The Top Tech Salaries in 100 US Cities: 2019


Silicon Valley might be the original site of the tech boom, but in the immortal words of the mortal Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changin.” If you really want to get paid in the tech world, the Bay Area still has a place for you, but Business.org’s most recent study shows you’ll make even more money on your dollar if you head to one of America’s newer tech hubs.

Take Orem, Utah, a growing Salt Lake City suburb with a population hovering just under 100,000. The average tech salary in the city is over $87,000—which is a whopping 83% above the average salary in the area. And while $87k is less than the $118k you’d make as a tech worker in San Jose, your cost of living is drastically different. BestPlaces.net puts San Jose’s cost of living at 128.9% higher than Orem’s, with the median home cost 278% pricier.1

Not sure you want to put down roots in Utah County’s so-called Silicon Slopes? That’s okay; Business.org has 99 other metro areas for you to look at. While San Jose and San Francisco still score top spots on our list of best-paying cities for techies in 2019, cities from Akron, Ohio, to Atlanta, Georgia, take a place too. And with the differences in costs of living, you might find that a move away from Silicon Valley is exactly the raise you’ve been looking for.

How we found our rankings

At Business.org, we produced this same report for 2018, but we wanted to revisit and update our findings to give you the most accurate information for 2019. To choose our top cities, we looked at 100 metro areas across the US and pulled the most recent available data (primarily from the Bureau of Labor Statistics) on their tech salaries. We compared the average salaries in each metro, and voilà: our list was born.

We considered salary data on basically any job in the computer and mathematical science industries you can think of: computer and information research scientist, computer systems analyst, information security analyst, computer programmer, software developer, web developer, database administrator, network and computer systems administrator, computer network architect, computer user support specialist, computer network support specialist, actuary, mathematician, operations research analyst, statisticians . . . and every other job under the tech umbrella.

Some other fascinating finds:

