The Top Tech Salaries of 100 US Cities in 2018

If you want to move up a pay grade, consider moving to one of these high-salary cities for tech professionals.

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Your city isn’t so bad. You get at least seven weeks of summer a year, most of the good bands tour through town because their buses need to gas up, and there are rumors of a new Dave & Buster’s opening (or at least a knockoff Dirk & Bruno’s). And your tech job pays well enough, so why consider moving? It’s not like you could pull in a higher salary somewhere else.

But you could—and you might be surprised just how much higher. Tech salaries are exploding in major metro cities across the US—in some cases, more than doubling the average local income of those outside the technology sector. Even cities not traditionally thought of as “major” are paying out major tech wages. Provo, Utah, is no one’s go-to in urban metropolis trivia, but you’d make over $30,000 a year more there in tech than in any other profession in the state.

If you think that’s impressive, we have 99 more examples of cities where tech salaries are outpacing state income averages, some by as much as 80%. The tech occupations we factored in include actuaries, research scientists, network architects, network support specialists, programmers, systems analysts, customer support specialists, database administrators, information security analysts, mathematicians, network and computer systems administrators, operations research analysts, software developers, statisticians, and web developers.

A few more interesting findings:

  • The disparity between the no. 1 highest tech salary we identified ($159,380 in Palm Bay, Florida) and the local non-tech average ($50,860) is staggering. Maybe that’s part of the reason US News & World Report once recognized Palm Bay as America’s “Drunkest City.”
  • In the top 10, we found that Washington, DC, had the narrowest gap between tech and non-tech salaries ($106,731 to $75,506), followed closely by Bridgeport, Connecticut ($105,641 to $73,433). Makes sense, as their largest employers are the government and hospitals, respectively—neither one a shrinking industry.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, the bottom 10 also displayed slim differences between tech and non-tech salaries, most notably Stockton, California ($73,440 to $67,739). Aside from that city and a couple of others, most of the bottom 10 also fell within the southern half of the US.
  • While metro costs of living weren’t factored into our research, it should be noted that most of the top cities on this list are not cheap places to live, which might explain the high salaries, as cities like San Francisco and New York City need to offer top pay to attract—and cover the rent of—top talent.
Metro areaCity StateAverage annual tech salary (2017 data)Average state salary
Syracuse, NY MSASyracuseNew York$117,000 $62,909
Dayton, OH MSADaytonOhio$116,200 $52,334
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA MSASan FransiscoCalifornia$113,078 $67,739
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA MSASan JoseCalifornia$112,763 $67,739
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC MSADurhamNorth Carolina$112,450 $50,584
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA MSAVenturaCalifornia$109,850 $67,739
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV MSAWashington, DCWashington, DC$106,731 $75,506
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT MSABridgeportConnecticut$105,641 $73,433
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA MSANew York CityNew York$105,334 $62,909
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA MSASeattleWashington$105,143 $67,106
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA MSASan DiegoCalifornia$98,723 $67,739
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH MSABostonMassachusetts$98,530 $75,297
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD MSABaltimoreMaryland$97,437 $78,945
Provo-Orem, UT MSAProvoUtah$96,120 $65,977
Springfield, MA MSASpringfield Massachusetts$95,940 $75,297
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT MSAHartfordConnecticut$94,989 $73,433
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD MSAPhiladelphiaPennsylvania$94,666 $56,907
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO MSADenverColorado$93,948 $65,685
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSADallasTexas$93,885 $56,565
Santa Rosa, CA MSASanta RosaCalifornia$93,540 $67,739
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA MSALos AngelesCalifornia$93,511 $67,739
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI MSAChicagoIllinois$93,116 $60,960
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSAPortlandOregon$93,110 $57,532
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA MSASacramentoCalifornia$92,359 $67,739
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX MSASan AntonioTexas$92,238 $56,565
Greensboro-High Point, NC MSAGreensboroNorth Carolina$92,150 $50,584
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA MSAAtlantaGeorgia$91,801 $53,559
Raleigh-Cary, NC MSARaleighNorth Carolina$91,679 $50,584
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX MSAHoustonTexas$91,089 $56,565
