Where are high-paying tech jobs located?


While Silicon Valley has been (and will continue to be) a mecca for technology talent, not every ambitious tech pro wants to see their exorbitant salary eaten up by even more exorbitant housing costs.

Granted, Boston and New York — two other tech-talent magnets — aren’t much better in terms of affordable living. But plenty of other places in the U.S. are, and you can make a decent buck in them as well.

Business.org recently analyzed available data (primarily from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) on average tech salaries in 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. Not surprisingly, the metadata bodes well for tech workers: The Business.org analysis shows that tech salaries are 66% higher on average across the U.S. than salaries for non-tech jobs. (In Winston-Salem, N.C., tech workers make 87% more on average than non-tech workers.)

By the way, we’re talking about a wide range of tech jobs here — computer programmers, software developers, data scientists, web developers, network and systems admins, network architects, and more. So the averages really are averages: Any of the 2018 average tech salaries listed below likely would be less than an AI programmer makes and more than a tech support worker.

The chart that accompanies the Business.org article is topped by San Jose (average tech salary of $117,701), San Francisco ($113,629), Seattle ($111,110), New York ($108,608), and Washington, D.C. ($105,019). Then things get interesting:

  • Baltimore/Columbia — $102,046
  • Bridgeport/Stamford, CT — $100,473
  • Boston/Cambridge — $100,329
  • Dallas/Fort Worth — $98,237
  • Los Angeles — $96,828

At the bottom of the list are two metropolitan areas in Florida — Deltona/Daytona Beach ($63,977) and North Port/Sarasota/Bradenton ($66,162). Modest salaries compared to Silicon Valley, but still 61% and 50% higher than the average salaries for all non-tech positions in those respective areas.

The areas with the biggest disparities between tech and non-tech salaries are Winston-Salem, N.C. (where tech workers make 91% more on average than non-tech workers), and three metro areas in Texas (at 87% each): Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, and San Antonio.

To sum up, not only do technology professionals on average make nearly two-thirds more than non-tech workers, they also have high-paying opportunities anywhere in the U.S. where there is technology, which is virtually everywhere. That’s not a bad position to be in.

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