Top 10 Cities With the Highest Job Satisfaction

There are a lot of different factors to consider when you’re thinking about moving to a new city: how healthy the local labor market is, what sort of entertainment options there are, how much the cost of living is. One thing you may not have considered? How satisfied residents are with their jobs.
But job satisfaction should not be dismissed when making a move to a new city, especially when you consider that most people spend about a third of their lives at work. When you have a job you’re highly satisfied with, your overall happiness can receive a serious boost.
So if you want to move somewhere where people tend to love their jobs, check out the following cities! Apply to one of the open jobs there, and you just might join the ranks of highly satisfied employees.

1. San Francisco, CA

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.6
Number of Open Jobs: 108,548
Companies Hiring: Uber, Kabbage, Gap Inc., Charles Schwab, McKesson & more

2. San Jose, CA

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.6
Number of Open Jobs: 88,293
Companies Hiring: Cisco Systems, Nutanix, SunPower, Xilinx, PayPal & more

3. Washington, DC

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.6
Number of Open Jobs: 145,439
Companies Hiring: Hilton, Bank of America, Inova, AvalonBay Communities, CARFAX & more

4. Oklahoma City, OK

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.5
Number of Open Jobs: 19,623
Companies Hiring: Paycom, Oklahoma Heart Hospital, MidFirst Bank, OGE Energy, AT&T & more

5. Seattle, WA

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.5
Number of Open Jobs: 74,124
Companies Hiring: Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, University of Washington, Nordstrom & more

6. Salt Lake City, UT

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.5
Number of Open Jobs: 29,516
Companies Hiring: Workfront, Avalon Health Care, Overstock.com, Goldman Sachs, Clearlink & more

7. San Diego, CA

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.5
Number of Open Jobs: 40,947
Companies Hiring: Qualcomm, Illumina, Northrop Grumman, Petco, US Navy & more

8. Boston, MA

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.5
Number of Open Jobs: 109,126
Companies Hiring: State Street, Wayfair, Fidelity Investments, MathWorks, Boston Children’s Hospital & more

9. Austin, TX

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.5
Number of Open Jobs: 45,056
Companies Hiring: Alamo Drafthouse, GoDaddy, National Instruments, HomeAway, Austin ISD & more

10. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

Job Satisfaction Score: 3.5
Number of Open Jobs: 59,603
Companies Hiring: Citrix, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Zimmerman Advertising, Ryder System, Univision & more

Methodology: Glassdoor’s Cities With the Most Satisfied Employees identifies U.S. metros with the highest job satisfaction based on a comparison of the 50 most populated U.S. metros. Job satisfaction ratings per metro are based on at least 1,500 company reviews shared by local employees on Glassdoor over the past year (8/16/17-8/15/18; Ratings based on a 5-point scale: 1.0=very dissatisfied, 3.0=OK, 5.0=very satisfied). The companies hiring represent a selection of companies with open jobs in each city.