Top States for Technology Salaries

Virginia

2016 salary: $99,835
Year-over-year change: -0.7 percent

Washington, D.C.

2016 salary: $96,645
Year-over-year change: 2.0 percent

Last September’s Dice Report found that sizable numbers of tech pros migrated regularly between Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. All three states constitute an enormous tech hub, thanks to firms that serve the federal government, and area tech pros are often willing to move a few miles across state lines to pursue a new opportunity.

In Virginia itself, the tech infrastructure (and the need for tech pros who can support it) is enormous; a substantial portion of the world’s Internet traffic routes through the state’s datacenters. Job opportunities abound, especially for those who live in the Dulles Technology Corridor, where huge firms are a short drive away. If you’re willing to put up with the traffic, D.C. is also easily reachable for many who live in Maryland and Virginia.

New Jersey

2016 salary: $99,197
Year-over-year change: 0.2 percent

New Jersey is the proud home of startups such as Boxed (based in Edison, NJ). Its proximity to New York City also opens it to venture capital and tech talent.

Minnesota

2016 salary: $99,062
Year-over-year change: 0.5 percent

Minnesota cities such as Minneapolis-Saint Paul have spent the past few years drawing in startups and major corporations (Optum and 3M, for example, call the state home). As with other Midwestern cities, officials here cite the low cost of living as a reason for tech pros to migrate here; certainly the high average salaries also helps with that argument.

New York

2016 salary: $96,801
Year-over-year change: -2.9 percent

While New York City continues to boast about the dominance of “Silicon Alley,” the state government has struggled to turn other cities into tech hubs. A few years ago, the Start-Up NY program aimed to place businesses close to local universities and colleges producing STEM grads, but the job results were ultimately mixed.

Incidents like that aside, New York continues to attract established tech firms and a host of startups. The high salaries reflect the continuing need for tech pros skilled in a variety of technologies, including Big Data, mobile, and artificial intelligence.

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