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      The IT Job Outlook Report

      Are you looking to break into the IT field or hoping to expand your current computing capabilities?

      If you answered yes then you’ve come to the right place. All across the United States the job outlook for computer-related positions is on the upturn and according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) it doesn’t appear this will change much until 2020 or beyond.

      Throughout many portions of the U.S., Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst ranks as the “in” job with projected growth over 50% in some regions. On the other hand, Computer Programmer is one of the few positions to show negative growth but only in a handful of states. This is just a small sample of the information you can glean from this report. No matter where you may live from Alaska to Florida, we have compiled the IT outlook for each state in the U.S. and have broken down which career paths are the most profitable in each. Whether you focus on cyber security or deal with technical support, we will show you where you can go to make the most out of your in-demand skill set.

      Before we move into the state-by-state run down, here are the national rankings for IT positions within the U.S.

      States with the Highest Number of Computer Occupation Jobs

      1. California – 471,890 IT Jobs
      2. Texas – 292,370 IT Jobs
      3. New York – 216,150 IT Jobs
      4. Virginia – 199,040 IT Jobs
      5. Florida – 161,070  IT Jobs

      States with the Highest Concentration of Jobs

      1. Virginia
      2. D.C.
      3. Washington
      4. Massachusetts
      5. Maryland

      Top Paying States

      1. D.C.
      2. Virginia
      3. California
      4. Massachusetts
      5. Maryland

      Metropolitan Areas with the Highest Employment Level

      1. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
      2. New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
      3. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division
      4. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division
      5. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division
      6. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division
      7. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division
      8. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
      9. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
      10. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

      The BLS’ Computer-Related Occupations

      According to the BLS, job growth for Computer Occupations will increase 22% by the year 2020. This increase translates to the addition of roughly 778,300 new jobs, and thousands more will be opened due to replacements.

      So what types of jobs will this include?

      The BLS also breaks down Computer Occupations into five broad categories of job types. We have outlined each of them below with a brief description of the specific job titles that would fall under each.

      Computer and Information Research Scientists

      Their primary role is to create and find new uses for technologies in the fields of healthcare, business, science and more. In order to break into this profession a Ph.D. is a must and competition is fierce as it is one of the lowest employed computer-related occupations. Across the nation, only about 28,200 workers are employed under this category and receive an average annual salary of $100,660. Employment is also only expected to increase 19% over the next few years but with the already low number of professionals employed in this field it won’t translate into much.

      Computer and Information Analysts

      Computer Systems Analysts and Information Security Analysts fall under this category with expected job increases of 22% through 2020 and average annual salaries of $77,740 and $75,660, respectively. For Computer Systems Analysts, their main priority is to study an organization’s current computer infrastructure and make recommendations for increasing operating efficiency from both a business and an IT perspective. On the other hand, Information Security Analysts concentrate predominantly on increasing a firm’s security and preventing information leaks from cyber-attacks.

      Software Developers and Programmers

      This category encompasses Computer Programmers, Web Developers, and Software Developers. These are the creators behind everything online from websites to programs to applications. They write the codes which build out the programs we need in order to operate easily online. In the U.S., on average, Computer Programmers earn $71,380, Web Developers earn $75,660 and Software Developers earn around $90,530; these fields are also witnessing 12%, 22% and 30% job increases, respectively.

      Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects

      Database Administrators, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, and Computer Network Architects are all housed under this category. All of these roles work together to create an efficient online network for an organization to store and communicate information. Database Administrators are witnessing average salaries of $73,490 with job increases at 31%; Network and Computer Systems Administrators are earning $69,160 and witnessing 28% increases; and finally, Computer Network Architects earn $75,660 and jobs are growing at a rate of 22%.

      Computer Support Specialists

      These include both Computer User and Network Support Specialists and they deal primarily with non-technical users who are having computer problems in either a help-desk or technical support role. On average, they earn $46,260 a year and job growth for these positions is expected to be around 18% through 2020.

      So What’s Next?

      Now that you know each type of computer-related occupation out there, you are probably waiting to hear where you should take the career path you’ve probably already mentally decided on. Well, each job title and state are better for some things than others, which is just the nature of the U.S. job market. It is never really a cut and dry subject but we can give you some very close approximations. Whether you want to know which Computer Occupation you should pursue in your state or you are in an IT role now and want to know where you can make the most money from your skills we will tell you everything you need to know. So relax and take a few minutes to enjoy our state-by-state breakdown of the U.S. IT Job Market.

      1.      Alabama IT Jobs and Salaries

      Alabama’s average salary income for all computer-related occupations is slightly below the national average at $74,764. However, based on the state’s lower than average cost of living index this salary offers professionals living and working within the state a relatively higher amount of disposable income.

      While the opportunity to make the most of your yearly earnings in Alabama is desirable all around, salaries for certain occupations in the state standout even more. Computer and Information Research Scientists earn above average incomes at $104,280 per year. Additionally, in the Anniston-Oxford area of Alabama, Computer Programmers report average annual salaries of $109,740[1] which is $30,000 above the national average for this occupation, and will go far in the state of Alabama.

      Alabama’s predictions for job growth over the next 5 years, places a number of Computer-related occupations on the state’s list of high demand professions. These job titles include:

      • Computer Software Engineers
      • Applications, Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
      • Computer Systems Analysts
      • Computer Software Engineers
      • Systems Software Developers

      Of these, Applications Software Engineer is considered the overall number one occupation on the high demand list based on growth rate, annual job openings and wage criteria. Computer Systems Analysts are predicted to have the most openings for the entire Computer and Mathematical Occupations group at an average of 380 annual job openings in Alabama through 2018.

      Alabama’s Average Cost of Living Index: 92.78[2]

      • Anniston-Calhoun, AL – 91.2
      • Auburn-Opelika, AL – 98.9
      • Birmingham, AL – 90.8
      • Decatur-Hartselle, AL – 89.2
      • Dothan, AL – 89.8
      • Florence, AL – 90.2
      • Huntsville, AL – 91.2
      • Mobile, AL – 92.7
      • Montgomery, AL – 99.2
      • Tuscaloosa, AL – 94.6

      2.      Alaska Information Technology Jobs and Salaries

      Alaska’s reported annual salary for all computer-related positions averages less than the national rate at $74,440. In terms of living costs, this salary is even lower than it should be for living comfortably in the state, in comparison to regions which report more average living indexes.

      While all computer-related positions are relatively close to the national salary averages, in the Railbelt non-metropolitan area of Southwest Alaska, Computer Programmers are making around $10,000 more each year than their peers in the major cities of Anchorage and Fairbanks at $86,850 per year. This average annual salary is also above the national average of $78,260.

      Alaska is also forecasted to experience high growth and an increase in job openings for a number of its computer-related positions within the state. The following positions are expected to experience the highest growth rates over the next 10 years:

      Computer and Information Systems Managers

      • 10-15% growth
      • 130-229 new job openings

      Computer Programmers

      • Less than 10% growth
      • 130-229 new job openings

      Computer Systems Analysts

      • 15-21% growth
      • 130-229 new job openings

      Computer User Support Specialists

      • 10-15% growth
      • Over 300 new job openings

      Systems Analysts

      • 15-21% growth
      • 130-229 new job openings

      Software Developer, Applications

      • 15-21% growth
      • 80-129 new job openings

      Software Developer, Systems Software

      • 15-21% growth
      • Less than 80 new job openings

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      • 10-15% growth
      • 130-229 new job openings

      Alaska’s Average Cost of Living Index: 132.75

      • Anchorage, AK – 128.4
      • Fairbanks, AK – 137.4
      • Juneau, AK – 136.5
      • Kodiak, AK – 128.7

      3.      Arizona IT Salaries and Jobs

      Arizona’s economy continues to improve slowly across all industries. All sectors are expected to witness an increase in job openings through next year; however, this growth will be steady but slow moving. The only computer-related job in Arizona that is doing notably well is that of Computer Specialists.

      While Computer Specialists are still witnessing salary averages lower than the national average, job openings for this position are forecasted for 4,263 new openings by the end of next year. Additionally, Arizona boasts the third highest concentration of Computer Network Support Specialists across the nation with the highest areas of concentration being in the Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Tucson, and Lake Havasu-Kingman regions.

      Just as job demand sits at below average rates throughout the state, salaries for these positions also equal less than the national level at $76,653 per year. However, at a cost of living index above the nation’s average, this salary is even lower than what the market demands to maintain a typical standard of living. Realistically the average should be closer to $80,000 per year, to offer a competitive opportunity within this field. Overall, the lack of growth and low salaries does little to draw appeal to Arizona’s computer-based job market.

      Arizona’s Average Cost of Living Index: 103.81

      • Flagstaff, AZ – 114.9
      • Phoenix, AZ – 100.7
      • Sierra Vista, AZ – 97.9
      • Tucson, AZ – 96.5
      • Yuma, AZ – 101.2
      • Lake Havasu City, AZ – 111.8
      • Prescott-Prescott Valley, AZ – 103.7

      4.      Arkansas IT Salaries

      Arkansas professionals in computer-related positions earn an average of $16,000 less per year than the national average for the same job roles. However, since the state is averaging ten points below the average index for living costs this salary still offers a competitive opportunity for professionals entering the area.

      While Arkansas currently does not hold a high employment share of the total U.S. computer-related job market, these numbers are forecasted to grow significantly throughout the ten year period from 2006-2016.

      The breakdown below includes the following growth percent over ten years and the annual number of new jobs that translates to per occupation.

      Computer Programmers

      • 12.6% growth
      • 128 new jobs per year

      Computer Software Engineers, Applications

      • 60.8% growth
      • 117 new jobs per year

      Computer Support Specialists

      • 23.2% growth
      • 207 new jobs per year

      Computer Systems Analysts

      • 50% growth
      • 165 new jobs

      Database Administrators

      • 41.3% growth
      • 48 new jobs per year

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      • 35.7% growth
      • 85 new jobs per year

      Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts

      • 74.5% growth
      • 144 new jobs per year

      In terms of job availability, Arkansas is definitely expanding the number of computer-related job roles that the state offers. However, despite high growth percentages, this only translates to approximately 894 new jobs available each year throughout the entire state and for all computer-related occupations. Additionally, these jobs are predominantly concentrated in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO area.

