5 best and 5 worst cities for IT salaries

Want to know where IT professionals make the highest -- and the lowest -- salaries? We dig into Kforce's 2014 Salary and Employment Guide to see where today's tech workers make the most and the least, the top paying IT roles in each city, and the cost of living for each community.
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IT professionals are in high demand. As an expert in your field you deserve to be paid what you're worth, but the highest salary doesn't always equate to the best compensation. Factors such as cost of living, commuting time and more all play a part in the decision to pack up and try somewhere new.

Each year Kforce, a professional staffing firm, releases its Salary and Employment Guide that looks at what IT skills are most in demand and what cities are paying them the most.

Cost of living index numbers are courtesy of the Council for Community and Economic Research based on based on 307 urban areas. The national average for cost of living index is based on a score of 100.

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