The Latest on Tech Salaries in the U.S.

Hanna Walther, Ytel |  

Good news if you’re a technology worker or planning to be one: Average salaries in the U.S. jumped 7.7% to $96,370 annually, according to the annual salary survey by Dice, a careers site for tech professionals. Salaries in seven metro areas hit the six-figure mark for the first time since the survey started more than a decade ago. US Tech Salaries by State

Good news if you’re a technology worker or planning to be one: Average salaries in the U.S. jumped 7.7% to $96,370 annually, according to the annual salary survey by Dice, a careers site for tech professionals. Salaries in seven metro areas hit the six-figure mark for the first time since the survey started more than a decade ago. US Tech Salaries by State

This article was originally shared on Fast Company.

Tech jobs have been fairly solid since before the recession. According to the Dice report, the trend continues as the majority (62%) of respondents reported earning more money in 2015.

SATISFACTION NOT GUARANTEED

Melk says that tech pros appear to be a bit more satisfied with their salaries than last year. Fifty-three percent reported contentment with their compensation, a 1% increase over those surveyed in 2014.Part of the satisfaction could be due to confidence in job prospects. Sixty-seven percent of survey respondents claimed they’d be able to land in a good spot if they chose to change employers.

That said, more than one-third (39%) said they would cast the net to see what positions were available in 2016. An earlier Dice survey found that as many as 50% would move to another city, and 52% would relocate to a different state or region.

SIX-FIGURE SALARIES IN TOP CITIES

Where might a hungry tech professional head next? Quite possibly to a metro area with higher-than-average salaries. It’s no surprise that Silicon Valley’s tech workers already passed the six-figure mark. Dice reports that it’s the top-earning market in the country (with a cost of living to match). Others aren’t so easily pegged as tech hives:
  • Baltimore/Washington, D.C. $102,873 (5% increase in average salary for 2015)
  • Minneapolis $100,379 (9% increase in average salary for 2015)
  • Portland, Oregon $100,309 (10% increase in average salary for 2015)

TOP PAYING SKILLS

"As more businesses look to build out their tech infrastructures, employers need solutions to securely store, manage, and process large sets of data," Dice’s Melk notes. That’s why 2015’s highest earners include professionals skilled in analyzing big data or have cloud expertise.

Other skills such as HANA (database) and Puppet (programming language) made the list for the first time. Here's the full list of skills that commanded the highest salaries:

Tech Skills That Pay the Best 

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Hanna Walther, Ytel

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Hanna manages Ytel's Communications strategy and has worked in Marketing for five years. She has a Master's in Communications and is passionate about connecting customers and businesses by building authentic relationships online.


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