      If relocation to the Fayetteville area of Arkansas sounds appealing to you and you don’t expect to earn a paycheck close to the national average for your job role (mind you it will still be close to double the state’s average annual salary for all occupations) then you may be able to find the opportunities you are seeking in America’s “Natural State.”

      Arkansas’ Average Cost of Living Index: 90.67

      • Conway, AR – 86.6
      • Fayetteville, AR – 92.1
      • Jonesboro, AR – 88.9
      • Fort Smith, AR – 86.1
      • Hot Springs, AR – 93.8
      • Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR – 96.5

      5.      California IT Jobs and Salaries

      Sunny California is one of the best places for computer-related jobs in the entire United States. Most of the regions in the state boast above average salaries for all computer occupations. Additionally, the pay rates are, on average, competitive to the state’s high cost of living. California is simply the state to beat in terms of both pay and number of positions available as it consistently makes the BLS’ top 5 list of the best states for each computer-based occupation.

      California is among the top five for the most number of jobs for the following job categories:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists
      • Computer Systems Analysts
      • Information Security  Analysts
      • Computer Programmers
      • Software Developers, Applications
      • Software Developers, Systems Software
      • Web Developers
      • Database Administrators
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
      • Computer Network Architects
      • Computer User Support Specialists
      • Computer Network Support Specialists

      The state, particularly in the Silicon Valley region, is also among the top five highest paying states for the following occupations:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists
      • Information Security Analysts
      • Computer Programmers
      • Software Developers, Applications
      • Software Developers, Systems Software
      • Database Administrators
      • Computer Network Architects
      • Computer User Support Specialists
      • Computer Network Support Specialists

      California is also number three in the nation for the highest concentration of Systems Software Developers. As far as the state’s job opportunities go, the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA and San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA are numbers six and eight in the U.S. respectively for the highest number of computer-related employment positions.

      San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA; San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA; and Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA are the number one, two and five top paying metropolitan areas in the nation, respectively. Professionals in a computer-related occupation working in these California regions will earn an average annual salary of $108,610, $100,720 or $94,880.

      In other words, if you want any type of computer-related job and don’t mind the sunshine and beaches of the west coast then California will definitely have some well-paying options to provide you with.

      California’s Average Cost of Living Index: 132.7

      • Bakersfield, CA – 103.4
      • Fresno, CA – 117.3
      • Oakland, CA – 139.1
      • Palm Spring, CA – 121.8
      • Riverside City, CA – 112.5
      • Sacramento, CA – 116.2
      • San Diego, CA – 132.3
      • San Francisco, CA – 164
      • San Jose, CA – 156.1
      • Truckee-Nevada County, CA – 146.9
      • Los Angeles – Long Beach, CA – 136.4
      • Orange County, CA – 146.4

      6.      Colorado Information Technology Jobs and Salaries

      If you are a Computer Systems Analyst then the beautiful state of Colorado is for you, more specifically the non-metropolitan area of North Central Colorado. In this particular area Computer Systems Analysts earn an annual salary of $107,640[3], which is $23,840 over the national average. Additionally, 1,702 new Computer Systems Analyst positions were added in July 2013 alone.

      During the period from July 1-31, 2013 the state of Colorado also added 2,308 Network and Computer Systems Administrator positions, 2,052 Software Developers-Applications, 1,810 Computer User Support Specialists and 1,757 Web Developers

      Colorado is doing relatively well all around in terms of adding computer-related positions and offering competitive salaries. Even more so since the state’s overall cost of living settles around the national average. In addition to this, the state’s unemployment rate is also lower than the national average; this combination of factors all amounts to a very a desirable place to look for a computer-related career.

      If you are still not convinced that Colorado can offer the career opportunities you want, then hopefully these statistics will help. Colorado is one of the BLS’ top five paying states for Computer Systems Analysts, Computer Programmers and Computer User Support Specialists.

      It is also one of the top five states for the highest employment shares of Applications Software Developers, Network and Computer Systems Administrators and Computer Support Specialists.

      Colorado’s Average Cost of Living Index: 100.7

      • Denver, CO – 103.2
      • Grand Junction, CO – 98.3
      • Gunnison, CO – 110
      • Loveland, CO – 91
      • Pueblo, CO – 85.6
      • Colorado Springs, CO – 92.8
      • Glenwood Springs, CO – 124

      7.      Connecticut IT Job Outlook

      This state is another great choice for IT professionals looking to earn the most for their talents. According to the BLS, Connecticut is one of the five top paying states for these job positions:

      • Computer Systems Analysts
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
      • Computer User and Support Specialist
      • Computer Network Support Specialist

      Additionally, the state has several regions that pay their computer-related employees well above the national averages and is competitive with the state’s high living costs. These positions will typically earn $10,000-$32,000 more to be exact.

      Below is an outline of the metropolitan areas with the highest paid jobs and the average annual salaries they offer.

      Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk, CT

      • Computer Systems Analysts – $116,560[4]
      • Software Developers, Applications – $103,420
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – $92,760
      • Computer User Support Specialists – $61,120
      • Computer Network Support Specialists – $74,430[5]

      Danbury, CT

      • Computer Systems Analysts – $98,030[6]
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $124,470[7]

      Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford, CT

      • Computer User Support Specialists – $62,430
      • Computer Network Support Specialists – $77,460

      Norwich – New London, CT

      • Information Security Analysts – $ 104,410

      Worchester, MA-CT

      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $123,530[8]
      • Computer Network Architects – $105,380

      If the 6-digit salaries readily available up in New England weren’t enough to get you excited about taking your career to Connecticut then keep this in mind, the state of Connecticut is expecting career growth throughout the IT job sector to move faster than average until 2020. They are hiring hundreds of Programmers, Applications Software Engineers, Systems Software Engineers, Computer Support Specialists, Computer Systems Analysts, Database Administrators, Network and Computer Systems Administrators and Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts each year for the next seven years.

      The opportunity and the money is there no matter what your specific computer-related career path is, you just need to take advantage of it!

      Connecticut’s Average Cost of Living Index: 130.27

      • Hartford, CT – 121.8
      • Stamford, CT – 146.9
      • New Haven, CT – 122.1

      8.      Delaware Information Technology Job Outlook

      The Delaware metropolitan areas of Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD and Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ are the places to look for computer-related occupations in this state. The above average salaries and job opportunities available in these urban locations are what bring up Delaware’s Dover and Sussex County areas to give the state overall high rankings for securing a computer-related profession.

      Delaware is one of the top five highest paying for the following job roles:

      • Information Security Analysts – $98,380
      • Software Developers, Applications – $100,210
      • Database Administrators – $87,280

      Additionally, the state reports high wages and good to excellent job availability in most computer occupations; the precise rankings are listed below:

      Computer Information Research Scientists

      • High wages
      • Fair job availability

      Computer Systems Analysts

      • High wages
      • Excellent job availability

      Information Security Analysts

      • High wages
      • Good job availability

      Computer Programmers

      • High wages
      • Fair job availability

      Software Developers, Applications

      • High wages
      • Excellent job availability

      Software Developers, Systems Software

      • High wages
      • Good job availability

      Web Developers

      • High wages
      • Good job availability

      Database Administrators

      • High wages
      • Good job availability

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators and Network Architects

      • High wages
      • Excellent job availability

      Computer User and Network Support Specialists

      • Above average wages
      • Excellent job availability

      In the state’s primary metropolitan areas job growth and high wages are readily available for professionals in the IT field. In addition, average living costs in this state increases the overall buying power these already high salaries offer, allowing computer-based workers to build a nice living throughout the state of Delaware.

      Delaware’s Average Cost of Living Index: 102.45

      • Dover, DE – 99.7
      • Wilmington, DE – 105.2

      9.      Florida IT Jobs and Salaries

      The state of Florida is expected to witness annual occupational growth of around 1.55% between 2012 and 2020. The majority of the state’s computer related occupations will experience growth rates above this at an average of 1.78% per year. The top three occupations forecasted for the highest percent changes each year are:

      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators and Architects – 2.72%
      • Database Administrators – 2.70%
      • Systems Software Developers – 2.55%

      Computer Support Specialists are forecasted to open the greatest number of available new jobs at 1,360 new positions each year throughout the state. Florida is also on the U.S.’ top five list for having the greatest number for jobs for the following occupations:

      • Computer Programmers
      • Web Developers
      • Database Administrators
      • Computer Network Architects
      • Computer User Support Specialists
      • Computer Network Support Specialists

      Additionally, the state has the second largest concentration of Computer Network Architects in the nation. That being said, Network Architects also make, on average, $25,000 less than the national average salary for this profession at $69,230 per year, but this can still offer a competitive rate based on the state’s cost of living. However, only seven of the twenty-three division areas in the state actually report average annual salaries above this with the highest paying area being the Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL region at $80,010 annually. The lowest paid area for Network Architects in Florida is in the Northwest non-metropolitan area of the state where earnings average $47,290 per year.

      The average salary in in the Sunshine State for all computer-based occupations stands at $73,647, slightly above average in regards to the state’s living costs. In addition, a few occupations really standout in certain areas, by earning significantly more than average. If you really want to make the move to Florida and increase your disposable income as much as possible then pursue a position as a Computer Systems Analyst. This job is expected to grow at 1.89% annually and will equate to 865 new jobs per year. The following Florida areas are the best to look for openings in this particular occupation:

      North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota, FL

      • $109,420[9] annually

      Port St. Lucie, FL

      • $107,900[10] annually

      Tallahassee, FL

      • $98,020[11] annually

      Crestview – Fort Walton Beach – Destin

      • $96,720 annually

      Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall Metropolitan Division

      • $90,130 annually

      West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach Metropolitan Division

      • $89,430 annually

      Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford

      • $88,890 annually

      Miami – Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach

      • $87,970 annually

      One final note on Florida’s IT job outlook, if you are a skilled Computer and Information Research Scientist and want to relocate to Florida then check out the opportunities in the Palm Beach – Melbourne – Titusville area. This area boasts the highest concentration of Computer and Information Research Scientists in the state, granted there are only 665 scientists in the state total and growth is low at 18 new jobs per year, but the pay is significantly above average at $130,520[12] per year. If you have the skills, enjoy the heat and the beach, and wouldn’t mind a 6-figure paycheck then the opportunity here is perfect for you.

