19 jobs in places you can live large on $60,000

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19 jobs in places you can live large on $60,000

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A six-figure salary sounds great — however, that's not the reality for most Americans.

In fact, the median household income is about $56,000, according to the Census Bureau. Still, that can be enough to live large, depending on where you live, according to a recent report by Glassdoor.

The job-hunting site calculated the best gigs in places where pay goes furthest, based on salaries and the cost of living. To get there, Glassdoor matched up jobs with base pay around $60,000 in states where the ratio of salary to the state personal consumption expenditure is 55 percent or less, according to the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, as of 2015.

In other words, you'll be spending less of your salary on living expenses and putting more toward a nice house, car, vacation or retirement account. Sound like a dream? These positions are all very real and are currently hiring.

  • 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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    Product manager
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  • 6. Area manager in Kentucky

    Median base salary: $61,000

    State personal consumption expenditure: $31,925

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    Strategy Manager
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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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    Design Manager
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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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    Technical Writer
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