2015 Salary: $118,243
Year-Over-Year Change from 2014: 5.0 percent
Silicon Valley continues to add tens of thousands of jobs every quarter, as startups and tech giants implement aggressive plans for growth. That continual need for talent has put considerable pressure on the housing market, with prices in the Bay Area skyrocketing. It’s also led to steady salary increases, as companies fight to secure the best talent in technology segments ranging from e-commerce and database administration to artificial intelligence and self-driving cars.
Like many of the geographic areas in this list, Silicon Valley boasts several key attributes for growth, including amenities, innovation cultivators (i.e., accelerators and V.C. incubators), universities (which pipeline talent to companies), established tech companies, and an abundance of office space and transportation options.
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