5 Best Cities for Hourly Jobs

Amber Shiflett |

Got the itch to travel? Put your feet to the pavement and set up roots in a new city! 

That said, we know moving can be scary or daunting. If you’re looking to make a big move, consider moving to one of the best cities in the US for hourly jobs. 

We’ve compiled this list of five US cities that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are some of the best cities in terms of the job market, housing affordability, cost of living and commute. 

Take a peek to find your next well-paying hourly job in a not-too-exotic destination. 

1. Scottsdale, Arizona

Average starting salary: $10.50

Unemployment rate: 3.4%

Average cost for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,000

Can you feel the heat? Scottsdale may be in the desert, but it’s known as a popular resort town. This desert city caters to discerning vacationers who pay top dollar for tasty grub. If you want to fast track a career in the high-end restaurant or dining industry, Scottsdale is the perfect place for foodie job seekers. 

2. Plano, Texas

Average starting salary: $9.50

Unemployment rate: 3.2%

Average cost for a one-bedroom apartment: $800

You probably haven’t heard of this sleepy Dallas suburb, but Plano offers more to hourly workers in search of good job openings. Plano has the lowest unemployment rate of all the US cities on this list. It’s also close to many colleges, which is perfect if you want to take classes while you work part-time. Plano is also home to many corporate headquarters, which is perfect if you’re interested in climbing the corporate ladder. 

3. Orlando, Florida

Average starting salary: $11

Unemployment rate: 6%

Average cost for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,229

Known for oranges and theme parks, Orlando is a popular destination for vacationers and retirees alike. If you’ve always dreamed of a new job at a large theme park like Universal or Disney, this is your shot! Workers in sunny Florida report great job satisfaction, too.

4. Birmingham, Alabama

Average starting salary: $13

Unemployment rate: 3.4%

Average cost for a one-bedroom apartment: $700

Do you want to experience Southern charm without the hefty price tag? Birmingham is a friendly city smack-dab in the Deep South. But don’t let the slow living fool you: Birmingham is home to several large banks and telecom companies. It has one of the best job markets in the US and has a low cost of living. If you want a future in finance without the high rent, Birmingham is the place to be. 

5. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Average starting salary: $12

Unemployment rate: 3.6%

Average cost for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,100

Get a whiff of fresh mountain air every morning when you head for Colorado Springs. This city is famous for green living and the towering Pike’s Peak mountain, as well as a thriving economy that makes your next job search a piece of cake. Colorado Springs gives hourly workers an affordable, health-conscious environment that experiences all four seasons. 

Find your next hourly job

Score a job that has a decent average starting salary that won’t put you in the poorhouse. If you’re looking to make a move, do more research on these five best cities for hourly workers. 

No matter where you end up, it’s important to know yourself before you start applying to jobs. Practice your interview skills right now, starting with the much-dreaded question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”