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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 4,810
Average Annual Salary: $90,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,760
Average Experienced Salary: $144,590
Location Quotient: 1.7
Total Jobs: 3,780
Average Annual Salary: $80,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,580
Average Experienced Salary: $125,480
Location Quotient: 1.09
Total Jobs: 5,230
Average Annual Salary: $74,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,580
Average Experienced Salary: $117,860
Location Quotient: 0.96
Total Jobs: 2,820
Average Annual Salary: $77,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,490
Average Experienced Salary: $122,160
Location Quotient: 0.73
Total Jobs: 3,780
Average Annual Salary: $72,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,530
Average Experienced Salary: $113,560
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 380
Average Annual Salary: $79,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,180
Average Experienced Salary: $119,320
Location Quotient: 0.93
Total Jobs: 8,540
Average Annual Salary: $71,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,900
Average Experienced Salary: $109,380
Location Quotient: 0.79
Total Jobs: 3,260
Average Annual Salary: $70,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,980
Average Experienced Salary: $115,180
Location Quotient: 1.26
Total Jobs: 2,990
Average Annual Salary: $68,750
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,180
Average Experienced Salary: $116,350
Location Quotient: 1.22
Total Jobs: 1,850
Average Annual Salary: $64,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,920
Average Experienced Salary: $101,990
Location Quotient: 1.46
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.
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