Articles by Raul Amoros

Salary

This map shows the highest-paying companies in every state

Some companies are paying big bucks to the Average Joe. Our new map breaks down the highest-paying companies by industry in every state.

Personal Finance

These maps show where Americans struggle to afford a home

Home-owning burdens are significantly more prevalent on the coasts as compared to the Midwest and the South, and in particular California and the Northeast.

Salary

Visualizing the best and worst paid jobs in the tech sector

We did some research and discovered that there are plenty of great high-paying jobs out there, but there are also several positions with relatively low pay.

Personal Finance

Mapping the best (and worst) places for Millennials to make a living

Our new map highlights the parts of the country where millennials are earning the most (and least) on an adjusted basis.

Salary

Revealed: The 20 companies with the best pay gaps between CEOs and workers

We recently released a new visualization highlighting companies with the largest pay gaps between their CEOs and their average worker. The latest SEC rule requiring companies to publish these figures doesn’t always mean that a company is put in a negative light. In fact, the figures also indicate the companies where the average Joe and a CEO aren’t so far apart on the pay scale.

Personal Finance

The schools with the highest return on investment in every state

The average return on investment for all 50 schools (plus Washington DC) is an eye-popping $595,000, and the average loan amount is just under $29,000. That means that, on average, going to a high-value school gives you roughly 20x return on your money. Try getting that in the stock market.

Personal Finance

The best (and worst) states for teacher’s wages

We collected figures for teachers at all three levels (elementary, middle and high school) to create three color-coded heat maps of earnings and we calculated the average between elementary, middle and high school teachers to create a Top 10 list of states where teachers earn the most.

Personal Finance

How many hours you need to work to pay a mortgage in different cities

Many people define The American Dream as owning your own home, not to mention a comfortable lifestyle, healthy children, and a secure retirement. But the ability to afford a home — let alone all those other things — depends entirely on where you live and your level of income.

Personal Finance

How your take-home pay compares to workers around the world

Tax season has finally come and gone, and by now most Americans have either gotten their refund or established a payment plan for taxes owed to the government. Here’s a nice thought experiment: go back and look at your tax return to figure out how much money the government claims through all forms of taxation. How does your own situation compare to the rest of the world?

Personal Finance

How much you need to make in each state to afford a 2-bedroom apartment

Affordable housing is already a hot-button political issue. Housing advocates have long pointed out the lack of affordable options in big cities with booming tech sectors, like San Francisco, but where does that leave the rest of the country?

News

Here are the best colleges under $20,000 in each state

From a geographical perspective, there are affordable top-ranked programs in every region of the country. The West tends to have a higher number of inexpensive universities, like the University of New Mexico ($7,146) or Montana State University ($7,150), but similar price points can be found out East, too.

The Future of Work

This map shows where freelancers get more bang for their buck

Freelancing is on the rise. Since more people are ditching traditional corporate jobs and striking out on their own, it’s worth asking: How much money do freelancers need to make to enjoy a reasonable standard of living? We created a new map to find out.

Finances

The cheapest and most expensive cities to start a company

If you’re seeking a home for your startup, maybe consider something away from the coasts, instead of the old standbys, and save yourself some of that venture capital cash for other aspects of your business.

Personal Finance

This map shows you the best (and worst) cities to make a living

What is the most important measure for your family when it comes to financial security? We suspect it’s the total take-home pay coming into your pocket each year, so we created a map showing the places with the 10 highest and 10 lowest median annual salary earnings in the country.

Job Search

These are the most iconic jobs in every state

Americans enjoy such a large economy because they specialize and dominate in a wide range of industries. Similarly, individual states specialize in some industries more than others, as you can see in this map.

News

These are the hottest jobs in America in 2018

Many of the highest-paying jobs are in the technology sector — machine learning engineers, data scientists, computer vision engineers, full stack developers — while the bottom is largely comprised of occupations from a variety of industries, including pharmacists, construction managers, and architects.