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10 Cities Where Your IT Pay Is Worth The Most

Big paychecks are nice, but in some cities they only let you keep pace with the cost of living. In honor of Labor Day, we're highlighting the US metro areas that allow you to stretch your IT paycheck the farthest.
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9. Austin, TX
Cost of Living Index: 98.5
Software Engineer average salary: $93,931
What it's worth here: $95,362
Program Analyst average salary: $71,619
What it's worth here: $72,710
Systems Administrator average salary: $61,571
What it's worth here: $62,509
(Image: Ed Schipul via Wikipedia)

9. Austin, TX

Cost of Living Index: 98.5

Software Engineer average salary: $93,931

What it's worth here: $95,362

Program Analyst average salary: $71,619

What it's worth here: $72,710

Systems Administrator average salary: $61,571

What it's worth here: $62,509

(Image: Ed Schipul via Wikipedia)

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9/16/2015 | 5:31:14 PM
Re: Boston, Really?
@kstaron- they used data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. https://www.glassdoor.com/research/real-value-of-salaries/
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9/16/2015 | 5:30:18 PM
Re: Boston, Really?
@kstaron- they used data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. https://www.glassdoor.com/research/real-value-of-salaries/
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9/15/2015 | 12:50:17 PM
Re: Maybe remove the numbers?
@GAPprogrammer- Well, the issue is that there are three common jobs listed there and no city is the same for every job. We chose to list them in order of bang for the buck for one of those jobs (software engineer) rather than average the three jobs or something. 

So, you really do get your best bang for your buck working in Seattle as a software engineer. Even though it is expensive you get paid more as well. Each job title was different, but we chose software engineer because it is the most common IT job. 

We put the other data there to compare it with. 
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9/15/2015 | 12:44:07 PM
Re: Getting the Most for Your Pay
@pedro- I think there is always a lag between the economic realities and salaries. I would assume as we revisit this data you'll see companies in cities with less value need to step up their salary game. 
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9/15/2015 | 12:42:34 PM
Re: Getting the Most for Your Pay
@jastroff- Yes, one of the most interesting parts of this survey is that being "number 1" in one area didn't make yo number one in all of them. St. Louis seemed like the best mix of all three jobs. i never really think of St. Louis as a tech center so that's interesting. I guess it takes a lot of tech to sell beer. 
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