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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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9. Detroit, Mich.
Average Tech Salary: $97,289
Average Tech Salary Adjusted for Cost of Living: $100,713
Detroit's extremely low housing prices help tech workers stretch their earnings particularly far; the median home price in the motor city is just $42,600. And this metro area came in number three on the list of areas with the fastest software job growth, thanks in part to auto manufacturers' efforts to integrate more technology into vehicles and attempts to build driverless cars. CompTIA says Detroit had 142,212 tech jobs with 19,661 open positions in the fourth quarter of 2016. And according to Indeed.com, it also is the city that offers the highest average adjusted salaries for product managers — $129,400. Not surprisingly, the companies looking to hire IT workers in Detroit include all the "Big Three" automakers — FCA Group (Fiat Chrysler), General Motors and Ford — as well as Quicken Loans, ASG Renaissance, CSL Behring, ZF TRW, Suneratech, Trinity Health and CSL Plasma.
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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