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27. Fashion designers Median salary Long Island: $88,770
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27. Fashion designers

Median salary

Long Island: $88,770
New York City: $71,760
Hudson Valley: $63,710

The recent median salary for fashion designers on Long Island was 39.3 percent greater than it was in the Hudson Valley region and 23.7 percent better than it was in New York City.(Credit: AP, Jan. 29, 2013)

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Jobs that pay better on LI than in the rest of the NYC area

If you've heard concern that the pay scale across Long Island isn't competitive enough to keep the best talent from fleeing to New York City or Westchester, then this list is for you.

We sifted through recent median salary data for more than 600 occupations and found more than 25 occupations in which Long Islanders make 40 percent more than similarly employed people in New York City or the Hudson Valley.

If you're intent on staying on Long Island -- or just desperately want to see your offspring stay local -- here are the occupations you should track most closely.