Find a Job You Really Want In
Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Web Developers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer web developers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where web developers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for web developers.The result is this list of the best cities web developers:
- San Jose, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Framingham, MA
- Austin, TX
- San Francisco, CA
- California, MD
- Columbia, MO
- Dallas, TX
- Durham, NC
- Atlanta, GA
So there you have it — San Jose is the best city when it comes to being a web developer.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a web developer? That would be Salisbury.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for web developers and for more on the top ten cities.
How we determined the best cities to be a web developers?
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
- Availability of jobs
So in order to find out the best cities for web developers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well web developers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
- Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
- Average annual salary.
- Average annual salary for entry level work.
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 258 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 258 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for web developers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for web developers.
1. San Jose, CA
Total Jobs: 2,930
Average Annual Salary: $107,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,320
Location Quotient: 3.14
2. Seattle, WA
Total Jobs: 3,480
Average Annual Salary: $91,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,040
Location Quotient: 2.46
3. Framingham, MA
Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $95,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $57,240
Location Quotient: 1.5
4. Austin, TX
Total Jobs: 1,890
Average Annual Salary: $76,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,220
Location Quotient: 2.21
5. San Francisco, CA
Total Jobs: 3,640
Average Annual Salary: $97,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,810
Location Quotient: 3.87
6. California, MD
Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $86,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,840
Location Quotient: 1.34
7. Columbia, MO
Total Jobs: 190
Average Annual Salary: $63,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,480
Location Quotient: 2.27
8. Dallas, TX
Total Jobs: 2,950
Average Annual Salary: $72,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,220
Location Quotient: 1.37
9. Durham, NC
Total Jobs: 470
Average Annual Salary: $68,430
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,930
Location Quotient: 1.78
10. Atlanta, GA
Total Jobs: 2,450
Average Annual Salary: $80,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,520
Location Quotient: 1.07
And that’s our list of the best cities for web developers
If you’re looking to start out your career as a web developer these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a web developer in America:
Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Web Developers
|1||San Jose, CA||$107,500|
|5||San Francisco, CA||$97,400|
|13||Sioux Falls, SD||$74,940|
|15||Montgomery County, PA||$69,600|
|19||San Rafael, CA||$104,580|
|27||New York, NY||$82,710|
|31||State College, PA||$72,470|
|37||Ann Arbor, MI||$63,370|
|38||Silver Spring, MD||$80,610|
|47||Salt Lake City, UT||$63,930|
|53||Warner Robins, GA||$66,030|
|59||Kansas City, MO||$58,940|
|62||St. Louis, MO||$69,370|
|63||Cedar Rapids, IA||$68,580|
|68||Fort Worth, TX||$69,860|
|69||West Palm Beach, FL||$63,090|
|74||Santa Rosa, CA||$74,220|
|75||Palm Bay, FL||$68,220|
|76||Iowa City, IA||$68,830|
|78||Panama City, FL||$69,160|
|84||Los Angeles, CA||$70,410|
|89||Las Cruces, NM||$61,320|
|96||Baton Rouge, LA||$63,950|
|99||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$53,770|