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6. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors Median salary (Credit: AP (Nov. 15, 2007))

6. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

Median salary

Long Island: $33,920
New York City: $71,770
Hudson Valley: N/A
The median salary for Long Island trainers was 52.7 percent less than for those in New York City. Employment data for trainers in the Hudson Valley region was not available.

Long Island jobs: A quick move can pay off big

Nobody wants to feel underpaid. But many Long Islanders could expect a significant boost in salary if they just moved their job search to New York City or Westchester.

We compared median salary information for more than 600 occupations and found the ones where the negative difference in pay between Long Islanders and their New York City and Hudson Valley counterparts is greatest. In other words, here are the positions whose pay-grades are far lower on Long Island than in nearby locales.

18. Interior designers Median salary Long Island: $47,230
(Credit: AP (Aug. 28, 2008))

18. Interior designers

Median salary

Long Island: $47,230
New York City: $70,630
Hudson Valley: $77,900
The median salary for Long Island interior designers was 33.1 percent less than for those in New York City and 39.4 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

17. Postsecondary art, drama and music teachers Median
(Credit: AP (Feb. 12, 2004))

17. Postsecondary art, drama and music teachers

Median salary

Long Island: $67,930
New York City: $113,150
Hudson Valley: $66,500
The median salary for Long Island art, drama and music professors was 40.0 percent less than for those in New York City but 2.2 percent more than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

16. Fine artists, including painters sculptors and illustrators
(Credit: AP (May 11, 2001))

16. Fine artists, including painters sculptors and illustrators

Median salary

Long Island: $31,450
New York City: $52,660
Hudson Valley: $45,870
The median salary for Long Island artists was 40.3 percent less than for those in New York City and 31.4 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

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15. Loan officer Median salary Long Island: $73,210
(Credit: AP (March 17, 2008))

15. Loan officer

Median salary

Long Island: $73,210
New York City: $122,880
Hudson Valley: $82,740
The median salary for Long Island loan officers was 40.4 percent less than for those in New York City and 11.5 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

14. Postsecondary physics teachers Median salary Long Island:
(Credit: AP (Aug. 13, 2008))

14. Postsecondary physics teachers

Median salary

Long Island: $62,050
New York City: $104,950
Hudson Valley: $67,210
The median salary for Long Island physics professors was 40.9 percent less than for those in New York City and 7.7 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

13. Outdoor power equipment and other small engine
(Credit: AP (July 21, 2009))

13. Outdoor power equipment and other small engine mechanics

Median salary

Long Island: $29,280
New York City: $50,190
Hudson Valley: $37,220
The median salary for Long Island power equipment mechanics was 41.7 percent less than for those in New York City and 21.3 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

12. Airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers Median
(Credit: AP (June 11, 2008))

12. Airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers

Median salary

Long Island: $78,700
New York City: $136,030
Hudson Valley: $113,780
The median salary for Long Island pilots was 42.2 percent less than for those in New York City and 30.8 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

11. Postsecondary English language and literature teachers Median
(Credit: AP (March 11, 2008))

11. Postsecondary English language and literature teachers

Median salary

Long Island: $59,430
New York City: $102,920
Hudson Valley: $60,560
The median salary for Long Island English and literature professors was 42.3 percent less than for those in New York City and 1.9 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

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10. Writers and authors Median salary Long Island:
(Credit: AP (Jan. 30, 2008))

10. Writers and authors

Median salary

Long Island: $43,350
New York City: $77,460
Hudson Valley: $62,670
The median salary for Long Island authors was 44.0 percent less than for those in New York City and 30.8 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

9. Farm workers, farm, ranch and aquacultural animals
(Credit: AP (Oct. 12, 2011))

9. Farm workers, farm, ranch and aquacultural animals

Median salary

Long Island: $23,820
New York City: $44,930
Hudson Valley: $27,820
The median salary for Long Island farmers was 47.0 percent less than for those in New York City and 14.4 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

8. Postsecondary biological science teachers Median salary Long
(Credit: AP (June 3, 2008))

8. Postsecondary biological science teachers

Median salary

Long Island: $49,330
New York City: $96,580
Hudson Valley: N/A
The median salary for Long Island biology professors was 48.9 percent less than for those in New York City. Employment and salary data for biology professors in Hudson Valley was not available.

7. Postsecondary criminal justice and law enforcement professors
(Credit: AP (Sept. 15, 2005))

7. Postsecondary criminal justice and law enforcement professors

Median salary

Long Island: $56,530
New York City: $115,330
Hudson Valley: $59,620
The median salary for Long Island criminal justice professors was 51.0 percent less than for those in New York City and 5.2 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

6. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors Median salary
(Credit: AP (Nov. 15, 2007))

6. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors

Median salary

Long Island: $33,920
New York City: $71,770
Hudson Valley: N/A
The median salary for Long Island trainers was 52.7 percent less than for those in New York City. Employment data for trainers in the Hudson Valley region was not available.

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5. Securities, commodities and financial services sales agents
(Credit: AP (Jan. 22, 2013))

5. Securities, commodities and financial services sales agents

Median salary

Long Island: $62,880
New York City: $133,350
Hudson Valley: N/A
The median salary for Long Island financial services sales agents was 52.9 percent less than for those in New York City. Salary and employment data for the particular occupation was not available for the Hudson Valley region.

4. Operators of paving, surfacing and tamping equipment
(Credit: AP (June 9, 2005))

4. Operators of paving, surfacing and tamping equipment

Median salary

Long Island: $35,220
New York City: $83,810
Hudson Valley: $61,440
The median salary for Long Island paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators was 58.0 percent less than for those in New York City and 42.7 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

3. Operations research analysts Median salary Long Island:
(Credit: AP (Feb. 5, 2008))

3. Operations research analysts

Median salary

Long Island: $54,640
New York City: $130,420
Hudson Valley: $98,190
The median salary for Long Island research analysts was 58.1 percent less than for those in New York City and 44.4 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

2. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment Median salary
(Credit: AP (March 4, 2010))

2. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

Median salary

Long Island: $19,890
New York City: $48,620
Hudson Valley: $24,130
The median salary for Long Island vehicle and equipment cleaners was 59.1 percent less than for those in New York City and 17.6 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

1. Postsecondary mathematical science teachers Median salary Long
(Credit: AP (May 2, 2008))

1. Postsecondary mathematical science teachers

Median salary

Long Island: $47,770
New York City: $123,810
Hudson Valley: $61,710
The median salary for Long Island mathematical science professors was 61.4 percent less than for those in New York City and 22.6 percent less than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

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