MACCLESFIELD is the only town outside the south to make the top ten in a survey of UK pay.
On average, Maxonians earn £34,500 – just £200 less than Londoners, and ten thousand more than residents in neighbouring Stockport.
The town is sixth out of 100 ranked towns and cities. Top is St Albans, where well-heeled workers bring home £43,500. In fifth place is London, behind (in descending order) Wokingham, Guildford, Windsor and St Albans.
The survey, released by chartered accountants UHY Hacker Young, and based on HM Revenue and Customs data, covers the 2006-7 tax year and so pre-dates the recession.
Peter Howard, Jobcentre Plus Macclesfield manager, said: "These figures show it is not all doom and gloom in the local jobs market. There are still around 759 unfilled vacancies in Macclesfield including many professional jobs."
Residents in Macclesfield earn over ten thousand more than the average UK wage (£24,292), according to the stats.
Mancunians fall below the average, at just £20,300 (in 76th place), with Hull rock bottom on £17,300.
In the battle between Cheshires East and West, Chester comes out second best on £28,800 (13th place overall).
Cheshire East council leader Wesley Fitzgerald said: "This isn’t a surprise. The presence of AstraZeneca adds enormously to this and Prestbury will skew the figures. But the recession is no respecter of business size and even larger businesses are now feeling the pinch."
Of Macclesfield’s £34,500 average, £7,540 went straight to the taxman in income tax.