      Florida’s Average Cost of Living Index: 99.48

      • Bradenton, FL – 95.8
      • Gainesville, FL – 99.8
      • Jacksonville, FL – 92.9
      • Orlando, FL – 97.8
      • Sarasota, FL – 101.5
      • Tampa, FL – 92.4
      • Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL – 95.6
      • Fort Lauderdale, FL – 115.7
      • Miami-Dade County, FL – 106
      • Panama City, FL – 99.4
      • Vero Beach – Indian River, FL – 97.4

      10.  Georgia IT Job and Salary Information

      If you want to make the move to Georgia, there is really only one region that should command your attention and that is the state’s Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta metropolitan area. This area is number nine in the country for the highest IT employment levels and it is what brings up the rest of the state’s below average employment shares for computer-related occupations. This particular area also boasts salaries that are near or slightly higher than average for all of their computer-based jobs. The remainder of the state is reporting annual salaries that are predominantly lower than average, but extremely competitive based on the state’s living cost index.

      While the salaries and the amount of jobs per location are below the typical rates, Georgia is forecasted to experience computer-related job growth above the state’s 1.1% annual average employment growth from 2010 through 2020. Of the expected growth, the state predicts 42% of all added jobs in computer-related occupations will stem predominantly from industry growth. However, some occupations such as Computer Programmer, Information Security Analyst, Web Developer, Computer Systems Analyst, Computer Support Specialist, and Network Architect will witness openings predominantly due to job replacements. The remaining computer-related positions should witness steady annual growth through 2020.The projected percentage increases and jobs added annually are identified below for these occupations.

      Computer and Information Research Scientists

      • 0.9% growth
      • 20 jobs added

      Software Developers, Applications

      • 1.6% growth
      • 350 jobs added

      Software Developers, Systems Software

      • 2.3% growth
      • 320 jobs added

      Database Administrators

      • 2.2% growth
      • 150 jobs added

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      • 2.5% growth
      • 470 jobs added

      As previously stated, the majority of all computer-related occupations in the state report salaries relatively close to the national average, making the profit potential in Georgia’s economy comparatively high to other states that are closer to the national average cost index. The one major exception to this is that Computer User Support Specialists throughout the state are, in some cases, significantly underpaid compared to the national average for this occupation; up to $17,000 below. So if this happens to be your field of work, Georgia may not be your best bet in terms of increasing your buying power by a significant percent.

      Georgia’s Average Cost of Living Index: 92.28

      • Albany, GA – 90.1
      • Americus, GA – 88.3
      • Atlanta, GA – 95.6
      • Douglas, GA – 88.6
      • Marietta, GA – 94.8
      • Savannah, GA – 93.5
      • Valdosta, GA – 94.1
      • Augusta-Aiken, GA-SC – 93.2

      11.  Hawaii Information Technology Jobs and Salaries

      While the idea of living in Hawaii may sound wonderful, if you’re in any computer-related profession it may not be the best move for you. Throughout the state, Computer and Information Research Scientists are the only profession to be earning a salary equivalent to the national average. Every other computer-related profession earns, on average, $10,000 less per year than their peers in the same profession.

      Additionally, these jobs are experiencing average annual growth at 1.8% but when the occupation concentration for computer-related jobs is already very low this only translates to an average of 35 new positions available per year for each job title. Between 2010 and 2020 Hawaii expects to only add an additional 1,540 new computer-related positions across the state for all the specific job roles combined.

      Unless wages increase to offer a more competitive impact against Hawaii’s exorbitant living costs then this state should just be avoided in terms of moving your computer-related career to its shores.

      Hawaii’s Average Cost of Living Index: 165.7

      • Honolulu, HI – 165.7

      12.  Idaho IT Job and Salary Outlook

      If you are a Computer Information Research Scientist then you should probably avoid Idaho all together because this position is hard to come by in the state and availability is slim to none. Overall, the salaries in Idaho are well below the national averages for all computer-related positions, yet in some cases, they are competitive in comparison to the state’s cost of living.

      Additionally, these occupations are identified by the Idaho Department of Labor’s 2010-2020 Long-Term Occupation Projection Report as being “Hot Jobs,” which are marked by high growth, high pay and job abundance. Through 2020, it is expected that each of these positions will witness anywhere between 1.5% and 3.0% annualized growth. This projection should lead to computer-related positions comprising 4.02% of the overall Idaho job market in 2020, an increase of 0.11 percentage points from 2010.

      However, as previously stated, the salaries are much lower than average and this is true for both the major cities in the state, such as Boise, and the non-metropolitan areas. A competitive average salary for computer-related occupations in terms of living costs for the state would be around $60,710. However, even in Boise, professionals can expect to earn $10,000-$25,000 less than the national averages for annual salaries in the same positions, making some occupations less desirable.

      So if you are planning to move your computer-related career to Idaho, understand that despite it being a growing industry the pay available in the state will be, in some cases, much lower than necessary.

      Idaho’s Average Cost of Living Index: 93.1

      • Boise, ID – 97.2
      • Idaho Falls, ID – 90.6
      • Twin Falls, ID – 91.5

      13.  Illinois IT Jobs and Salaries

      Illinois is definitely the land of opportunity for computer-related job seekers. Employment projections from 2010 until 2020 are expected to increase, on average, 19.79% for all computer-related occupations, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security’s report. This translates to the addition of 25,867 new computer-related employment opportunities over a ten-year period. This is a huge leap from the state’s average 8.63% increase across all occupations.

      The job areas with the highest short-term forecasted growth for the period between 2011 and 2013 includes:

      Software Developers, Applications

      • 646 new jobs
      • 3.53% change

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      • 466 new jobs
      • 3.53% change

      Software Developers, Systems Software

      • 507 new jobs
      • 3.29% change

      The occupations with the highest projected long-term growth for the period between 2010 and 2020 includes:

      Software Developers, Applications

      • 5,519 new jobs
      • 30.87% change

      Software Developers, Systems Software

      • 3,657 new jobs
      • 24.38% change

      Database Administrators

      • 1,161 new jobs
      • 24.99% change

      Additionally, the salaries available for all computer-related occupations are within $10,000 of the national averages, very competitive to not only the national rate but to the state’s below average cost of living index. The metropolitan area of Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL is also number four on the United States’ list of states with the highest computer-related job employment and Illinois is fourth in the country for the highest number of Computer Programmer positions.

      The positions and decent pay are readily available throughout Illinois; there’s no doubt that professionals will find a position they want and the competitive pay they need throughout this state.

      Illinois’ Average Cost of Living Index: 96.15

      • Champaign-Urbana, IL – 96.9
      • Chicago, IL – 116.9
      • Danville, IL – 91.1
      • Decatur, IL – 91.4
      • Galesburg, IL – 93
      • Peoria, IL – 96.3
      • Quincy, IL – 95.5
      • Rockford, IL – 92.4
      • Springfield, IL – 85.8
      • Joliet-Will County, IL – 102.2

      14.  Indiana IT Jobs and Salaries Report

      The state of Indiana reports average salaries around $10,000-$12,000 less than the national averages for the same computer-related occupations. However, these numbers are not too far off base since the state’s overall average of $71,912 is competitive for the state’s cost of living and will allow for a greater amount of disposable income in comparison to the national average.

      Indiana’s Department of Labor reports that several Information Technology positions are among the state’s hot 50 jobs based on projected wages and demand in 2020. These jobs include:

      Computer Software Engineer

      • 1.9% growth
      • 274 new jobs added per year

      Computer Systems Analyst

      • 2.1% growth
      • 163 new jobs added per year

      Network Systems and Data Communications Administrator

      • 2.6% growth
      • 164 new jobs added per year

      Information Security Analyst Network Architect

      • 2.6% growth
      • 123 new jobs added per year

      Database Administrator

      • 3.3% growth
      • 58 new jobs added per year

      The one career path that is significantly lower across all Indiana counties and cities is that of Web Developers. This path is witnessing upwards of $30,000 less in pay each year than in other areas around the United States, who make on average $66,100 annually. The top four lowest paid Indiana areas for this occupation are located in:

      • Anderson, IN – $32,500
      • Bloomington, IN – $36,330
      • Evansville, IN-KY – $37,850
      • Lafayette, IN – $38,730

      The state identifies the computer occupations field to be one of its fastest growing positions and the numbers do reflect significant growth is truly in-store throughout the next several years. The only thing to be wary about while job hunting is whether or not the salaries offered in these positions offer a competitive pay for the area’s specific cost of living index.

      Indiana’s Average Cost of Living Index: 92.96

      • Elkhart-Goshen, IN – 94
      • Evansville, IN – 96.2
      • Indianapolis, IN – 87.2
      • Lafayette, IN – 98.2
      • Muncie, IN – 91
      • Richmond, IN – 90.8
      • Fort Wayne-Allen, IN – 94.4
      • South Bend, IN – 91.9

      15.  Iowa IT Jobs and Salaries

      Computer-related occupations in Iowa are reporting annual average salaries at $12,500 below the national level, however, this is still above the expected annual average relative to Iowa’s cost of living index. The state is also forecasted to grow, on average, 1.7% annually in this field, which equates to the opening of 475 new jobs each year. The majority of computer-related positions in Iowa are, unsurprisingly, concentrated in the state’s metropolitan areas. The areas with the highest above average share of employment include:

      • Cedar Rapids
      • Des Moines – West Des Moines
      • Dubuque
      • Omaha – Council Bluffs, NE-IA

      Additionally, there are a few hidden gems in the state that report annual average salaries well above the national average. The Des Moines area boasts an average salary of $100,380[13] for its Computer Network Architect positions. Computer Network Architects in the Davenport – Moline – Rock Island area also earn slightly above average paychecks for their work at $97,630 per year. The Sioux City area also shows that their Applications Software Developers earn significantly above average at $126,180[14] annually.

      Similarly, there is also one stand-out low earner throughout the state. In Ames, IA, Software Developers, Systems Software are earning salaries drastically below the national and state averages. Their $35,510[15] annual paycheck is close to $60,000 below the national rate for this position. Additionally, this is significantly below even the state’s average entry salary for this line of work which averaged to be $56,860 in 2012.

      When it comes to finding work in the state this is undoubtedly one area and occupation to avoid. As far as the remaining areas and jobs, only expect average paychecks in terms of the region’s living indexes, but if you’re fine with that then Iowa wouldn’t be a bad option to consider.

