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15. Physicists Median salary Long Island: $170,960 New

15. Physicists

Median salary

Long Island: $170,960
New York City: $117,380
Hudson Valley: $N/A

The median salary for physicists was 45.7 greater on Long Island than it was in New York City. Photo Credit: AP, 2008

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.

27. Fashion designers Median salary Long Island: $88,770
Photo Credit: AP, Jan. 29, 2013

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.

26. Emergency management directors Median salary Long Island:
Photo Credit: AP, 2012

26. Emergency management directors

Median salary

Long Island: $70,080
New York City: $81,180
Hudson Valley: $50,260

Although the median salary for emergency management directors on Long Island was 13.7 percent less than it was in New York City, it stood 39.4 percent higher on Long Island than it was in Hudson Valley.

25. Chiropractors Median salary Long Island: $102,870 New
Photo Credit: AP, 2008

25. Chiropractors

Median salary

Long Island: $102,870
New York City: $85,740
Hudson Valley: $72,950

The median salary for Long Island chiropractors was 41.0 percent better than in the Hudson Valley and 20.0 percent better than New York City.

24. Motor vehicle electronic equipment installers and repairers
Photo Credit: AP, 2011

24. Motor vehicle electronic equipment installers and repairers

Median salary

Long Island: $35,650
New York City: $25,260
Hudson Valley: N/A

Motor vehicle equipment installers on Long Island made 41.1 percent more in median salary than they did in New York City.

23. Tapers who work in drywall, plasterboard and
Photo Credit: AP, 1944

23. Tapers who work in drywall, plasterboard and wallboard

Median salary

Long Island: $85,210
New York City: $85,260
Hudson Valley: $60,330

While tapers on Long Island made slightly less than those in New York City, the median salary was 41.2 percent greater than it was for tapers in the Hudson Valley region.

22. Funeral service managers, directors, morticians and undertakers
Photo Credit: Newsday / Charles Eckert (March 9, 2009)

22. Funeral service managers, directors, morticians and undertakers

Median salary

Long Island: $86,600
New York City: $61,210
Hudson Valley: N/A

Funeral service workers on Long Island had a median salary 41.5 percent greater than did their counterparts in New York City.

21. Machine feeders and offbearers Median salary Long
Photo Credit: AP, 2011

21. Machine feeders and offbearers

Median salary

Long Island: $28,560
New York City: $23,700
Hudson Valley: $20,150

The median salary for Long Island machine feeders was 41.7 percent more than it was for those in Hudson Valley and 20.5 percent more than it was for those in New York City.

20. Carpet installers Median salary Long Island: $52,350
Photo Credit: AP, 2006

20. Carpet installers

Median salary

Long Island: $52,350
New York City: $36,850
Hudson Valley: N/A

The median salary for a carpet installer on Long Island is 42.1 percent more than for an installer in New York City.

19. Preschool and elementary school special education teachers
Photo Credit: AP, 2012

19. Preschool and elementary school special education teachers

Median salary

Long Island: $87,990
New York City: $61,920
Hudson Valley: $74,300

The median salary for special education teachers on Long Island was 42.1 percent more than it was in New York City and 18.4 percent more than it was in the Hudson Valley.

18. Post-secondary law teachers Median salary Long Island:
Photo Credit: AP, 2007

18. Post-secondary law teachers

Median salary

Long Island: $102,580
New York City: $72,160
Hudson Valley: N/A

Law professors on Long Island brought home a median salary 42.2 percent greater than their New York City counterparts did.

17. Computer and information research scientists Median salary
Photo Credit: AP, 2008

17. Computer and information research scientists

Median salary

Long Island: $109,640
New York City: $75,970
Hudson Valley: N/A

Computer and information research scientists on Long Island had a median salary that is 44.3 percent more than in New York City.

16. Roofers Median salary Long Island: $48,450 New
Photo Credit: AP, 2002

16. Roofers

Median salary

Long Island: $48,450
New York City: $33,430
Hudson Valley: $54,390

The median salary for roofers on Long Island was 44.9 percent better than it was for roofers in New York City, but 10.9 percent less than it was for Hudson Valley roofers.

15. Physicists Median salary Long Island: $170,960 New
Photo Credit: AP, 2008

15. Physicists

Median salary

Long Island: $170,960
New York City: $117,380
Hudson Valley: $N/A

The median salary for physicists was 45.7 greater on Long Island than it was in New York City.

14. Extruding and drawing machine setters and operators
Photo Credit: AP, 2007

14. Extruding and drawing machine setters and operators

Median salary

Long Island: $37,890
New York City: $29,400
Hudson Valley: $25,480

Extruding and drawing machine setters make 48.7 percent more on Long Island than their Hudson Valley counterparts and 28.9 percent more than those in New York City.

