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10 cities where recent grads are most likely to land a job that pays $100,000 or more

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The average college graduate today earns $50,390 annually in their first job, according to a recent survey by consulting firm Korn Ferry. Wages continue to grow slowly, and it's possible the starting salary for recent graduates could remain the same for several years.

Jobs site Ladders took a look at the cities that have the highest number of six-figure positions that require less than five years of work experience. Ladders considered a comprehensive list of online postings across the United States to see which locations have the highest-paying entry-level positions. New York and San Francisco topped the list with more than 3,000 job openings that offer salaries above $100,000 for recent graduates.

Take a look below to see which cities you should consider if you want to secure a serious paycheck right out of college:

1. New York, NY

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 3,080

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2. San Francisco, CA

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 3,001

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3. Washington, DC

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 1,990

In Washington, DC, you'll save by owning rather than renting
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In Washington, DC, you'll save by owning rather than renting

4. Seattle, WA

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 1,726

Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, has spectacular views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west.
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Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, has spectacular views of the Cascade mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west.

5. Boston, MA

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 1,691

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The Newton and Boston city line

6. Chicago, IL

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 1,461

Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois

7. Los Angeles, CA

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 1,358

Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California

8. Atlanta, GA

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 1,020

The city of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia
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The city of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia

9. Philadelphia, PA

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 961

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Philadelphia, Museum of Art; Rocky Steps to Downtown

10. Dallas, TX

Number of six-figure jobs requiring less than five years of experience: 923

The downtown skyline is viewed from the Renaissance Hotel off Stemmons Highway on March 20, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
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The downtown skyline is viewed from the Renaissance Hotel off Stemmons Highway on March 20, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.