What's your idea of a tech job paradise? Maybe you want a high salary. Maybe you have a long list of criteria, like Amazon. In 2019 the tech industry is booming but cities are head and shoulders above the rest as far as job availability and salary. The cities on our list all have adjusted average tech salaries around the $80 - 110k range, so they are a great place to start your search.
Seattle is ranked at the top because tech employees make up over 40% of the office workforce in the City. In addition, the cost of living is relatively low especially considering the fact that you could land a job at one of the most valuable companies in the world. The city is home to several world-class employers, including a few that you may have heard of before:
Silicon Valley's name is synonymous with technology and innovation, and it is still the one of the best places to go for tech. The salaries and perks from the top tech firms and hot startups are high enough to counterbalance the high cost of living — and then some. The valley is a big place, so here are some of the biggest players. You may have also heard of a few of these:
- Apple in Cupertino
- AMD in Sunnyvale
- Lockheed Martin ATC in Palo Alto
- Hewlett-Packard, also in Palo Alto
- Netflix in Los Gatos
- Facebook in Menlo Park
- Cisco in San Jose
- Alphabet in Mountain View
You might think that almost every major technology company in the world has its headquarters in Silicon Valley from this list. However, keep reading and you will see that there are some big players in some of the other cities.
Washington D.C. and Baltimore are havens for women in the tech industry. There's a leading combination of high involvement, low pay gap and high income.
When you think about it, it's pretty obvious why Baltimore and DC are centers for tech employment. After all, the federal government needs a lot of numbers crunched. Cybersecurity startups are big business around the nation's capital. There's also major enterprise: Appian and Digital Management are both examples of the large companies that flourish here.
Believe it or not, Minneapolis is the city you want for a thriving tech startup scene. In terms of living space, you have the potential to get a lot of condo right downtown for a fraction of what you would pay in the coastal cities.
Minneapolis has a significant Amazon presence. You may also want to check out some of the startups, such as health-insurance-related services Gravie and TrustedChoice.com.
5. San Diego
San Diego is transforming into yet another California tech center. The reputation may not be as glamorous as some of the other big tech cities, but the average tech salaries here are over six figures.
The interesting thing is that San Diego certainly doesn't lack when it comes to tech names. Here are few of the more notable options:
Boston is a good area for tech salaries, along the lines of what people earn in San Diego. The cost of living is a little lower than Silicon Valley and New York, so you'll be able to enjoy a bit more of your earnings.
Boston is a hotbed of startups, and some of them have gotten pretty big. Here are some notable employers:
- Peapod Digital Labs
Portland has a favorable position in the tech industry with a ten-percent-plus salary increase year over year. You would be taking home around 100,000 in adjusted salary, on average.
Portland's silicon forest has thousands of tech jobs open, by some estimates. Here's who's hiring:
You can probably expect Tampa to place higher on this list next year. The lower cost of living, high salaries and burgeoning tech scene make it the stand out even considering the tech boom in the area.
There are many startups here, and also quite a few big employers. Check out the following for big-corporation tech opportunities:
- JP Morgan Chase
New Yorkers benefit from a thriving tech freelance scene. However, buying in Manhattan may not be as accessible as inland city centers, and the cost of living is high. Amazon's decision to pull out of the proposed Queens HQ2 also accounts for NYC's low rank.
NYC is a great place for tech work in general, so keep an eye out for opportunities in any of the major worldwide companies with offices in the city. There are also pure tech options, such as StackOverflow.
Denver, Colorado, is a long-standing tech job center for the region. A hip art scene, tons of nature and vibrant nightlife downtown all make it a great place to spend your high salary you could earn here as a tech worker.
Denver even has a neighborhood named after tech: the DTC. Here are a few of the big names in the city:
- Agilent Technologies
Denver for nature, Tampa for sun and NYC for, well, NYC: There's something to love everywhere. Of course, the high average adjusted incomes of these ten cities also sweeten the deal. Choose one, and start your condo home search today.