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By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch


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Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN +3.55%  , Alphabet /zigman2/quotes/205453964/composite GOOG +2.60%  , Salesforce /zigman2/quotes/200515854/composite CRM +3.39%  and Facebook  may top LinkedIn’s list of the best companies to work for in the U.S., but when it comes to the jobs paying the most across the country, energy and health care are where it’s at.

How do we know this?

Public companies, under a new rule, are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to reveal data about employee compensation. Cost-estimating website HowMuch.net crunched the numbers to create this map:

As you can see, the map is color-coded by industry and uses figures compiled and sorted by the labor group AFL-CIO to highlight the companies paying the best median wage in each state.

Here are the top 10 companies on the map:

State Company Ticker Median pay
New Jersey NRG Yield   $964,005
Nevada VirnetX Holding Corp. /zigman2/quotes/208346574/composite VHC   $562,062
California Geron Corp. /zigman2/quotes/206916553/composite GERN   $500,250
Massachusetts Infinity Pharma /zigman2/quotes/209653003/composite INFI   $495,513
Virginia Arlington Asset Investment /zigman2/quotes/222990672/composite AI   $483,502
Michigan Esperion Therapeutics /zigman2/quotes/207049816/composite ESPR   $409,294
New York Intra-Cellular Therapies /zigman2/quotes/209441868/composite ITCI   $354,916
Maryland Chesapeake Lodging   $347,750
Texas Capstead Mortgage   $300,000
Utah Lipocine /zigman2/quotes/202742746/composite LPCN   $299,612

Those are some pretty stellar numbers for rank-and-file workers, but keep in mind, the opportunities are extremely rare. The companies listed above only employ 21 people each, on average, according to HowMuch.net.

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$ 142.72
+4.89 +3.55%
Volume: 9.35M
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P/E Ratio
127.51
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1404.15 billion
Rev. per Employee
$302,178
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$ 120.55
+3.05 +2.60%
Volume: 1.89M
Aug. 10, 2022 9:51a
P/E Ratio
22.28
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1526.94 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.77M
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$ 188.43
+6.19 +3.39%
Volume: 406,522
Aug. 10, 2022 9:51a
P/E Ratio
182.52
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$188.80 billion
Rev. per Employee
$379,924
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US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 1.96
+0.01 +0.51%
Volume: 8,729
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P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
$140.33 million
Rev. per Employee
$1,458
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US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 2.10
+0.03 +1.45%
Volume: 185,429
Aug. 10, 2022 9:51a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$781.32 million
Rev. per Employee
$19,986
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US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 0.87
+0.13 +17.58%
Volume: 335,702
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P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$65.97 million
Rev. per Employee
$61,909
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US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 22.24
+0.89 +4.17%
Volume: 189,169
Aug. 10, 2022 9:51a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$2.29 billion
Rev. per Employee
N/A
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/zigman2/quotes/207049816/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 6.38
-0.05 -0.78%
Volume: 41,419
Aug. 10, 2022 9:51a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$405.13 million
Rev. per Employee
$309,573
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/zigman2/quotes/209441868/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 59.35
+3.01 +5.35%
Volume: 29,044
Aug. 10, 2022 9:51a
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$5.31 billion
Rev. per Employee
$201,017
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/zigman2/quotes/202742746/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 0.75
+0.03 +3.45%
Volume: 20,009
Aug. 10, 2022 9:48a
P/E Ratio
19.33
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$64.16 million
Rev. per Employee
$1.24M
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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.

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