10 cities with the best IT salaries

10 cities with the best IT salaries

There's plenty of life beyond the coastal tech meccas: Factoring in not only salaries but also cost of living, job growth, and career opportunities yields a geographically dispersed list

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January 08, 2019

6. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Median IT salary: $84,614

Five- year anticipated job growth: 10 percent

Cost of living: 1.3 percent lower than national average

The second entrant from the Lone Star State, DFW is known to have one of the largest tech workforces in the southern half of the U.S. More than 40 Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered here, with employers including JP Morgan Chase, Citi, Lockheed Martin, and others listing more than 100,000 IT openings in the previous year. A lower-than-average cost of living, as well as the lack of a state income tax, will stretch paychecks.

7. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

Median IT salary: $109,741

Five- year anticipated job growth: 11 percent

Cost of living: 19.9 percent higher than national average

Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks might be the first companies that spring to mind, but a number of enterprise software companies are located in the SEA-TAC area, including Tableau, Oracle, and SAP. Career stability, high salaries, and job opportunity (67,579 listings) are all draws, as are access to the ocean, mountains, and evergreen forests during downtime.

8. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

Median IT salary: $90,958

Five- year anticipated job growth: 11 percent

Cost of living: 13.7 percent higher than national average

The mile-high city has more than 20,000 acres of green space and 50,000 tech job postings in a year. A rock-bottom unemployment rate, particularly in IT, means greater demand for professionals like IT engineers and software developers.

9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Median IT salary: $82,077

Five- year anticipated job growth: 6 percent

Cost of living: 3.9 percent lower than national average

Despite its population growth, Atlanta remains one of the more affordable tech-centric cities. And IT job opportunities abound – some 76,000 in the previous year, thanks in part to tax incentives to foster technology industry growth. As CompTIA points out, ATL is also a huge air travel hub, with 83 percent of U.S. cities less than two hours away by plane.

10. Huntsville, AL

Median IT salary: $91,998

Five- year anticipated job growth: 4 percent

Cost of living: 3.3 percent lower than national average

IT professionals seeking the most bang for their buck should head to northern Alabama, just shy of the Tennessee border. Huntsville’s combination of median salaries of more than $90,000 and a low cost of living is a primary draw. Space and aviation have long fueled the local tech sector and big IT employers include Jacobs Engineering Group, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.

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