      Iowa’s Average Cost of Living Index: 94.04

      • Ames, IA – 96.8
      • Burlington, IA – 97
      • Cedar Rapids, IA – 92
      • Dubuque, IA – 95.9
      • Iowa City, IA – 96.2
      • Des Moines, IA – 90.9
      • Mason City, IA – 89.1
      • Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA – 91.7
      • Davenport-Moline-Rock Is, IA-IL – 96.8

      16.  Kansas Computer Related Jobs and Salaries

      Computer-related occupations throughout the U.S. state of Kansas will typically earn $10,000 less than the national average. However, this is relative to the state’s below average living expenses and it shouldn’t deter professionals from coming to the state to work.

      In fact, computer-related positions are among the state’s fastest growing jobs and boast some of the highest earnings for the region. In the latest Kansas Occupational Outlook report, the state is forecasted to grow its computer occupations by 17.3% during the period from 2010-2020, equaling 10,724 new and replacement positions throughout the state.

      Additionally, in the 2008-2018 report, the state named Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts as the number one occupation for the highest percent change in employment at a 53.4% increase in jobs. This percentage equals the addition of roughly 1,410 jobs over the ten year period. Applications Software Engineers also made the list at number nine with a 34.1% increase and the addition of 1,120 jobs.

      When it comes to searching for positions within Kansas, no matter the occupation, the Kansas City MO-KS area is the best to look. This area contains 28.6% of the state’s total population and it is expected to be the fastest in occupation growth through at least 2018. Every other area of Kansas reports below average employment shares for computer-related occupations, so it is suggested to begin your job search in this Kansas City area where you will find the greatest number of available jobs and the highest salaries in the state.

      Kansas’ Average Cost of Living Index: 91.39

      • Hays, KS – 89.4
      • Hutchinson, KS – 94
      • Lawrence, KS – 94.6
      • Manhattan, KS – 95
      • Salina, KS – 86.9
      • Topeka, KS – 91.8
      • Wichita, KS – 91.8
      • Dodge City, KS – 89.3
      • Garden City, KS – 89.7

      17.  Kentucky IT Jobs and Salaries

      When it comes to computer-related occupations the state of Kentucky is growing at a rate four percentage points below the national average. The state also reports very low employment shares for all computer-based occupations and salaries average $16,400 below the national average. However, the state’s national average of $63,395 is in line with the state’s low living costs.

      Computer-related positions in the state are forecasted to grow 18.68% from 2010 to 2020, significantly above Kentucky’s average employment growth rate of 12.4%. This projection makes the computer-related occupation sector the 5th fastest growing job group throughout the state. Of this group Network and Computer Systems Architects and Administrators forecast the highest percent change at 26.74% and Computer Programmers are the lowest at 9.20%.

      The best area to begin looking for a computer-related position in the state of Kentucky is in the Cincinnati – Middletown, OH-KY-IN region. This area contains the highest employment share in the state for computer occupations. In addition it offers the highest average pay for many of its computer-based job roles, including:

      • Computer Systems Analyst – $86,170
      • Web Developers – $59,530
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – $69,550
      • Computer Network Architects – $86,420
      • Computer User Support Specialists – $46,170

      As far as the remaining job titles go, the highest paying areas for each of them are as listed below:

      Database Administrators

      • $80,990 in Elizabethtown, KY

      Software Developers, Applications

      • $93,250[16] in Lexington-Fayette, KY

      Information Security Analysts

      • $85,390 in Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN

      Computer Programmers

      • $77,530 in West Kentucky non-metropolitan area

      Software Developers, Systems Software

      • $154,010[17] in West Kentucky non-metropolitan area

      Computer Network Support Specialists

      • $62,000 in West Kentucky non-metropolitan area

      Kentucky’s Average Cost of Living Index: 89.26

      • Covington, KY – 87.8
      • Lexington, KY – 92.8
      • Louisville, KY – 87.7
      • Paducah, KY – 87.3
      • Bowling Green, KY – 90.7

      18.  Louisiana Computer Related Jobs and Salary Information

      Statewide the employment share for computer-related occupations is significantly lower than the average for the United States. However, several of the computer-related job titles are among the state’s fastest growing occupations for the period between 2010 and 2020. The two with the highest forecasted employment growth are:

      • Systems Software Developers – 46.4%
      • Applications Software Developers – 35.3%

      Throughout the various regions of Louisiana, the growth rates for these and other computer-related occupations are similarly high. Below is the breakdown of the projected 10-year growth for specific occupations within each region.

      Alexandria Region:

      • Network and Computer Systems Architects and Administrators – 28.8%

      Baton Rouge Region:

      • Software Developers, Applications – 34.3%
      • Database Administrators – 41.4%

      Houma Region:

      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators –37.0%

      Lake Charles Region:

      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – 54.7%

      Monroe Region:

      • Computer Systems Analyst – 50.7%
      • Computer Programmers – 42.6%
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – 39.8%
      • Computer Support Specialists – 31.7%

      New Orleans Region:

      • Software Developers, Applications – 39.2%
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – 46.9%
      • Database Administrators – 33.1%

      Shreveport Region:

      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – 35%
      • Software Developers, Applications – 33.6%
      • Database Administrators – 28.2%

      The growth rates for these occupations are above the national average for computer-related occupations and signals a great opportunity for beginning an IT career path. However, any IT professionals interested in starting or moving their careers to the Louisiana area should keep in mind that the average salaries for these positions can be up to $24,000 less than the national average. They still offer a competitive salary for the area’s cost of living though so don’t fret about making your bills just understand that when comparing it to the overall U.S. average a Louisiana paycheck will be relatively low in comparison.

      Louisiana’s Average Cost of Living Index: 96.09

      • Alexandria, LA – 95.1
      • Baton Rouge, LA – 96.1
      • Hammond, LA – 95.9
      • Lafayette, LA – 99.2
      • Monroe, LA – 92.7
      • Shreveport-Bossier City, LA – 95.3
      • Slidell-St. Tammany Parish, LA – 97
      • Lake Charles, LA – 97.4

      19.  Maine IT/Computer Jobs and Salaries

      When it comes to Maine’s employment outlook for computer-related positions the state holds a low employment share and below average salaries, averaging $66,305. Overall, along with the state’s cost of living, Maine does not present the most desirable outlook for individuals within the computer industry.

      Additionally, the state is only expected to witness a 10.1% growth in jobs over the ten-year period between 2010 and 2020. This is more than half the national growth rate for the computer-related jobs sector and equates to only 274 openings per year.

      If you still wish to pursue your career in the state of Maine, then it is suggested to look at openings within the Portsmouth, NH-ME area. This region is the highest paid area within the state and has the greatest employment share. Additionally, Information Security Analysts and Computer Network Support Specialists in this region earn $10,000 and $7,000 over the national average respectively.  The remaining computer-related occupations earn salaries either just at or below the average.

      Maine’s Average Cost of Living Index: 116.5

      • Portland, ME – 116.5

      20.  Maryland IT Jobs and IT Salaries

      If you want to begin or grow your computer-based career then Maryland is one of the perfect places to do so. As one of the highest paying states for a number of computer-related occupations and home to the number one metropolitan area in the U.S. for the highest computer-based employment, it’s easy to see why Maryland should be a top choice for any IT computer professional.

      The average salary in the state is $89,448, which is above the national average. Even more noteworthy though is the fact that several positions average in the six-figures for the state as a whole, including:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $104,310
      • Information Security Analysts – $100,230
      • Software Developers, Applications – $104,740
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $108,970
      • Computer Network Architects – $102,540

      Additionally, the state expects this employment sector to witness an overall job growth of 22.9% from 2010 to 2020. This equals the addition of 41,460 new jobs over the same ten year period. Maryland also offers a great opportunity for job-seekers as the state has both the positions available and the high salaries to offer that contribute to a very desirable career. While you can’t really go wrong with any area you choose, below are the top five highest paying regions in the state:

      1. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division – $97,750
      2. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV – $97,040
      3. Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division – $92,820
      4. St. Mary’s County, Maryland non-metropolitan area – $92,400
      5. Baltimore-Towson, MD – $89,800

      Now that you know Maryland offers overall great pay for its computer professionals find out below which job roles demand the highest salaries and the greatest number of opportunities. For each category below Maryland was named by the BLS as being one of the top five states for each position in terms of highest number of jobs, top salary or highest employment share.

      Highest Number of Jobs:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists

      Top Salary:

      • Information Security Analyst
      • Computer Programmers
      • Software Developers, Applications
      • Software Developers, Systems Software
      • Web Developers
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      Highest Employment Share:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists
      • Information Security Analysts
      • Software Developers, Systems Software
      • Web Developers
      • Database Administrators
      • Computer Network Architects
      • Computer Network Support Specialists

      Maryland’s Average Cost of Living Index: 124.95

      • Baltimore, MD – 119.4
      • Bethesda-Gaithersburg-Frederick, MD – 130.5

      21.  Massachusetts IT Job Opportunities and Salary Information

      Massachusetts is very similar to Maryland in that job opportunity and high salaries are readily available in the state for professionals working in computer-related occupations. The Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division is the nation’s fifth highest employed metropolitan area for this job sector.

      Additionally, the state is experiencing above average growth rates for several of its occupations for the period between 2010 and 2020. Below are the computer-related occupations in Massachusetts with the highest growth percentages:

      • Computer Programmers – 13.5%
      • Computer Support Specialists – 21.03%
      • Software Developers, Applications – 25.65%
      • Computer Systems Analysts – 28.54%
      • Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Computer Network Architects – 29.9%
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – 32.15%
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – 33.49%

      Similar to Maryland, you can’t really go wrong in choosing to take your computer-related profession to Massachusetts. However, you can make the most of it by choosing one of the state’s already high pay and fast growth occupations and applying in the cities that typically pay the most. Below we have broken down the state’s top three occupations and what Massachusetts cities offer the highest pay for them.

