of $77,922.

Zoom in on the map above (use full-screen for a better view) to see the breakdown for each county in Connecticut and compare against other counties nationwide.

Below are the 16 counties paying the highest average salaries and check out these lists to find the Connecticut communities with the highest and lowest paying jobs.

Best Paying Counties in America


Bristol Bay Borough, Alaska
  • Average Pay: $68,436
  • Total Payroll: $36,545,000
  • Paid Employees: 534
  • Number of Businesses: 63

Goochland County, Virginia
  • Average Pay: $68,795
  • Total Payroll: $789,007,000
  • Paid Employees: 11,469
  • Number of Businesses: 594

Washington, D.C.
  • Average Pay: $68,824
  • Total Payroll: $32,872,009,000
  • Paid Employees: 47,623
  • Number of Businesses: 21,545

Northwest Arctic, Alaska
  • Average Pay: $69,108
  • Total Payroll: $118,382,000
  • Paid Employees: 1,713
  • Number of Businesses: 73

Morris County, New Jersey
  • Average Pay: $69,662
  • Total Payroll: $19,012,614,000
  • Paid Employees: 272,926
  • Number of Businesses: 16,622

Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Average Pay: $70,480
  • Total Payroll: $40,130,401,000
  • Paid Employees: 569,388
  • Number of Businesses: 28,871

Somerset County, New Jersey
  • Average Pay: $72,739
  • Total Payroll: $12,740,309,000
  • Paid Employees: 175,150
  • Number of Businesses: 9,677

Arlington County, Virginia
  • Average Pay: $72,944
  • Total Payroll: $9,781,155,000
  • Paid Employees: 134,091
  • Number of Businesses: 6,101

Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Average Pay: $73934
  • Total Payroll: $40,711,776,000
  • Paid Employees: 550,649
  • Number of Businesses: 19,724

Carson County, Texas
  • Average Pay: $74,756
  • Total Payroll: $312,407,000
  • Paid Employees: 4,179
  • Number of Businesses: 113

San Mateo County, California
  • Average Pay: $77,320
  • Total Payroll: $24,098,810,000
  • Paid Employees: 311,675
  • Number of Businesses: 19,724

Fairfield County, Connecticut
  • Average Pay: $77,922
  • Total Payroll: $31,039,729,000
  • Paid Employees: 398,342
  • Number of Businesses: 26,725

San Francisco County, California
  • Average Pay: $80,166
  • Total Payroll: $39,599,522,000
  • Paid Employees: 493,972
  • Number of Businesses: 30,924

Santa Clara County, California
  • Average Pay: $90,433
  • Total Payroll: $78,230,572,000
  • Paid Employees: 865,069
  • Number of Businesses: 44,568

Lake and Peninsula, Alaska
  • Average Pay: $92,593
  • Total Payroll: $15,463
  • Paid Employees: 167
  • Number of Businesses: 53

New York County, New York
  • Average Pay: $101,590
  • Total Payroll: $202,981,197,000
  • Paid Employees: 1,998,051
  • Number of Businesses: 103,800
Eileen April 28, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Yes, and you need those "big bucks" just to make ends meet in CT.
Reader April 28, 2014 at 02:28 PM
Fairfield County is a geographical area, not a formal government entity -- a handy map reference used on a handy map.
Bill Fasula April 28, 2014 at 07:30 PM
Pay without taxes and cost of living is meaningless. It's what we have come to expect from the patch.
Paul Bahre April 29, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Yeah we make big bucks around here? Not... Well at least 1/2 of Granby does the rest of us have to scrimp every pay day just to make an appearance at paying the bills. With the town government steadily increasing the mill rate this place is now totally off the grid on taxation...
Thomas Alegi April 29, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Mr. Flanagan, When the Patch first started it was worth reading, today after their change to this new cost saving format it’s like a first grader who doesn’t do any of his/her homework, which in the long run would make him/her archive greatness.

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