Let’s say you’re a tech professional in one of the country’s most expensive metro areas—San Francisco, for example, or New York City. You’re willing to move someplace that offers a lower cost of living, as well as the possibility of affordable housing larger than a shoebox. But where should you go?
Every state and city comes with a unique mix of drawbacks and perks, but one factor to consider is the year-over-year growth (or decline) in salaries for tech professionals, which can hint at the robustness (or weakness) of the local technology economy.
The following states enjoyed the most growth in 2015, according to the latest Dice Salary Survey. (Some states with notably high growth percentages—most notably Alaska, North Dakota, and Hawaii—didn’t receive enough responses to be statistically significant, and were left off the following list).
First up is…
Year-over-Year Growth: 19.8 percent
2015 Salary: $87,212
Kansas is no slouch when it comes to attracting tech talent. An October 2015 analysis by Dice showed a notable increase in the state’s technology-job postings. While Kansas City might not be a tech hub on the scale of Silicon Valley, the companies that call it home have a need for app builders, Big Data experts, and other tech pros. Plus a handful of cities and suburbs throughout the state enjoy access to Google Fiber—and who doesn’t love ultra-high-speed Internet, especially broadband-hungry tech firms?