3. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
They say that everything’s bigger in Texas, and in this aviation hub, your wallet could be too. That’s because these Texas cities combine wages that are on-par with the national average ($22.52/hour for full-time civilians), but cost of living rates that are much lower--about 8 percent below the national average in Dallas. The state is also lucrative for union members, who make about $25.17/hour.