"The demand for tech professionals is widespread," Goli notes, citing the fact that 14 U.S. metro areas offer tech salaries above the national average of $87,811. 24 cities boast tech salaries that average $80,000 or more.
Large paychecks are no longer restricted to traditional hot spots, such as New York, Seattle or Silicon Valley. Smaller metros such as Charlotte ($90,352), Minneapolis ($87,227) and Cincinnati ($83,537) are offering strong compensation. Atlanta ($90,474), Charlotte, Philadelphia ($92,138) and Austin ($91,994) all saw average the tech salary rise above $90,000 for the first time.