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This is how many Houston workers now earn 6-figure salaries

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As one of the biggest opportunity cities in the U.S., the Houston area presents an opportunity for workers to cash in.

From 2015 to 2020, Houston saw a 21.9-percent increase in six-figure jobs. In our region, 8.8 percent of jobs pay at least $100,000 a year, according to a new study from Stessa, a provider of property management software for landlords.

That's the highest percentage among the four major metros in Texas, for reference (and for bragging rights).

Across the metro area, the median annual pay stands at $42,710.

Nationally, professions that often draw at least $100,000 a year include software developer, attorney, sales manager, pharmacist, and nurse practitioner, according to the study.

"One of the COVID-19 pandemic's most significant long-term effects on the economy could be rising wages," the study says. "With widespread shortages in the labor market reported this summer, many employers — particularly those with lower-wage employees — have tried to entice workers with improved compensation and benefits. These trends have led to the fastest rates of wage growth since the Great Recession, especially among the lowest earners."

Among large metro areas, Nashville ranks first for the growth of six-figure jobs from 2015 to 2020 — 270.9 percent.

Looking at major Texas metro areas in Texas, San Antonio claims the highest ranking for growth in six-figure jobs: No. 7. From 2015 to 2020, the share of six-figure jobs in the San Antonio area went up by 163 percent. Last year, 5.7 percent of jobs in San Antonio pulled in at least $100,000 annually.

DFW saw a 60 percent rise in six-figure jobs. In DFW, 8.5 percent of workers — or 306,240 people — earn six-figure salaries, the study says.

Austin holds the No. 15 spot among major metro areas, with a 101.1 percent jump in six-figure jobs from 2015 to 2020. Last year, 7.6 percent of jobs in the Austin area raked in at least $100,000 annually.

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This article originally ran on CultureMap.

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A new report says Houston “is poised for further growth” in life sciences. Photo via Getty Images

Houston is receiving more kudos for its robust life sciences sector.

Bayou City lands at No. 13 in JLL’s 2022 ranking of the country’s top 15 metro areas for life sciences. JLL says Houston “is poised for further growth” in life sciences.

Here’s how Houston fares in each of the ranking’s three categories:

  • No. 12 for supply of life sciences-oriented commercial real estate
  • No. 14 for access to life sciences talent
  • No. 15 for life sciences grant funding and venture capital

Earlier this year, Houston scored a 13th-place ranking on a list released by JLL competitor CBRE of the country’s top 25 life sciences markets. Meanwhile, commercial real estate platform CommercialCafe recently placed Houston at No. 10 among the top U.S. metros for life sciences.

JLL applauds Houston for strong growth in the amount of life sciences talent along with “an impressive base of research institutions and medical centers.” But it faults Houston for limited VC interest in life sciences startups and a small inventory of lab space.

“Houston is getting a boost [in life sciences] from the growing Texas Medical Center and an influx of venture capital earmarked for life sciences research,” the Greater Houston Partnership recently noted.

Boston appears at No. 1 in this year’s JLL ranking, followed by the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Washington, D.C./Baltimore, and Philadelphia.

Last year’s JLL list included only 10 life sciences markets; Houston wasn’t among them.

“The long-term potential of the sector remains materially unchanged since 2021,” Travis McCready, head of life sciences for JLL’s Americas markets, says in a news release.

“Innovation is happening at a more rapid pace than ever before, the fruits of research into cell and gene therapy are just now being harvested, and revenue growth has taken off in the past five years as the sector becomes larger, an atypical growth track.”

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