13. Tire repairers and changers Median salary Long
Photo Credit: AP, 2005

13. Tire repairers and changers

Median salary

Long Island: $28,560
New York City: $19,550
Hudson Valley: $27,560

The median salary for tire repairers and changers on Long Island is 46.1 percent more than in New York City and 3.6 percent more than in the Hudson Valley.

12. Occupational therapy aides Median salary Long Island:
Photo Credit: AP, 2007

12. Occupational therapy aides

Median salary

Long Island: $38,230
New York City: $25,610
Hudson Valley: $28,920

The median salary for occupational therapy aides on Long Island was 49.3 percent more than it was in New York City and 32.2 percent more than in Hudson Valley.

11. Animal control workers Median salary Long Island:
Photo Credit: AP, 2005

11. Animal control workers

Median salary

Long Island: $51,220
New York City: N/A
Hudson Valley: $33,710

Animal control workers had a median salary on Long Island that was 52.0 percent greater than it was in the Hudson Valley region.

10. Hand polishing and grinding workers Median salary
Photo Credit: Newsday, 2010 / Daniel Goodrich

10. Hand polishing and grinding workers

Median salary

Long Island: $34,800
New York City: $22,830
Hudson Valley: $30,400

The median salary for Long Island polishing and grinding workers was 52.4 percent better than for those in New York City and 14.5 percent better than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

9. Metal and plastic forging machine setters and
Photo Credit: AP, 2009

9. Metal and plastic forging machine setters and operators

Median salary

Long Island: $36,680
New York City: $23,460
Hudson Valley: $44,770

Forging machine setters on Long Island make 56.4 percent more than they would in New York City, but 18.1 percent less than they would in the Hudson Valley.

8. Recordkeepers: Weighers, measurers, checkers and samplers Median
Photo Credit: AP, 2010

8. Recordkeepers: Weighers, measurers, checkers and samplers

Median salary

Long Island: $37,260
New York City: $23,670
Hudson Valley: $37,870

The median salary for recordkeepers on Long Island is 57.4 percent more than he or she would in New York City. But Long Islanders make 1.6 percent less than their Hudson Valley counterparts.

7. Library clerical assistants Median salary Long Island:
Photo Credit: AP, 2011

7. Library clerical assistants

Median salary

Long Island: $33,540
New York City: $20,840
Hudson Valley: $27,200

The median salary for Long Island library assistants was 60.9 percent greater than for those in New York City and 23.3 percent greater than for those in the Hudson Valley region.

6. Farming, fishing and forestry occupations Median salary
Photo Credit: AP, 2013

6. Farming, fishing and forestry occupations

Median salary

Long Island: $30,660
New York City: $44,810
Hudson Valley: $18,750

Famers, fishers and foresters on Long Island get a median salary that is 63.5 percent more than is paid in the Hudson Valley region. But Long Islanders who hold those jobs earn 31.6 percent less than their New York City counterparts.

5. Crossing guards Median salary Long Island: $48,330
Photo Credit: AP, 2013

5. Crossing guards

Median salary

Long Island: $48,330
New York City: N/A
Hudson Valley: $29,180

A Long Island crossing guard makes a median salary that is 65.6 percent more than he or she would make in Hudson Valley.

4. Couriers and messengers Median salary Long Island:
Photo Credit: Lynsey Addario, 1999

4. Couriers and messengers

Median salary

Long Island: $37,020
New York City: $22,710
Hudson Valley: $31,510

The median salary for couriers and messengers on Long Island was 63.0 percent greater than in New York and 17.5 percent greater than it was in the Hudson Valley region.

3. Hand sewers Median salary Long Island: $31,460
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh, 2012

3. Hand sewers

Median salary

Long Island: $31,460
New York City: $23,480
Hudson Valley: $17,990

The median salary for those who do hand sewing on Long Island was 74.9 percent greater than for those in the Hudson Valley and 34.0 percent more than those in New York City.

2. Drywall and ceiling tile installers Median salary
Photo Credit: AP, 1999

2. Drywall and ceiling tile installers

Median salary

Long Island: $58,910
New York City: $33,870
Hudson Valley: $46,460

Long Island drywall and ceiling tile installers had a median salary 74.0 percent greater than their New York City counterparts and 26.8 percent above similarly employed persons in Hudson Valley.

1. Metal and plastic model makers Median salary
Photo Credit: AP, 2007

1. Metal and plastic model makers

Median salary

Long Island: $53,730
New York City: $28,760
Hudson Valley: N/A

The median salary for model makers on Long Island was 86.8 percent more than for those in New York City.

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