      Software Developer, Systems Software

      • Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division – $125,430[18]
      • Worchester, MA-CT – $123,530[19]
      • Taunton-Norton-Raynham, MA NECTA Division – $113,710
      • Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division – $112,730
      • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH NECTA Division – $112,170
      • Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division – $110,520
      • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH – $110,440

      Software Developer, Applications

      • Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division – $121,750[20]
      • Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, MA NECTA Division – $105,920[21]
      • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH NECTA Division – $104,720
      • Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division – $103,360
      • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH – $103,190
      • Framingham, MA NECTA Division – $100,030

      Computer Network Architect

      • Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division – $118,550
      • Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division – $113,790[22]
      • Framingham, MA NECTA Division – $112,050
      • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH – $109,790
      • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH NECTA Division – $109,080
      • Worchester, MA-CT -$105,380

      Additionally, if you don’t want to pursue the career of a Software Developer or Network Architect then take a look at the state’s other top paying careers and find out which hold a high employment share in the state of Massachusetts.

      Highest Number of Jobs:

      • Software Developers, Systems Software
      • Web Developers

      Top Salary:

      • Software Developers, Applications
      • Software Developers, Systems Software
      • Web Developers
      • Computer Network Architects
      • Computer User Support Specialists
      • Computer Network Support Specialists

      Highest Employment Share:

      • Computer Systems Analysts
      • Software Developers, Applications
      • Software Developers, Systems Software
      • Web Developers
      • Database Administrators
      • Computer Network Architects
      • Computer User Support Specialists

      As stated at the beginning of this section, Massachusetts offers a great deal of opportunity for professionals in the technology sector. No matter where you are currently at in your career, you will be sure to find the positions you need in this state for the next several years.

      Massachusetts’ Average Cost of Living Index: 120.23

      • Boston, MA – 132.5
      • Fitchburg-Leominster, MA – 103.3
      • Framingham-Natick, MA – 134.5
      • Pittsfield, MA – 110.6

      22.  Michigan Computer Jobs and Salaries

      Michigan reports low employment shares and low wages for all of its computer-related occupations. Detroit is the only area that forecasts average annual salaries for this occupational group in the $70,000 range, which is still lower than both the national average and in relation to the city’s cost of living.

      Additionally, the state as a whole is only projected to witness a 13.9% growth rate in this occupational sector as noted in the 2008-2018 Employment Forecasts Report. This is significantly lower than the national average of 22% and includes the negative job growth of Computer Programmers at -8.5%.

      Only three job roles are growing above the national average in the state of Michigan:

      • Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts – 41.8%
      • Computer Software Engineers, Applications – 24.7%
      • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software – 23.9%

      Overall, the state does not provide the most desirable opportunities for IT professionals. Michigan’s low growth rate and annual salaries can easily be beat by several nearby states which offer more profitable computer-related occupations.

      Michigan’s Average Cost of Living Index: 93.77

      • Detroit, MI – 99.4
      • Grand Rapids, MI – 90.7
      • Kalamazoo, MI – 91.2

      23.  Minnesota IT Job Outlook

      For the ten year period between 2010 and 2020, Minnesota is expected to grow its computer-related occupations employment number by 13.5%, translating to 10,575 new jobs due to growth alone. In addition, 13,440 jobs will be added as replacement positions equaling a grand total of 24,030 computer-related job openings throughout the state of Minnesota.

      While the overall growth rate for the state is below the national rate, a number of computer-based job titles in the state are projected to experience above average growth for the area. These positions include:

      • Computer Systems Analysts – 14.9%
      • Software Developers, Applications – 16.8%
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – 15.9%
      • Database Administrators – 21.7%
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – 18.6%

      These jobs are also considered some of the state’s most in-demand careers for the 2010-2020 period. In addition to the list above, the positions of Information Security Analysts, Computer Programmers, Web Developers, Computer Network Architects and Computer Support Specialists are also identified as high demand occupations.

      For the majority of computer-related jobs if you have the skills then Minnesota has the positions and the desire to hire you. However, as far as salaries go throughout the state, Minnesota offers wages equal to or below the average for its computer occupations and this is true for all areas throughout the state. In regards to cost of living within the state, Minnesota offers a slightly above overall average for its computer-related positions at $81,438.

      The only position that experiences an average salary significantly above the national rate is Computer and Information Research Scientists. In fact, Minnesota is the highest paying state in the nation for this position at an average annual salary of $130,560[23]. However, this is also the only computer-related position not in high demand throughout the state, not surprisingly though as the total number of Computer and Information Research Scientists positions in the country comprises only 0.71% of all computer-related occupations and never commands very high demand.

      Overall, if you are not seeking the highest paycheck possible then Minnesota probably has a position to suit you and they are definitely ready to hire you for it.

      Minnesota’s Average Cost of Living Index: 102.3

      • Mankato, M – 93
      • Minneapolis, MN – 111
      • Rochester, MN – 99.2
      • St. Cloud, MN – 98.3
      • St. Paul, MN – 110

      24.  Mississippi Information Technology Job and Salary Information

      While looking to begin or advance your professional computer-related career, the best advice to give is to avoid the state of Mississippi all together. The state currently holds a very low employment share for this occupation group and judging by growth projections this won’t change any time soon.

      Mississippi only forecasts a 12.1% overall growth is this job category during the 2010-2020 period, which equals the addition of only 1,120 new jobs in ten years. No single job title actually meets the national average growth rate of 22% and Computer Programmers are declining at an overall rate of 2.1%.

      Additionally, the state earns, on average significantly lower incomes at $20,000 less than the national rate. Salaries range between $11,000 and $31,000 below the occupation’s average amount and not a single occupation forecasts earnings at or above the U.S. average. The overall average for the state comes in around $62,442 which is close to the relative average for the state’s cost of living but still some job titles continue to fall short of this throughout Mississippi.

      Mississippi’s Average Cost of Living Index: 92.3

      • Hattiesburg, MS – 91.9
      • Jackson, MS – 96.9
      • Pascagoula, MS – 92.3
      • Tupelo, MS – 88.1

      25.  Missouri Information Technology Job Outlook

      If you are a Computer Programmer, then avoid the state of Missouri all together. This position is on the state’s Top Employment Decline list for the 2008-2018 period with a projected loss of 1,764 jobs. Similar to Minnesota, it is also the only computer-related occupation in the state with a negative growth rate, at -1.88%.

      For all other computer-related positions in Missouri you can expect growth opportunities, but not very high job growth rates. Also salaries are averaging below the national rate, this, however, is not as impactful seeing as the cost of living in the state is also below the national average. In fact, the average for computer-related job salaries equals around $75,280 in Missouri which is about $10,000 more than what the average should be in regards to the state’s low cost of living. The state is among the highest in the nation for employment shares within the Computer Systems Analyst, Database Administrator and User Support Specialist positions.

      Missouri is expecting to add 7,516 new computer-based jobs throughout the 2008-2018 period. This equates to the following annual growth rates per position:

      • Computer Programmers – -1.88%
      • Computer Occupations, All Other – 0.62%
      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – 8.26%
      • Computer Support Specialists – 8.69%
      • Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Network Architects – 9.22%
      • Computer Systems Analysts – 9.49%
      • Software Developers, Applications – 10.06%
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – 18.49%
      • Database Administrators – 18.77%
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – 23.98%

      Systems Software Developers are the only occupational group in the state to project growth rates at or above the national level. Even though the state is increasing its computer-based employment force it is occurring at a much slower pace than the rest of the nation.

      Additionally, the only in demand career throughout the state for this job category is that of Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts, a minor occupation category listed under the Computer Occupations, All Other title by the BLS. This occupation is forecasted for high growth in many states and Missouri projects a 30.2% growth rate for it during the 2008-2018 period.

      Missouri’s Average Cost of Living Index: 91.71

      • Columbia, MO – 91.8
      • Joplin, MO – 88.8
      • Springfield, MO – 88
      • Jefferson City, MO – 92.9
      • St. Joseph, MO – 92.3
      • St. Louis, MO-IL – 90.4
      • Kansas City, MO-KS – 97.8

      26.  Montana Computer Related Jobs and Salaries

      Montana does not provide many options for starting or advancing into a profitable computer-related career. The state reports an average income for all computer-related occupations at $54,823, which is around $10,000 below the average the state should be at given its cost of living index.

      In addition, computer job titles in the state are $11,000 to $33,000 below the national averages. However, the state is projected to experience overall job growth between 2010 and 2020 for all computer-related occupations. The growth percentages per job title are identified below:

      Computer and Information Research Scientists

      • 25.92% growth
      • 7 new jobs added

      Computer Systems Analysts

      • 16.61% growth
      • 105 new jobs added

      Computer Programmers

      • 8.77% growth
      • 83 new jobs added

      Software Developers, Applications

      • 38.54% growth
      • 190 new jobs added

      Software Developers, Systems Software

      • 50.68% growth
      • 150 new jobs added

      Database Administrators

      • 35.38% growth
      • 69 new jobs added

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      • 31.76% growth
      • 270 new jobs added

      Computer Support Specialists

      • 18.24% growth
      • 280 new jobs added

      Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Network Architects

      • 21.71% growth
      • 165 new jobs added

      The job growth percentages are predominantly high for the above occupations. However, the percentages translate to a very low number of jobs actually added within the state, overall, only 1,269 new jobs will be added over a period of ten years. With the few job openings and at the low average salaries that the state offers, it is easy to see that more profitable opportunities exist elsewhere in the United States for IT professionals and unless you are particularly drawn to the state it is suggested to take your valuable skills somewhere else.

      Montana’s Average Cost of Living Index: 100.07

      • Bozeman, MT – 102
      • Kalispell, MT – 98.8
      • Missoula, MT – 99.4

      27.  Nebraska IT Jobs and Salaries Report

      Nebraska’s salary for computer-related occupations averages $71,903 per year which offers residents of the state a very competitive paycheck in comparison to their cost of living. The area of Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA also offers a slightly higher average salary at $74,480 and a higher employment share than the rest of the state.

      Additionally, the state’s various job roles are projected to witness growth rates averaging 18.05% over the ten-year period between 2010 and 2020. The growth rate per position is listed below:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – 14.81%
      • Computer Systems Analysts – 17.51%
      • Computer Programmers – 7.25%
      • Software Developers, Applications – 19.81%
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – 29.77%
      • Database Administrators – 23.68%
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – 22.24%
      • Computer Support Specialists – 11.78%
      • Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Network Architects – 15.64%

      While Nebraska’s overall growth is not as high as the national average it is still opening up 4,625 new computer-based positions in the state. Residents of Nebraska also enjoy a low cost of living index and an average salary that provides a generous amount of disposable income as a result of that. Overall the state, while maybe not the most glamorous and exciting place to take your technology career, offers a decent amount of opportunities and pay given the location.

