When you adjust for cost of living, IT workers often earn more money in smaller cities than in major technology hubs.
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When deciding whether to relocate to a particular city, IT workers have a lot of factors to consider.
For example, many technology professionals prefer to move to areas where the number of available tech jobs is growing rapidly. That way, even if they lose their current job, they have a good chance of finding another one in the same city. With that concern in mind, InformationWeek recently put together a slideshow that evaluated major metropolitan areas in the U.S. in terms of tech job growth.
Of course, salary is also a major part of the equation for tech professionals considering whether or not to move.
However, salary comparisons can be tricky. Some large technology hubs offer very high salaries, but housing and transportation costs in those areas also tend to be very high. In some cases, the cost of living might be so exorbitant, that it completely negates the effect of earning a larger salary.
To help job seekers make more informed decisions, employment website Indeed.com recently conducted an analysis of Where Tech Salaries Go Furthest. Using data from actual job postings on Indeed.com, the report identified the metropolitan areas that offer the highest average tech salaries, and then it adjusted those salaries based on the cost of living in each city.
While the list does include some of the best-known tech hubs, the places at the very top of the list might surprise you.
Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio
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