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Austin tech workers saw the biggest jump in salary last year

Austin tech workers made $202,000 on average, adjusted for cost of living, the highest in the U.S.

Austin, Texas, skyline
The downtown skyline of Austin, Texas, where tech workers are seeing the highest increase in average salaries, according to a report by Hired
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Shirin Ghaffary is a senior Vox correspondent covering the social media industry. Previously, Ghaffary worked at BuzzFeed News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and TechCrunch.

Tech workers in Austin saw the sharpest salary increases, making 7 percent more on average last year than they did the year before, according to new data released today by Hired, a job search marketplace, in their annual State of Global Salaries report.

Workers in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., were close behind Austin, making 6 percent more year on year, while workers in San Francisco saw a 5 percent increase.

Based on gross pay, tech workers on average made the most in San Francisco ($142,000), followed by Seattle ($132,000), New York ($129,000) and Los Angeles ($129,000). But with cost of living adjustments, Austin tech workers made the most at $202,000 per year, followed by Los Angeles and Seattle, both at $182,000.

Average tech salary adjusted for San Francisco cost of living

“A couple of things are happening in Austin: A low cost of living, no income tax, and you already had a tech ecosystem there” said Hired CEO Mehul Patel. All these things, he said, are leading to companies like Facebook, Google and Dropbox investing more in the area and lifting average pay for tech workers.

The report measured pay in 13 different cities and pulled data from 69,000 job seekers on the Hired platform applying for tech worker roles, defined as software engineers, designers, product managers and data analyst positions.

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