#10. Santa Rosa, California

- Average annual salary: $92,220

- Median annual salary: $84,100

- Total employment: 1,730 (8.9 per 1,000 jobs)

Santa Rosa is a city located in Sonoma County, just an hour’s drive from San Francisco. The city has a skilled workforce and a well-balanced economy ranging from technology and entrepreneurial businesses to banking and several accounting firms. As of August 2021, the unemployment rate was 5.2%, a drop from 15.4% in 2020 when the pandemic struck. Employers in the area hired 15,000 workers, according to labor market data. During the height of the pandemic, the accounting profession played a critical role in the area, with bank employees hard at work processing loans for their small business clients. As of October 2021, the salary range for accountants in Santa Clara was $64,622 to $78,147, with the cost of living being much higher than the nation’s average.

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