      Nebraska’s Average Cost of Living Index: 90.85

      • Hastings, NE – 93.4
      • Omaha, NE – 88.3

      28.  Nevada IT Job Study

      Likewise to Nebraska, the average salary in Nevada is around $71,301 per year, which is below the national average but it is relative to the area’s economy and the cost it takes to live there. Therefore, residents are not necessarily earning less than their peers but earning at a comparable rate to the national average.

      The state is expected to witness a 15.7% increase in computer-related jobs from 2010 through 2020, which is below the national average for this occupational sector but still above the state’s overall projected growth rate of 11.6%. The top three fastest growing jobs in the state include:

      Software Developers, Systems Software

      • 30.6% growth
      • 540 new jobs added

      Network and Computer Systems Administrators

      • 22.6% growth
      • 570 new jobs added

      Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Network Architects

      • 19.2% growth
      • 480 new jobs added

      Employment shares are low throughout the state of Nevada; therefore no single area holds a significantly greater concentration of jobs over another. However, the area of Reno-Sparks, NV does provide the only 6-figure salary averages in the state. In this particular area, Systems Software Developers earn an average of $104,630 per year while Computer Network Architects earn on average $121,870[24].  As was said for Nebraska, while Nevada is not a standout state for computer-related positions it also should not be written off completely. The area still provides opportunity for relative profitability and career growth throughout the next several years.

      Nevada’s Average Cost of Living Index: 101.5

      • Reno-Sparks, NV – 101.1
      • Las Vegas, NV – 101.9

      29.  New Hampshire Information Technology Jobs and Salaries

      Due to New Hampshire’s high cost of living, residents in the state need to earn an average of $81,700 to achieve a comparable lifestyle to similar professionals living and working elsewhere in the United States. As a whole, the state averages slightly below this number; the only areas in the state to achieve a collective estimated salary above this are the shared Massachusetts-New Hampshire Divisions including:

      • Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
      • Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NEXTA Division
      • Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division
      • Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division

      As far as the individual salaries per occupation, New Hampshire is among the top five states to pay out the highest average annual salary for Computer Network Architects at an average rate of $114,750 per year. Professionals working within this position in the Manchester, NH area earn the highest average in the state at an annual pay of $126,310.

      Software Development professionals concentrating in either Applications or Systems Software also regularly earn 6-figure yearly salaries throughout the state of New Hampshire. These positions are all located in the shared New Hampshire-Massachusetts region, with the exception of Systems Software Developers in Manchester, who earn, on average, $110,130 per year.

      In addition, the state’s entire Computer and Mathematics Occupational Sector is forecasted to grow by 18.12% from 2010 to 2020. The top three fastest growing career paths in the state include:

      Database Administrators

      • 26.5% growth
      • 21 annual job openings

      Software Developers Applications

      • 25.8%  growth
      • 173 annual job openings

      Network and Computer Systems Architects and Administrators

      • 24.2% growth
      • 66 annual job openings

      Overall, the IT job outlook within the state of New Hampshire is fair. The positions within this employment sector are projected to grow within the next few years and bring more jobs into the state. However, with the cost of living so far above average and the salaries just hovering around the adjusted rate, the state does not offer the same high pay opportunities that some of its neighboring states do.

      New Hampshire’s Average Cost of Living Index: 116.8

      • Manchester, NH – 116.8

      30.  New Jersey Jobs and Salaries Related to IT

      There is a lot of opportunity to be had throughout the New Jersey region in terms of computer-related occupations. In comparison to the national average and also when cost of living is taken into account, New Jersey reports above average computer-based salaries estimated around $88,736 per year.

      The state is also listed as offering some of the highest paychecks in the nation to employees in the following positions:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $113,830
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $110,860
      • Computer Network Architects – $105,780
      • Database Administrators – $ 90,170
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – $84,910

      High earnings are not only reported in these few positions either but are available consistently throughout all computer-related job titles. However, to help you earn the most from your skills, outlined below are New Jersey’s top areas for computer-related occupations and the job titles available there that report earnings above the state’s average $88,000 per year.

      Trenton-Ewing, NJ

      This area is a favorite in terms of providing overall higher pay and a higher employment share for computer-based positions throughout the entire state. If you have a choice of where to look for work in the state, our best suggestion is to begin here.

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $99,280[25]
      • Computer Systems Analyst – $89,080
      • Information Security Analysts – $98,090
      • Computer Programmers – $91,980
      • Software Developers, Applications – $90,950
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $119,490[26]
      • Database Administrators – $95,740
      • Computer Network Architects – $109,090

      Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $111,090
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $112,490

      Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $109,660[27]
      • Computer Systems Analysts – $90,160
      • Information Security Analysts – $91,860
      • Software Developers, Applications  - $121,630[28]
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $104,850
      • Computer Network Architects – $111,170

      Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division

      • Computer Systems Analysts – $91,150
      • Information Security Analysts – $95,530
      • Software Developers, Applications – $90,470
      • Software Developers, Systems Software- $108,070
      • Computer Network Architects- $109,690

      Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division

      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $107,780
      • Information Security Analysts – $98,290

      Additionally, if residents of New Jersey choose to commute to shared NY-NJ job areas, they will be capable of reaching even higher earning potentials. These opportunities will be examined in greater detail below under New York’s IT job outlook.

      Finally, New Jersey presents not only a desirable average salary for their computer-related positions but they also are projected to grow their number of computer-based occupations by 12.19% throughout the state. Though this is significantly below the average growth rates for this occupational sector it is due to the fact that New Jersey already holds a high share of the country’s employment for this job category. Ultimately this percentage translates to the addition of 17,300 new jobs in the state over the period from 2010 to 2020.

      The jobs expected to grow the fastest in the state include:

      Software Developers, Systems Software

      • 19.9% growth
      • 2,400 new jobs

      Database Administrators

      • 19.9% growth
      • 700 new jobs

      Network and Computer Systems Architects and Administrators

      • 17.4% growth
      • 1,700 new jobs

      The following positions are forecasted to have the most new jobs added each year over the 2010-2020 period:

      • Computer Systems Analysts – 890 news jobs annually
      • Software Developers Applications – 780 new jobs annually
      • Computer Support Specialists – 540 new jobs annually

      As stated at the beginning of this section, New Jersey offers a lot of potential for IT professionals, and if your goal is to move to an area that offers the most for your skill set then this state should be at the top of your list.

      New Jersey’s Average Cost of Living Index: 128.6

      • Bergen-Passaic, NJ – 131.3
      • Middlesex-Monmouth, NJ – 124.8
      • Newark-Elizabeth, NJ – 129.7

      31.  New Mexico IT Jobs and Salary Report

      New Mexico offers at most a fair outlook for IT professionals seeking to build their careers there. The state estimates an annual salary of $75,360 for all of its computer-related occupations which is a decent amount in terms of the state’s living costs. However, it is only decent and throughout the state the majority of computer-related positions project averages significantly below the typical national rate.

      The only regions that report higher earnings per position to make for a more desirable outlook and offer an increase in disposable income are in Santa Fe and Los Alamos County. In the Santa Fe area, Computer Programmers earn an average of $120,050 and Systems Software Developers are earning $110,300[29]  per year. Computer Systems Analysts in Los Alamos County are also earning well above the national average at $102,040 annually.

      Keep in mind, however, these are dramatic exceptions to the remaining areas and positions within the state. New Mexico holds an overall low employment share for computer-related positions and, according to its 2010-2020 report, this is not expected to change any time soon. The state is only projected to grow its computer-related occupational sector by 570 new positions annually for the 2010-2020 period.

      Of the expected growth, Systems Software Engineers are the only position forecasted for above average growth at 32.7% and 80 annual openings. The remaining occupations will experience average or lower than average growth as outlined below.

      Average Projected Growth 2010-2020:

      • Network and Systems Administrators
      • Systems Analysts
      • Application Developers
      • Database Administrators

      Below Average Projected Growth 2010-2020:

      • Computer Programmers
      • Computer and Information Research Scientists

      While the expected average earnings for this field of work are decent in comparison to the state’s cost of living, the opportunities for growth and salary increases are not as appealing. If you are willing to look outside of New Mexico for career opportunities then your outlook will become overall much more attractive.

      New Mexico’s Average Cost of Living Index: 98.95

      • Carlsbad, NM – 95.4
      • Farmington, NM – 97
      • Las Cruces, NM – 100.6
      • Rio Rancho, NM – 95.1
      • Roswell, NM – 95.9
      • Los Alamos, NM – 109.7

      32.  New York IT Jobs and Salaries

      When it comes to the IT job outlook in New York most of it all boils down to one thing, location. The costs required to even live in the state alone can be upwards of 116 points above the national average or it could be 5points below it all depends on where you are willing to live. If you are dead set on working in Manhattan and living in an Upper East Side apartment, then you simply should not bank on your computer-based occupation getting you there because the average pay for these professionals in the city doesn’t even come close to what it costs to live there.

      If you are willing to be a little more flexible, however, then there are plenty of options throughout the state of New York that can meet your needs, without putting you into debt. For those who have an insatiable thirst to work in the concrete jungle of New York City, then simply find a place in New Jersey and commute. You get the big city paycheck, averaging around $90,000, without the big city costs. Cost of living in Newark, NJ is still above average but manageable with the higher earnings you will receive in the city. The best paying jobs in the city itself include:

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division

      • Computer Systems Analysts – $94,900
      • Information Security Analysts – $117,860
      • Software Developers, Applications – $105,780
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $107,440
      • Computer Network Architects – $109,610

      New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $99,560[30]
      • Information Security Analysts – $112,720
      • Software Developers, Applications – $104,090
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $105,430
      • Computer Network Architects – $108,900

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $105,570[31]
      • Information Security Analysts – $104,300
      • Software Developers, Applications – $96,320
      • Computer Network Architects – $95,390

      The best bet, however, to make a decent living relative to the area’s cost of living is to relocate to one of New York’s lower cost of living areas. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy area is the best suggestion and it also holds the highest employment share for computer-related positions in the state. In this area the average salary you can expect from an IT position will be slightly above the average you would need in terms of cost of living, as compared to the United States as a whole. Other areas that offer similar circumstances include Binghamton, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica.

