These are the Best and Worst Cities for Tech Jobs in 2019

Looking for a job in tech? Atlanta and Seattle are your best metro areas for such jobs, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) surfaced by AgileCraft.

Atlanta employed 947.79 tech pros per 100,000 people, topping this list. Sure, 0.95 percent of new hires may not seem like a lot, but it’s tops among U.S. cities!

Unfortunately, our most recent Salary Survey shows Atlanta tech pros earn $85,920 per year, notably below the national average for tech pros (which is $93,244 annually). On a happier note, the cost of living adjustment is a positive one, stretching an Atlanta salary to the equivalent of $89,222.

Seattle is second on the list of top cities for tech pros in need of a job, with 814.77 tech-sector jobs per 100,000 new hires. Though its cost of living is steep, Seattle residents still pull down a not-shabby adjusted salary of $95,076 (based on an average income of $105,059).

Third on the BLS list is Salt Lake City, which didn’t make it into the top slots of the Salary Survey; fifth-place Hartford is the same story. In fourth place is Minneapolis, where 691.87 new hires (per 100,000) are tech pros. If you’re worried about the cold, know that Minneapolis tops our list for adjusted cost of living income at $100,949, and is fourth for average gross tech pro income (with $103,271 annually). That should warm you right up.

It’s not all hiring sprees and great earnings across the country, though. Some cities just don’t quite do it for tech pros. Topping the “worst” list is Tucson, where only 42.38 per 100,000 new hires are in tech. (The footnote to this data-point is that Tucson just doesn’t have a large tech community, so we’re apt to give it a pass on this one.)

Jacksonville ranks second-worst for tech, where only 50.67 per 100,00 new hires are tech pros. As with Tucson, Jacksonville simply doesn’t register in our Salary Survey, which is a strong indicator we simply didn’t have enough respondents in those metro areas, which suggests there simply aren’t robust tech communities there. Jacksonville is also in the middle of a vacuum; it’s nearly equidistant from Atlanta and Miami, two cities with significant tech-company presences.

A surprise third-worst is Washington D.C. Only 57.51 of every 100,000 new hires here are in tech. While our Salary Survey cobbles together Washington D.C. and Baltimore, we did find the average tech pro earning here is $101,235 annually, with 1.3 percent earnings growth. (A bump in overall earnings is often congruous with a boost in hiring, but not in Washington D.C.) We’ll also point out this area has one of the sharpest declines for earnings versus cost of living adjustment; your six-figure salary here drops to $85,000 when cost of living is factored in.

We’ll also point out this is an overall look at tech jobs, not one unique discipline or role, so these numbers will have some variation depending on your desired job. Still, this data is a good indicator of which tech hubs are the strongest, which are growing, and which have either reached a natural capacity for tech jobs or are shrinking away.