  • Nationwide, tech salaries are an average of 66% higher than other occupations.
  • The highest percentage of tech salary growth was in El Paso, Texas, where tech wages grew by 11.09%—from $65k to $73k. The average salary for other occupations in the area is $39k.
  • In contrast with El Paso, tech wages in Chicago decreased by 10.89%, from $93k to $82k. Tech workers are still winning big in Chicago, though; the average salary for other occupations in the area is $55k.
  • The area with the greatest salary difference between tech and other occupations is Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Techies average $87k, which is 87% higher than the area average of $45k.
  • The area with the smallest salary difference between tech and other occupations is Rochester, New York. Techies in Rochester make $68k, or just 35% more than the general average of $50k. Tech salaries in Rochester also dropped this year; last year they were up to $75k, which means there was a 9.44% decrease.
MetrosState2018 avg tech salary% change from 2017All occupations avg. salary2018 tech vs. 2018 all occupations
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CACA$117,7014.38%$80,480 46%
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CACA$113,6290.49%$72,400 57%
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WAWA$111,1105.68%$65,400 70%
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PANY$108,6083.11%$64,550 68%
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WVDC$105,019-1.60%$70,980 48%
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MDMD$102,0464.73%$57,740 77%
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CTCT$100,473-4.89%$68,590 46%
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NHMA$100,3291.83%$67,370 49%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TXTX$98,2374.63%$52,590 87%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CACA$96,8283.55%$57,890 67%
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CTCT$96,6181.72%$60,820 59%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MDPA$95,2820.65%$56,170 70%
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CACA$95,2623.14%$56,430 69%
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SCNC$94,2174.05%$51,000 85%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GAGA$94,0702.47%$52,750 78%
San Diego-Carlsbad, CACA$92,535-6.27%$58,090 59%
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WIMN$92,4091.48%$57,420 61%
Raleigh, NCNC$92,3490.73%$52,580 76%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NCNC$92,0801.43%$59,940 54%
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WAOR$91,2943.22%$56,160 63%
Colorado Springs, COCO$90,4050.89%$51,430 76%
Providence-Warwick, RI-MARI$90,0350.14%$53,730 68%
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, COCO$89,846-4.37%$59,440 51%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CACA$89,3285.61%$49,100 82%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TXTX$89,121-2.16%$54,290 64%
Columbus, OHOH$89,0851.10%$51,260 74%
Richmond, VAVA$88,8882.34%$51,330 73%
Worcester, MA-CTMA$88,3462.75%$54,240 63%
Santa Rosa, CACA$87,935-0.41%$55,290 59%
Winston-Salem, NCNC$87,8023.66%$45,850 91%
Springfield, MA-CTMA$87,4432.60%$52,540 66%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TXTX$87,331-5.32%$46,650 87%
Provo-Orem, UTUT$87,3148.85%$47,610 83%
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NYNY$86,7921.25%$54,400 60%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FLFL$86,2923.28%$47,750 81%
Syracuse, NYNY$86,2563.29%$51,400 68%
New Haven, CTCT$86,1917.77%$57,920 49%
Austin-Round Rock, TXTX$86,136-3.96%$53,810 60%
Bakersfield, CACA$86,0981.29%$49,450 74%
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MIMI$86,0941.01%$53,690 60%
St. Louis, MO-ILMO$85,606-0.36%$50,250 70%
Albuquerque, NMNM$85,5614.13%$46,860 83%
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CACA$85,503-7.08%$54,400 57%
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NCVA$85,1992.04%$48,450 76%
Birmingham-Hoover, ALAL$85,1603.67%$47,480 79%
Dayton, OHOH$85,1033.87%$50,100 70%
Kansas City, MO-KSMO$84,576-0.52%$50,200 68%
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FLFL$84,2161.54%$48,940 72%
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WIWI$84,0745.87%$51,040 65%
Cincinnati, OH-KY-INOH$84,0642.95%$50,030 68%
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FLFL$83,6540.48%$44,930 86%
Urban Honolulu, HIHI$83,5232.33%$54,870 52%
Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TNTN$83,2699.86%$48,370 72%
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZAZ$82,9912.79%$50,520 64%
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WIIL$82,974-10.89%$55,670 49%
Stockton-Lodi, CACA$82,9230.27%$48,980 69%
Greensboro-High Point, NCNC$82,8260.51%$44,570 86%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FLFL$82,0924.00%$48,240 70%
Salt Lake City, UTUT$82,0360.82%$50,920 61%
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, ININ$82,0332.68%$49,380 66%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJPA$81,9341.55%$47,580 72%
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NVNV$81,7690.81%$45,600 79%
Cleveland-Elyria, OHOH$81,2097.03%$50,470 61%
Jacksonville, FLFL$81,145-0.22%$46,920 73%
Madison, WIWI$80,9733.97%$52,890 53%
Fresno, CACA$80,937-0.35%$47,340 71%
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IANE$80,1270.14%$48,690 65%
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PAPA$79,8682.49%$49,540 61%
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WAWA$79,7863.42%$49,200 62%
Charleston-North Charleston, SCSC$79,5831.76%$46,200 72%
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NYNY$78,6116.47%$49,420 59%
Tucson, AZAZ$78,5590.29%$47,610 65%
Ogden-Clearfield, UTUT$78,395-4.14%$46,090 70%
Memphis, TN-MS-ARTN$78,3582.22%$44,610 76%
Pittsburgh, PAPA$78,179-3.67%$50,070 56%
Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SCGA$78,0057.23%$44,980 73%
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-INKY$77,4492.26%$45,740 69%
Akron, OHOH$76,707-2.46%$48,910 57%
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IAIA$76,529-2.26%$52,220 47%
Knoxville, TNTN$76,5213.82%$45,130 70%
Modesto, CACA$75,9880.25%$47,000 62%
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SCSC$75,0943.43%$43,960 71%
New Orleans-Metairie, LALA$74,8727.43%$44,860 67%
Wichita, KSKS$74,778-0.42%$44,500 68%
Oklahoma City, OKOK$74,6713.96%$47,120 58%
Chattanooga, TN-GATN$74,418-2.32%$43,890 70%
Lancaster, PAPA$74,2051.55%$44,960 65%
Tulsa, OKOK$73,904-0.47%$46,170 60%
Columbia, SCSC$73,8550.92%$44,680 65%
Toledo, OHOH$73,5957.03%$45,520 62%
El Paso, TXTX$73,06611.09%$39,100 87%
Jackson, MSMS$73,001-2.14%$43,180 69%
Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PAPA$72,4497.50%$43,010 68%
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MIMI$72,2230.80%$45,670 58%
Boise City, IDID$72,0703.55%$45,470 59%
Lexington-Fayette, KYKY$71,457-0.19%$44,900 59%
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, ARAR$71,361-1.17%$45,020 59%
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MOAR$70,9780.47%$46,470 53%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FLFL$70,4632.76%$43,000 64%
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FLFL$70,3324.66%$42,090 67%
Baton Rouge, LALA$69,2122.65%$45,200 53%
Rochester, NYNY$68,759-9.44%$50,830 35%
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FLFL$66,162-10.47%$44,230 50%
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FLFL$63,977-4.58%$39,790 61%

Do you love what you’re making in your current city? Have you thought about moving to boost your salary—or have you already moved and seen it pay off? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments section!

Sources
1. BestPlaces.net, “2019 Cost of Living Calculator: Orem, Utah vs San Jose, California