2015 Salary: $98,672
Year-Over-Year Change from 2014: 5.9 percent
The rise of the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) conference has rendered Austin synonymous with innovation, but the city is much more than just a single event. Google, Amazon, Apple, Dell, and Oracle have all established outposts here, while startups have a continual need for developers (particularly mobile developers), Big Data experts, and UI pros. That demand, in turn, has helped spike salaries.