The 10 Best-Paying Cities for Software Engineers

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-07-28 Email

If you're a software engineer, you can pretty much command a six-figure (or near six-figure) salary, on average. But this Glassdoor list of the 10 "best-paying cities for software engineers" points out that the size of a paycheck isn't everything. Think "location, location, location," as any realtor likes to say. By crunching and comparing the cost of living with median base salaries in every city, Glassdoor was able to come up with a real adjusted salary that reflects the true buying power of a paycheck. The calculations demonstrate that a very lucrative offer from a company in, say, San Francisco or San Jose may not make you as rich as you'd think. Meanwhile, there are plenty of nice towns—such as Madison, Wis.; Austin, Texas; Boston; Atlanta; and Raleigh, N.C.—where your paycheck will stretch much further. The lesson here is to consider all factors—not just salary and benefits—before deciding to accept a job offer. Glassdoor based its findings on salary reports shared by software engineers who are members and users of its site. 

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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