#12. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California

- Average annual salary: $90,700

- Median annual salary: $82,310

- Total employment: 530 (5.8 per 1,000 jobs)

Santa Cruz has a growing hospitality and tourism sector, with 23% of jobs in the city correlated to hotels and restaurants. Technology and innovation also help to keep the city thriving for being close to other Bay Area tech companies. An accountant in the Santa Cruz area can expect to make a handsome salary with the national average ranging from $78,122 to $512,786. The cost of living, like many other Bay Area cities, is much higher than the nation’s average.

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