RALEIGH – For all those college graduates looking to start their professional careers, Raleigh ranks No. 9 among 182 cities across the U.S. as a best place to start a career.

Durham came in 32nd. However, the Triangle city scored a first: Best place for starting salaries in a tie with Tacoma, Wash.

WalletHub infographic

Financial news and services site WalletHub unveiled the results Tuesday.

Durham’s starting monthly salaries came in at $3,746.

Raleigh’s average was much lower that $3,062.

By the way, the Triangle’s duo rank behind three other cities that are finalists for the Amazon HQ2 project: Atlanta, Austin and Denver.

Raleigh scored 57.82 points on the survey.

The capital city ranked 17th for career opportunities and 10th for quality of life.

Durham came in with a 52.90 score.

The Bull City finished 29th for career opportunities but ranked only 44th for quality of life.

Other North Carolina cities in the rankings:

  • Charlotte, No. 38
  • Greensboro, No. 91
  • Winston-Salem, No. 127
  • Fayetteville, No. 145

The overall top 10:

  1. Salt Lake City
  2. Orlando
  3. Atlanta
  4. Charleston, S.C.
  5. Tempe, Ariz.
  6. Austin, Texas
  7. Columbia, S.C.
  8. Denver
  9. Raleigh
  10. Grand Rapids, Mich.

Read the full report online.