15 U.S. Tech Cities

15 U.S. Tech Cities


Over 700 tech organizations call this Seattle, Washington home. Over 700 tech organizations call this Seattle, Washington home. There are cities that are well-known epicenters for tech opportunities, San Francisco and NYC are two of the top thriving cities. However, if you are looking for a job/place to live that offers more, check out this list before sending out your resume.

1. San Francisco
Average salary: $118,518. Largest sector of employment: computer systems design. Well-known employers: Salesforce.com and Genentech.

2. Boston
Average salary: $97,288. Most well known for biotech and software industries as well as resources from MIT and Harvard. Largest sector of employment: computer systems design. Well-known employer: Mass General Hospital.

3. Austin
Average salary: $93,135 but housing is a little steep. Largest sector of employment: electronic components manufacturing. Well-known employer: Dell.

4. Seattle
Average salary: $99,493. Over 700 tech orgs call this city home. Largest sector of employment: software publishers. Well-known employers: Microsoft and TMobile.

5. Washington, DC
Average salary: $98,323. Clearly home to governmental tech companies. Well-known (non-governmental) employer: Sprint.

6. Houston
Average salary: $89,838. Largest sector of employment: engineering services. Well-known employers: ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell.

7. Sacramento
Average salary: $96,788. Largest sector of employment: telecommunications services. Well-known employers: Intel and HP.

8. Los Angeles
Average salary: $95,345. Largest sector of employment: defense electronics manufacturing. Well-known employers: Northrop Grumman, Activision, News Corporation and MySpace.

9. Denver
Average salary: $94,940. Largest sector of employment: telecommunications services. Well-known employer: Qwest Communications International.

10. San Diego
Average salary: $94,121. Largest sector of employment: R&D and testing labs. Well-known employer: Qualcomm.

11. St. Louis
Average salary: $93,829 a 23.1% increase since last year with still affordable housing. Largest sector of employment: computer systems design. Well-known employer: Charter.

12. Philadelphia
Average salary: $90,571. Largest sector of employment: computer systems design. Well-known employer: Comcast.

13. Portland
Average salary: $78,958. Largest sector of employment: semiconductor manufacturing. Well-known employer: Intel.

14. New York
Average salary: $91,451. Largest sector of employment: computer systems design. Well-known employers: InterActiveCorp, Google and Verizon.

15. Indianapolis
Average salary: $63,863. Aggressive IT industry employment growth from 2001-13 50.4%. Largest sector of employment: computer systems design. Well-known employer Eli Lilly.