      These are definitely not the most glamorous areas of the state but they do offer the best salaries in regards to the area’s living costs.

      Additionally, these regions may offer the best chances at securing a position in the computer occupation sector. According to the state’s 2008-2018 report, New York only expects total job growth over the ten year period to equal 550 new jobs. This is a very low number especially given the fact that the United States’ most populated city is located in the state. Given the competition within the city, it may prove more beneficial to move your career to one of the state’s less populated areas.

      Also know that the only computer-related job title growing at any noteworthy rate throughout New York is that of Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts at a total percent change of 40.9% and annual job openings averaging around 100 positions. This is the computer-related position the majority of New York’s employers are currently hiring for, and is your best bet at getting hired in the state.

      New York’s Average Cost of Living Index: 126.35

      • Albany, NY – 108.1
      • Binghamton, NY – 98.4
      • Buffalo, NY – 95.8
      • Ithaca, NY – 102.8
      • Plattsburgh, NY – 100.1
      • Rochester, NY – 100
      • Syracuse, NY – 101.5
      • Dutchess County, NY – 120.4
      • Glens Falls, NY – 112.3
      • Nassau County, NY – 145.7
      • New York (Brooklyn), NY- 181.7
      • New York (Manhattan), NY – 216.7
      • New York (Queens), NY – 159

      33.  North Carolina IT Job Outlook and Salary Information

      The below average living costs throughout the majority of North Carolina combined with job salaries near their equivalent national rates contributes to very lucrative possibilities for IT professionals living and working within this area.

      In addition to this, the state is also expected to see an increase of 3,280 jobs annually at a rate of 1.8% growth throughout the period from 2008 to 2018. Of this growth, the Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts group is growing the fastest at 45.33%. Computer Programmers are also the only group to witness employment declines through 2018 with a total loss estimated around 11.98%. This group will only be hiring for replacement positions, which has become the consistent trend throughout much of the United States.

      The majority of the state’s metropolitan areas offer competitive salaries relative to the region’s economy. The only areas that offer an overall lower average salary for the entire computer-related occupations group in comparison to the region’s costs are Ashville, Greenville, and Wilmington, NC.

      The best areas to begin your North Carolina job search are those with a higher job concentration and include the Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, Raleigh-Cary, NC, and Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC regions. Additionally, the state boasts high average salaries for job titles within specific regions. Below are the most lucrative jobs to pursue and where to do so in North Carolina:

      Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill

      • Computer Network Architects – $101,430 annually

      Durham-Chapel Hill

      • Computer Programmers – $104,910[32] annually

      Jacksonville

      • Computer Systems Analysts – $101,640
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $155,950[33]

      Overall, the job outlook is high for IT professionals in North Carolina and if you can play your cards right by getting into some of the state’s high paying job roles in the right locations you will quickly begin reaping the benefits that come with working in this state.

      North Carolina’s Average Cost of Living Index: 97.09

      • Asheville, NC – 101.1
      • Burlington, NC – 94.6
      • Charlotte, NC – 93.2
      • Durham, NC – 96.6
      • Fayetteville, NC – 95.2
      • Greenville, NC – 98.5
      • Hickory, NC – 92.9
      • Jacksonville, NC – 96.5
      • Kinston, NC – 93.8
      • Marion-McDowell County, NC – 92.1
      • Raleigh, NC – 98.2
      • Thomasville-Lexington, NC – 89.2
      • Wilmington, NC – 98.8
      • Winston-Salem, NC – 92.4
      • Chapel Hill, NC – 113
      • Dare County, NC – 107.3

      34.  North Dakota Outlook and Salaries for Information Technology Jobs

      While you won’t be making close to the national average salaries for computer-related occupations in North Dakota, you will still be making plenty more than what the state’s cost of living demands. The annual salary average of $59,637 doesn’t not sound like much compared to other states but throughout this region it translates to significant purchasing power. All areas within North Dakota are estimated to offer a similar average salary between $56,000 and $59,000.

      The highest earning area for computer-related occupations is reported in North Dakota’s west central non-metropolitan portion of the state. This region projects average annual salaries for its computer-based workforce to be at $65,000.

      Additionally, computer-related positions in the state are experiencing high job growth now and through 2020 at an estimated total increase of 22.7%. All occupations are also realizing individual annualized growth rates at or above 2%, with the exception of Computer Programmers at 1.1% and the collective group of Information Security Analysts, Web Developers and Network Architects that are witnessing a 1.7% annual rise. During the period between 2010 and 2020, North Dakota projects the opening of 2,427 new computer-related positions in the state.

      Throughout the state, the projected earnings for individual occupations remain consistent. So there aren’t any standout players in this field but the presence of high job growth and the consistent wages necessary for a decent living brings a level of stability that can be appreciated.

      North Dakota’s Average Cost of Living Index: 95.97

      • Bismarck-Mandan, ND – 95.3
      • Minot, ND – 99.9
      • Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN – 92.7

      35.  Ohio IT Job Study

      Similar to North Dakota, computer professionals in Ohio do not make above and beyond the national industry average for their occupations but due to the low cost area in which they live they still do well for themselves. Also similar to the previous state, professionals consistently earn about the same for their profession no matter where in the state they live. The average salaries are not as equal as they were in North Dakota, but generally speaking those living in Ohio’s larger metropolitan areas will earn around $73,000 a year while those in non-metropolitan areas will make around $55,000. However, this gap is not as bad as it may seem given the fact that in this region a salary around $60,000 is considered average in terms of the average cost it takes to live there.

      Additionally, the state is forecasted for 18.1% job growth during the period between 2010 and 2020. This along with replacement factors equates to roughly 4,569 new job openings within the computer occupations sector alone. The state also projects that the following four positions will experience individual job growth above the national average for the same ten year period.

      1. Software Developers, Systems Software at a 28.8% growth
      2. Database Administrators at a 26.6% growth
      3. Software Developers, Applications at a 24.6% growth
      4. Network and Computer Systems Administrators at a 23.1% growth

      Ohio is actively filling new positions for this sector and offering competitive salaries for this region. While it may not be numerically above the national rates it is still at a comparable level and will offer professionals a desirable opportunity for growth and a decent sized salary on which to live.

      Ohio’s Average Cost of Living Index: 93.8

      • Akron, OH – 100.2
      • Ashland, OH – 88.5
      • Cincinnati, OH – 93.8
      • Cleveland, OH – 101
      • Columbus, OH – 92
      • Dayton , OH – 91.4
      • Findlay , OH – 94.3
      • Lima, OH – 93.1
      • Wooster, OH – 92.6
      • Youngstown-Warren, OH – 90.4
      • Troy-Miami County, OH – 95.4

      36.  Oklahoma Information Technology Jobs and Salaries

      When pursuing a computer-related career in Oklahoma make sure to look within the metropolitan areas. The state’s non-metropolitan areas offer significantly less earnings and are even below average even in relation to the already low cost of living in the region.

      The state as a whole only offers slightly above average wages to workers within this job sector and the number of positions available is only expected to grow 14.35% overall during the period between 2008 and 2018. However, three positions are projected to witness above average job increases:

      • Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts – 49.57% growth
      • Computer Software Engineers, Applications – 34.46% growth
      • Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software – 24.26% growth

      Oklahoma predicts around 970 new and replacement openings each year, of which 3,960 will be solely new employees by the end of 2018. Overall, the job outlook in Oklahoma is decent but not nearly as favorable as some of the surrounding states in terms of pay relative to the region’s cost of living as well as the availability of new job openings.

      Oklahoma’s Average Cost of Living Index: 90.13

      • Ardmore, OK – 87.3
      • Edmond, OK – 91.6
      • Enid, OK – 93.6
      • Lawton, OK – 93.8
      • Muskogee, OK – 86
      • Norman, OK – 94.4
      • Stillwater, OK – 90.1
      • Tulsa, OK – 88.4
      • Oklahoma City, OK – 91.7
      • Ponca City, OK – 90
      • Pryor Creek, OK – 84.5

      37.  Oregon Computer Related Jobs and Salaries

      Oregon is number one in the country for paying their Computer Network Architects the highest annual salaries on an average of $115,520[34] per year. If you happen to be in this position then definitely consider the move to Oregon and more specifically to the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA and Salem, OR areas which offer the most at $125,520[35] and $100,740[36] respectively.

      If you are not currently in this job role or seeking to break into it, then think twice about moving your computer-related career to this state. Oregon’s cost of living, as averaged from the two major areas in the state, is around 11% higher than the U.S. average but the annual salaries throughout the state for this occupation sector do not reflect the same average increase. The state’s average salary for computer-related positions is around $77,500, which is just slightly above what it needs to be in regards to living costs, however, this can be contributed to just a few outliers in the state.

      If you need to find an IT position within Oregon outside of becoming a Network Architect then look in the Corvallis and Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA areas. Below are the top positions in each of these areas that boast average salaries over the state’s average and will allow for a comfortable lifestyle based on the area’s costs.

      Corvallis, OR

      • Software Developers, Applications at $84,520[37] annually
      • Software Developers, Systems Software at $99,450 annually
      • Computer Network Architects at $91,2000[38] annually

      Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

      • Computer Systems Analysts at $87,370 annually
      • Software Developers, Applications at $91,080 annually
      • Software Developers, Systems Software at $98,800 annually
      • Computer Network Architects at $125,520 annually

      The state does project job growth up to 21% from 2010 to 2020, this translates to 7,634 new positions over ten years and together with replacements will equal 14,801 total openings, in the computer-related occupational sector. Computer Support Specialists will add the most jobs at a total of 3,762 positions while Computer and Information Research Scientists will experience the highest percent growth at 26.7%. Some other notable opportunities will be in the positions of Applications Systems Developers at 24.7% and 2,873 openings and Computer Programmers at 24.9% growth and 1,575 total openings.

      Despite the occupational growth, if salaries for these positions do not equal or exceed the $77,500 average for the state, it will decrease the overall purchasing power of your paycheck. If that is the case and you have the luxury of looking elsewhere for a position then you shouldn’t write off that option, as it could provide a much more lucrative career and living for you.

