Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Realtors, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer realtors the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where realtors get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for realtors.The result is this list of the best cities realtors:
So there you have it — Walla Walla is the best city when it comes to being a realtor.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a realtor? That would be Laredo.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for realtors and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for realtors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well realtors get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 266 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 266 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for realtors in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for realtors.
Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $83,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,970
Location Quotient: 2.6
Total Jobs: 270
Average Annual Salary: $90,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,360
Location Quotient: 2.62
Total Jobs: 480
Average Annual Salary: $76,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,130
Location Quotient: 2.63
Total Jobs: 270
Average Annual Salary: $62,020
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,790
Location Quotient: 3.48
Total Jobs: 350
Average Annual Salary: $68,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,630
Location Quotient: 3.17
Total Jobs: 1,420
Average Annual Salary: $76,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,210
Location Quotient: 1.39
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $170,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,730
Location Quotient: 0.98
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $89,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,490
Location Quotient: 1.13
Total Jobs: 1,820
Average Annual Salary: $68,170
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,360
Location Quotient: 1.46
Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $70,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,020
Location Quotient: 2.49
If you’re looking to start out your career as a realtor these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a realtor in America:
|1||Walla Walla, WA||$83,870|
|4||Hilton Head Island, SC||$62,020|
|8||Barnstable Town, MA||$89,640|
|12||Yuba City, CA||$65,820|
|14||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$71,400|
|22||Rapid City, SD||$49,120|
|23||West Palm Beach, FL||$88,360|
|27||San Antonio, TX||$78,520|
|29||St. Louis, MO||$65,130|
|30||New York, NY||$104,150|
|33||Fort Worth, TX||$68,290|
|34||Carson City, NV||$51,340|
|38||Idaho Falls, ID||$55,200|
|39||Nassau County, NY||$77,250|
|41||Las Vegas, NV||$59,050|
|43||East Stroudsburg, PA||$58,200|
|46||Corpus Christi, TX||$84,240|
|49||Kansas City, MO||$54,320|
|51||Ocean City, NJ||$65,240|
|52||Sioux Falls, SD||$76,660|
|55||El Paso, TX||$64,210|
|67||Palm Bay, FL||$49,590|
|68||Oklahoma City, OK||$55,890|
|71||Santa Maria, CA||$60,690|
|77||Montgomery County, PA||$51,740|
|78||St. George, UT||$43,640|
|79||San Francisco, CA||$67,220|
|80||Dutchess County, NY||$73,710|
|81||Urban Honolulu, HI||$89,920|
|83||Baton Rouge, LA||$68,210|
|84||Virginia Beach, VA||$72,770|
|85||South Bend, IN||$63,580|
|87||Myrtle Beach, SC||$46,280|
|98||Panama City, FL||$38,620|
|100||Silver Spring, MD||$62,120|