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20 top city markets for software, data and security pros
Charlotte, Raleigh, Austin and San Jose are the leaders in the top hiring markets for tech workers heading into 2019. Here's a look at what the top 20 markets pay, how many IT jobs have been created and expected job growth through 2023.
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Where the best hiring markets are for IT and data professionals
Software, data and IT security professionals are in especially high demand in the job market, a fact that is pushing up salaries and benefit offerings. For those professionals looking to make a career move, industry association CompTIA has some recommendations in its new report, "Top 20 Tech Towns." Based on job posting data over a 12-month period (August 2017-July 2018), CompTIA looked at 20 metropolitan areas with populations greater than 250,000, where demand for tech workers is greatest. The cities were then ranked based on cost of living, number of open IT positions, and projected job growth over the next 12 months and the next 5 years. In ranked order, those cities are...
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1. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC
Median salary for IT pros = $87,755

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 44,464

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 11%
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2. Raleigh, NC
Median salary for IT pros = $86,944

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 25,633

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 11%
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3. Austin-Round Rock, TX
Median salary for IT pros = $82,285

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 37,551

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 15%
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4. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
Median salary for IT pros = $122,242

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 95,748

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 11%
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5. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA
Median salary for IT pros = $110,448

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 112,388

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 15%
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6. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
Median salary for IT pros = $84,614

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 108,975

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 10%
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7. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
Median salary for IT pros = $109,741

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 67,579

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 11%
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8. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
Median salary for IT pros = $90,958

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 50,897

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 11%
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9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA
Median salary for IT pros = $82,077

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 76,483

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 6%
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10. Huntsville, AL
Median salary for IT pros = $91,998

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 10,920

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 4%
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11. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Median salary for IT pros = $103,397

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 170,187

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 4%
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12. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
Median salary for IT pros = $80,642

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 11,949

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 7%
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13. Lansing-East Lansing, MI
Median salary for IT pros = $67,246

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 7,849

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 5%
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14. Madison, WI
Median salary for IT pros = $76,232

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 11,059

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 9%
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15. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
Median salary for IT pros = $84,011

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 10,989

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 4%
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16. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD
Median salary for IT pros = $93,080

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 42,097

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 8%
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17. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH
Median salary for IT pros = $93,704

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 82,020

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 6%
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18. Trenton, NJ
Median salary for IT pros = $91,104

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 9,447

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 5%
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19. Boulder, CO
Median salary for IT pros = $88,899

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 5,821

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 5%
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20. Colorado Springs, CO
Median salary for IT pros = $90,438

Job postings August 2017 to July 2018 = 8,356

Expected IT job growth through 2023 = 5%