Seattle Provides Top Incomes for Tech Professionals

The technology industry has been considered one of the best industries for finding a job for the past decade. Ever since the recovery from the bubble bursting, the tech industry has been improving and growing at a steady rate. Analysts, software developers, and other tech professionals are frequently sought by startups, established internet-based companies, and even traditional Fortune 500 firms.


While most people consider the Silicon Valley area of Northern California to be the epicenter of the tech industry, there are actually several other major cities located across the country that could provide more professional opportunities. A recent report ( has found that there are several large cities in the country that are competing for the best option for tech professionals in all stages of their careers.


According to the new study, the best city for those looking to enter the tech industry could be Seattle, WA. While Seattle has been known for its tech industry due to Microsoft and other software companies, it has taken a back seat over the past decade. However, that appears to be changing as it now boasts the highest starting salaries for software engineers (average starting salary of $100,000), quality analysts (average starting salary of $87,000), and data analysts (average starting salary of $73,000).


Overall, San Francisco and San Jose boast the highest starting salaries in the tech industry with a starting salary between $110,000 and $115,000. However, the city also is well known for having very high costs of living. When adjusted for costs of living, this market is ranked third behind Seattle and Austin, TX, with Austin having the highest salary when adjusted for cost of living. Some of the other cities located across the country that have high adjusted salaries for tech professionals include Chicago, Dallas, Boston, New York, Denver, and Minneapolis. While starting salary is an important indicator, it is also important that professionals consider the amount of opportunities in the city as well as the strength of the companies headquartered in the area.