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI MSAMinneapolisMinnesota$91,061 $65,599
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC MSACharlotteNorth Carolina$90,551 $50,584
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA MSAProvidenceRhode Island$89,911 $60,596
Austin-Round Rock, TX MSAAustinTexas$89,686 $56,565
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ MSAAllentonPennsylvania$88,500 $56,907
Columbus, OH MSAColumbusOhio$88,116 $52,334
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA MSAHarrisburgPennsylvania$87,540 $56,907
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA MSADes MoinesIowa$87,240 $56,247
Richmond, VA MSARichmondVirginia$86,855 $68,114
Lexington-Fayette, KY MSALexingtonKentucky$86,400 $46,659
Worcester, MA-CT MSAWorcesterMassachusetts$85,979 $75,297
St. Louis, MO-IL MSASt. LouisMissouri$85,916 $51,746
Akron, OH MSAAkronOhio$85,890 $52,334
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY MSAAlbany New York$85,718 $62,909
Lancaster, PA MSALancasterPennsylvania$85,250 $56,907
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI MSADetroitMichigan$85,234 $52,492
Kansas City, MO-KS MSAKansas CityMissouri$85,016 $51,746
Bakersfield, CA MSABakersfield California$84,999 $67,739
New Haven-Milford, CT MSANew Haven Connecticut$84,630 $73,433
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA MSARiverside California$84,585 $67,739
El Paso, TX MSAEl Paso Texas$83,570 $56,565
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSATampaFlorida$83,550 $50,860
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC MSAVirginia BeachVirginia$83,495 $68,114
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL MSAOrlandoFlorida$83,253 $50,860
Ogden-Clearfield, UT MSAOgdenUtah$83,130 $65,977
Chattanooga, TN-GA MSAChattanoogaTennessee$83,050 $48,547
Winston-Salem, NC MSAWinstonNorth Carolina$83,035 $50,584
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL MSAPalm Bay Florida$82,939 $50,860
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA MSASpokaneWashington$82,480 $67,106
Albuquerque, NM MSAAlbuquerqueNew Mexico$82,165 $46,748
Birmingham-Hoover, AL MSABirmingham Alabama$82,149 $46,257
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN MSACincinnatiOhio$81,657 $52,334
Urban Honolulu, HI MSAHonoluluHawaii$81,621 $74,511
Salt Lake City, UT MSASalt Lake CityUtah$81,369 $65,977
Jacksonville, FL MSAJacksonvilleFlorida$81,324 $50,860
Fresno, CA MSAFresnoCalifornia$81,223 $67,739
Pittsburgh, PA MSAPittsburghPennsylvania$81,157 $56,907
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV MSALas VegasNevada$81,114 $55,180
Colorado Springs, CO MSAColorado SpringsColorado$80,850 $65,685
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL MSALakelandFlorida$80,810 $50,860
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ MSAPhoenixArizona$80,736 $53,558
Boise City, ID MSABoise Idaho$80,600 $51,807
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL MSANorth PortFlorida$80,590 $50,860
Charleston-North Charleston, SC MSACharlestonSouth Carolina$80,240 $49,501
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA MSAOmaha Nebraska$80,013 $56,927
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN MSANashvilleTennessee$79,974 $48,547
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN MSAIndianapolisIndiana$79,893 $52,314
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI MSAMilwaukeeWisconsin$79,409 $56,811
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL MSAMiamiFlorida$78,932 $50,860
Tucson, AZ MSATucsonArizona$78,331 $53,558
Toledo, OH MSAToleoOhio$78,320 $52,334
Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSAMemphisTennessee$76,656 $48,547
Modesto, CA MSAModestoCalifornia$76,420 $67,739
Rochester, NY MSARochesterNew York$75,929 $62,909
Baton Rouge, LA MSABaton RougeLouisiana$75,900 $45,146
Cleveland-Elyria, OH MSAClevelandOhio$75,871 $52,334
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN MSALouisvilleKentucky$75,735 $46,659
Tulsa, OK MSATulsaOklahoma$74,255 $49,176
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY MSABuffaloNew York$73,831 $62,909
Knoxville, TN MSAKnoxvilleTennesee$73,705 $48,547
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSAStocktonCalifornia$73,440 $67,739
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC MSAGreensvilleSouth Carolina$72,603 $49,501
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA MSAScrantonPennsylvania$72,560 $56,907
Wichita, KS MSAWichitaKansas$72,040 $54,935
Oklahoma City, OK MSAOklahoma CityOklahoma$71,825 $49,176
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI MSAGrand RapidsWyoming$71,651 $59,882
Columbia, SC MSAColumbiaSouth Carolina$71,520 $49,501
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO MSAFayettevilleArkansas$71,240 $44,334
Madison, WI MSAMadison Wisconsin$70,360 $56,811
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL MSADaytona BeachFlorida$69,710 $50,860
New Orleans-Metairie, LA MSANew OrleansLouisiana$69,697 $45,146
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR MSALittle RockArkansas$69,310 $44,334
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC MSAAugustaGeorgia$68,570 $53,559
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL MSAFort MyersFlorida$65,290 $50,860
Jackson, MS MSAJacksonMissouri$63,020 $51,746