Twin Cities workers are pretty happy with their salaries

The metro area was 2nd on a list of U.S. cities with the highest pay satisfaction.
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The metro area was 2nd on a list of U.S. cities with the highest pay satisfaction.
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Sure they'd like to get paid more, who wouldn't? But on the whole Twin Cities workers are happy with their salaries.

That's according to a study to employer review platform Kununu, which analyzed almost 70,000 reviews from workers in America's 50 largest cities.

They asked users whether they feel they are fairly compensated for their salary, and used this this data to create a "satisfaction score" between 1-5.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro came 2nd in the country with a score of 3.21, behind only Washington D.C. 

Figures show that the average salary in the metro in 2016 was just over $55,000.

The inclusion of the Twin Cities as well as mid-sized cities like Columbus and Omaha on the list is perhaps a sign that salary satisfaction is higher when it doesn't cost a fortune to live in a city.

The tech-dominated San Francisco is fourth on the list, with workers happy with their average income of around $69,000.

But then, when you consider the average house price is now upward of $1.5 million, all of a sudden mid-sized cities look a more enticing prospect for future employees.

“Some of these cities are dominated by high wage industries like tech and finance – and therefore tend to receive high ratings in salary satisfaction too," saif Johannes Prüller, of Kununu. "However, as our salary satisfaction index shows, you shouldn’t preclude midsize cities when searching for a new job."

Overall, national satisfaction with salaries are on the rise as the economy continues to grow, with the average happiness score rising from 2.82 in 2016 to 3.11 in 2017.

The satisfaction isn't always even though, including in the Twin Cities. The Pioneer Press, citing Census statistics, reported in September how Minnesota's black residents have a household income half of what white citizens earn.


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