Here's the salary you need to be in the top 50% of earners in 19 major US cities

new york cityShutterstockIf you're earning $52,000 a year in New York City, you're doing better than half of the population.

Looking at the money it takes to be among the top 1% and top 10% of earners in major US cities might feel discouraging.

However, if you didn't crack the top 10%, you're not necessarily doing too badly for yourself. In the New York City metro area, for example, if you're earning $52,000 a year, you're earning more than half the population.

That's according to an interactive tool from The New York Times that allows you to enter your household income and compare your earnings across 344 zones throughout the US.

Here, we've highlighted the annual household income required to be in the top 25% and top 50% in 19 major US metro areas, from lowest to highest income needed.

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19. San Antonio, Texas

19. San Antonio, Texas

Income required to be in the:

Top 25%: $83,345

Top 50%: $48,787

18. Charlotte, North Carolina

18. Charlotte, North Carolina

Top 25%: $88,427

Top 50%: $51,200

17. Nashville, Tennessee

17. Nashville, Tennessee

Top 25%: $87,424

Top 50%: $51,247

16. Cincinnati, Ohio

16. Cincinnati, Ohio

Top 25%: $89,748

Top 50%: $51,700

15. New York City, New York

15. New York City, New York

Top 25%: $100,200

Top 50%: $52,057

14. St. Louis, Missouri

14. St. Louis, Missouri

Top 25%: $90,037

Top 50%: $52,141

13. Houston, Texas

13. Houston, Texas

Top 25%: $97,570

Top 50%: $54,000

12. Los Angeles, California

12. Los Angeles, California

Top 25%: $98,300

Top 50%: $54,083

11. Portland, Oregon

11. Portland, Oregon

Top 25%: $93,683

Top 50%: $55,399

10. Dallas, Texas

10. Dallas, Texas

Top 25%: $100,286

Top 50%: $56,004

9. Denver, Colorado

9. Denver, Colorado

Top 25%: $100,000

Top 50%: $57,600

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Top 25%: $104,622

Top 50%: $59,053

7. Chicago, Illinois

7. Chicago, Illinois

Top 25%: $103,507

Top 50%: $60,484

6. San Diego, California

6. San Diego, California

Top 25%: $105,200

Top 50%: $60,984

5. Baltimore, Maryland

5. Baltimore, Maryland

Top 25%: $110,161

Top 50%: $65,000

4. Seattle, Washington

4. Seattle, Washington

Top 25%: $110,140

Top 50%: $66,168

3. Boston, Massachusetts

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Top 25%: $122,100

Top 50%: $70,020

2. San Francisco, California

2. San Francisco, California

Top 25%: $141,790

Top 50%: $78,086

1. Washington, DC

1. Washington, DC

Top 25%: $140,800

Top 50%: $84,598

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