These Are The 10 Best States For Web Developers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Web Developers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as web developers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since web developers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where web developers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for web developers.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s web developers:

  1. Washington
  2. Virginia
  3. Illinois
  4. Georgia
  5. North Carolina
  6. Delaware
  7. Texas
  8. Minnesota
  9. Arizona
  10. Utah

So there you have it — Web Developers is the best of the best when it comes to being a web developer.

How did Web Developers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for web developers and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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How we determined the best states to be a web developer

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
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states 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 2016:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for web developers in California is $82,930 and the average salary in Illinois is $74,960, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for web developers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for web developers.

1. Washington

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,810
Average Annual Salary: $90,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,760
Average Experienced Salary: $144,590
Location Quotient: 1.7

2. Virginia

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,780
Average Annual Salary: $80,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,580
Average Experienced Salary: $125,480
Location Quotient: 1.09

3. Illinois

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,230
Average Annual Salary: $74,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,580
Average Experienced Salary: $117,860
Location Quotient: 0.96

4. Georgia

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,820
Average Annual Salary: $77,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,490
Average Experienced Salary: $122,160
Location Quotient: 0.73

5. North Carolina

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,780
Average Annual Salary: $72,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,530
Average Experienced Salary: $113,560
Location Quotient: 0.97

6. Delaware

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 380
Average Annual Salary: $79,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,180
Average Experienced Salary: $119,320
Location Quotient: 0.93

7. Texas

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,540
Average Annual Salary: $71,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,900
Average Experienced Salary: $109,380
Location Quotient: 0.79

8. Minnesota

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,260
Average Annual Salary: $70,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,980
Average Experienced Salary: $115,180
Location Quotient: 1.26

9. Arizona

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,990
Average Annual Salary: $68,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,180
Average Experienced Salary: $116,350
Location Quotient: 1.22

10. Utah

Best States For Web Developers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,850
Average Annual Salary: $64,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,920
Average Experienced Salary: $101,990
Location Quotient: 1.46

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Web Developer

If you’re looking to start out your career as a web developer these are the states 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 states to be a web developer in America:

  1. Alaska
  2. Louisiana
  3. New Mexico

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For web developers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $90,260 $47,760 4,810
2 Virginia $80,950 $39,580 3,780
3 Illinois $74,960 $37,580 5,230
4 Georgia $77,250 $41,490 2,820
5 North Carolina $72,030 $37,530 3,780
6 Delaware $79,090 $42,180 380
7 Texas $71,140 $35,900 8,540
8 Minnesota $70,610 $36,980 3,260
9 Arizona $68,750 $34,180 2,990
10 Utah $64,420 $31,920 1,850
11 Michigan $64,170 $36,510 2,630
12 Kansas $58,510 $38,290 990
13 Missouri $61,150 $34,350 1,710
14 Pennsylvania $67,360 $36,510 4,900
15 Indiana $59,080 $32,100 1,730
16 Tennessee $59,660 $32,630 1,650
17 Mississippi $59,270 $33,310 380
18 Nebraska $59,810 $31,560 770
19 Florida $62,320 $34,260 7,740
20 Colorado $64,510 $34,760 2,780
21 New York $81,140 $41,430 11,410
22 South Carolina $65,760 $33,120 910
23 South Dakota $64,090 $37,590 300
24 California $82,930 $36,390 22,650
25 Ohio $59,950 $32,890 3,130
26 Kentucky $57,370 $33,060 970
27 Massachusetts $79,040 $44,080 4,030
28 Iowa $55,580 $28,570 990
29 Arkansas $57,590 $25,930 610
30 Wyoming $65,530 $32,760 130
31 North Dakota $60,100 $38,080 210
32 New Jersey $73,610 $39,920 2,570
33 Oregon $64,300 $36,270 3,010
34 Vermont $65,930 $34,210 560
35 Alabama $58,770 $28,720 550
36 Connecticut $73,970 $40,420 1,210
37 Maryland $66,720 $29,590 4,020
38 Idaho $48,900 $19,370 860
39 Oklahoma $53,430 $30,080 780
40 New Hampshire $64,040 $35,030 600
41 Nevada $60,610 $33,110 780
42 Wisconsin $51,960 $28,470 2,700
43 Maine $63,950 $35,230 300
44 Montana $43,610 $20,270 450
45 West Virginia $49,600 $31,440 260
46 New Mexico $55,680 $27,860 300
47 Louisiana $52,620 $19,690 480
48 Alaska $57,110 $32,680 130

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