WaPo has reported on the annual salaries of U.S. tech workers in various towns and cities across the U.S.:
Much has been made in recent years about the exorbitant cost of living in tech meccas like San Jose and Silicon Valley and rightfully so.
The horror stories — from paying $750 a month to occupy a poltergeist-ridden attic or $400 to live inside a wooden box — are well documented and often mesmerizing.
Perhaps the only positive byproduct of the Bay Area’s absurdly high living costs is that it’s forcing talented techies to look elsewhere for work, sprinkling the rest of the country with intellectual seedlings that are starting to blossom. That’s one of the major takeaways from a recent Business.org study comparing the salaries of tech workers in cities across the country.
San Jose and San Francisco still remain the top spots on the site’s list of best-paying cities for techies in 2019, according to the business research organization. But the study reveals that smaller metro areas — cities like Provo, Utah, and Omaha, Neb., — are becoming mini tech hubs where tech workers can find salaries that are double, sometimes triple, the average salary of the state.