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Top 10 Metros Where Tech Salaries Stretch the Furthest

Indeed compared salary data with cost-of-living data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to discover the top ten tech hubs in America where tech salaries go the furthest in 2017.

Top 10 Metros Where Tech Salaries Stretch the Furthest

Charlotte and Atlanta beat out the more traditional tech hubs that round out the top five due to their adjusted salaries coming in much higher than the rest of the list.

Where Tech Salaries Go Furthest (average salary among tech job postings on Indeed)

  1. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, North Carolina/South Carolina
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $101,147
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $108,178

  2. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $100,380
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $104,454

  3. Austin-Round Rock, Texas 
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $103,394
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $103,914

  4. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California 
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $125,233
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $102,734

  5. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $112,387
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $102,730

  6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $126,937
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $102,286

  7. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $101,649
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $101,649

  8. Raleigh, North Carolina
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $96,516
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $100,748

  9. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Michigan
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $97,289
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $100,713

  10. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona
    Average Unadjusted Tech Salary: $97,113
    Salary Adjusted For Cost of Living: $99,910

There are also specialized job titles that make more money in different metros. If you're a software architect, you'll get the most bang for your buck in Sacramento. If you're a back-end developer, try Seattle-Tacoma. Data scientist? Consider Dallas-Fort Worth. 

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