2016 salary: $96,521
Year-over-year change: -4.1 percent
As the longtime home of Amazon and Microsoft, Washington state has senior status among tech hubs. With its big pools of VC money and tech talent, it also continues to pull in startups and branch offices of established firms.
2016 salary: $96,018
Year-over-year change: 0.1 percent
Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs all have a high rate of startups per capita. As a state, Colorado boasts a highly educated workforce, a noted university system, and the presence of established industries such as aerospace and defense—making it a suitable home for many tech companies.