      Oregon’s Average Cost of Living Index: 110.55

      • Eugene, OR – 109.8
      • Portland, OR – 111.3

      38.  Pennsylvania IT Jobs and Salaries

      Pennsylvania is a great option for any IT professional to live. The relatively average cost of living in the state combined with its close proximity to the Maryland-DC-Virginia and New York-New Jersey areas of high employment and earnings make this the ideal location.

      Residents of Pennsylvania can earn significantly higher wages and maximize their disposable income by commuting to these high volume hubs for computer-related work. The best areas to commute to and earn significantly more than the salary average you need are:

      • Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division
      • New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
      • Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
      • Baltimore-Washington, DC Metropolitan Division

      However, if you don’t want to commute the opportunities within the state will still prove lucrative. Pennsylvania professionals earn on average $78,550 dollars per year close to $10,000 above what the cost of living average would demand. The best areas to search for positions are in the state’s metropolitan divisions as listed below along with the highest paying positions in each area.

      Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ – $79,255 annually

      • Software Developers Systems Software – $105,880[39]
      • Web Developers – $81,690[40]
      • Computer Network Architects – $90,090

      Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division – $84,656 annually

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $94,050
      • Computer Systems Analysts – $91,630
      • Information Security Analysts – $96,330
      • Software Developers, Applications – $96,440
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $100,820
      • Computer Network Architects – $108,110[41]

      Pittsburgh, PA – $73,600 annually

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $105,590[42]

      The state is also experiencing high growth for this occupational sector at 11.6% from 2010 through 2020, equaling the opening of 3,609 new positions each year. Computer Programming is the only job not forecasted to hire for growth positions only replacements. On the other hand, the highest growth is expected for Systems Software Developers at 28.3% and Computer Support Specialists will hire the most new employees annually at approximately 783 positions.

      Overall, the opportunity both in the state and its bordering regions can prove very profitable for Pennsylvania residents in the computer-related occupational sector. This should be one area that job seekers consider fully when looking to relocate.

      Pennsylvania’s Average Cost of Living Index: 100.62

      • Erie, PA – 92.1
      • Harrisburg, PA – 99.7
      • Johnstown, PA – 92.9
      • Lancaster, PA – 106.8
      • Philadelphia, PA – 126.5
      • Pittsburgh, PA – 91.5
      • Indiana County, PA – 93.3
      • Williamsport-Lycoming County, PA – 100.7
      • York County, PA – 102.1

      39.  Rhode Island Information Technology Job and Salary Study

      Due to the state’s high cost of living, IT professionals wishing to make their careers in this state need to focus on positions that will earn them over $80,000 per year in order to live comfortably in relation to the economic costs associated with Rhode Island. However, the state’s average salary for computer-related occupations only comes to $79,897 per year.

      There a few standout positions in the state though that earn on average well above this average salary, including:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientist – $105,790
      • Information Security Analysts – $94,990
      • Software Developers, Applications – $94,420
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $101,990
      • Computer Network Architects – $91,350

      These positions can be found both in the state’s capital of Providence, Rhode Island and in the Norwich-New London, CT-RI region of the state. Keep in mind that growth in this state is only projected for a total of 18.3% during the 2010-2020 period. This equates to 2,190 new positions due to growth and, in total, the state projects 4,520 positions to open over the course of the ten year period.

      While you can find positions in the state that make over the average annual salary professionals need for living in Rhode Island, understand the pay will still be below the averages similar professionals within the field earn. Overall, IT professionals will earn at a loss compared to what they pay to live in the area and it could be beneficial to look elsewhere in the nation for a more profitable opportunity.

      Rhode Island’s Average Cost of Living Index: 123.3

      • Providence, RI – 123.3

      40.  South Carolina IT Job Outlook and Salary Information

      In South Carolina the average salaries for computer-related occupations typically fall within $2,000 of the state’s cost of living adjusted average. Professionals seeking to move into this area should understand that the earnings made in this state will typically fall around $65,000, significantly lower than the national average for this industry.

      While professionals working in South Carolina can still make a decent living, it will most likely not amount to a stellar paycheck. Some areas to definitely avoid working in are the Myrtle Beach and Florence areas that are earning much below the state’s average at $53,090 and $53,960, respectively.

      As far as opportunity goes, the best area to look for open positions is the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC region that is earning on average $82,751; this is a huge jump from the state’s other divisions. In this area, the individual averages for all computer-related positions, except for Computer Support Specialists, are above the state’s $75,000 annual average.

      Additionally, the state is expecting average growth for this entire job sector at 1.9% per year amounting to the addition of 5,320 new positions over the course of a decade. Overall, job opportunities and high earnings are not readily available throughout South Carolina. If it is possible to move your computer-related position to another area of the country then your earning potential and disposable income can increase considerably.

      South Carolina’s Average Cost of Living Index: 98.78  

      • Anderson, SC – 91.8
      • Beaufort, SC – 105.2
      • Camden, SC – 97.4
      • Columbia, SC – 100.4
      • Greenville, SC – 90.3
      • Sumter, SC – 96.3
      • Charleston-N Charleston, SC – 98.3
      • Hilton Head Island, SC – 114.1
      • Myrtle Beach, SC – 95.2

      41.  South Dakota Computer Related Jobs Information

      Despite showing clear signs of growth for their computer-related job population, South Dakota does not have the established demand and pay to justify this state as being even a decent option for job seekers. Annual salaries for computer positions come to only $56,650, below even the state’s adjusted average for its cost of living.

      In addition, job growth throughout the state is only expected to rise by 875 new positions over a ten year period. While some jobs such as Systems Software Developers are growing at above average rates the job population is currently so small that it only translates to a handful of new positions.

      The state as a whole is only hiring an average of 25 employees for each job category per year. Some positions are only hiring a single person per year and the most being hired for any single job title is 77 positions of Computer Support Specialists, the lowest paying job in the state.

      The best suggestion for this state is to move your computer-based career out of it as there are no signs that you will be making the most out of the valuable skill sets you possess by staying here.

      South Dakota’s Average Cost of Living Index: 94.1

      • Sioux Falls, SD – 94.1

      42.  Tennessee Information  Technology Jobs Report

      Tennessee’s low cost of living makes the state’s $69,016 average annual salary a sizable amount. Some portions of the state are as low as fifteen points below the national average cost of living index so it is easy to see how this can go far in terms of disposable income throughout the southern state of Tennessee.

      A decent living can be made from computer-related occupations throughout the entire state as well. The only area that should be truly avoided in terms of job hunting is the city of Jackson, Tennessee where the average earnings only amount to $54,710. The most money can of course be made in the state’s metropolitan areas including Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville.

      The entire state also projects a 13.46% increase in its computer-related occupations sector during the decade between 2008 and 2018. Over this time period, all occupations are expected to grow an average of 1% each year. Computer and Information Research Scientists and Computer Programmers will both experience negative growth while Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts will grow the fastest at an annual rate of 4.1%.

      The many specific computer-based job titles are also reporting similar average salaries throughout the state, relative to the living costs in the area. There are two exceptions to this and the most notable is in Johnson City. In this area of Tennessee, Systems Software Developers report average annual earnings at $124,050[43].  Then in the non-metropolitan area of Eastern Tennessee Computer Network Architects witness average salaries at $106,570.

      If you happen to have the skills for either of these positions, then the opportunity to substantially increase your disposable income is available in Tennessee. However, if these are not your areas of expertise, then you may want to consider the well-paying opportunities available elsewhere in the nation.

      Tennessee’s Average Cost of Living Index: 89.53

      • Chattanooga, TN – 91.1
      • Clarksville, TN – 93
      • Cleveland, TN – 93.4
      • Cookeville, TN – 85.7
      • Dyersburg, TN – 88.6
      • Knoxville, TN – 89.4
      • Memphis, TN – 88.2
      • Morristown, TN – 90.9
      • Murfreesboro-Smyrna, TN – 88.2
      • Nashville-Franklin, TN – 88.9
      • Jackson-Madison County, TN – 90.2
      • Johnson City, TN – 86.7

      43.  Texas IT Jobs and Salary Report

      Due to the sheer size of the state, Texas is home to the majority of the United States’ computer-related occupations. Additionally, the 22.8% growth in this area translates to an increase in employment by 59,550 positions over the ten year period between 2010 and 2020.

      Despite having an abundance of positions available, many of the areas in the state are offering below average annual wages even with the lower cost of living taken into account. The areas in the state that are offering competitive salaries and should be at the center of your job search include:

      • Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos
      • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
      • Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division
      • Fort Worth-Arlington
      • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
      • San Antonio- New Braunfels
      • Sherman-Denison

      The area of Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown is a number one choice for IT professionals with an average annual salary of $82,612, significantly above what the state’s adjusted average is calculated at. Additionally this area boasts a wide variety of profitable positions including:

      • Computer Systems Analysts – $96,320
      • Information Security Analysts – $94,850[44]
      • Software Developers, Applications – $95,000
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – $89,440

      Other standout salaries in the state of Texas include:

      • Systems Software Developers in San Antonio earn $127,830[45]
      • Applications Software Developers in Sherman-Denison earn $102,550
      • Database Administrators in Amarillo earn $91,780[46]
      • Computer Network Architects in Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos earn $105,940

      There is a lot of opportunity in Texas so long as you know where to look. By concentrating your search to the areas identified above you will be sure to find the available positions that will reward the most for your talents.

      Texas’ Average Cost of Living Index: 91.25

      • Amarillo, TX – 89.5
      • Arlington, TX – 99.3
      • Austin, TX – 95.5
      • Beaumont, TX – 95.7
      • Brazoria County, TX – 89.3
      • Brownsville, TX – 85.8
      • Conroe, TX – 91.4
      • Dallas, TX – 91.9
      • Fort Worth, TX – 91.1
      • Harlingen, TX – 82.8
      • Houston, TX – 92.2
      • Lubbock, TX – 89.1
      • Lufkin, TX – 92.4
      • McAllen, TX – 85
      • Midland, TX – 93.2
      • Nacogdoches, TX – 92.5
      • Odessa, TX – 90.9
      • Paris, TX – 88.9
      • Plano, TX – 97.4
      • San Angelo, TX – 92.4
      • San Antonio, TX – 95.7
      • Seguin, TX – 90.7
      • Temple, TX – 87.4
      • Tyler, TX – 96.3
      • Waco, TX – 88.9
      • Weatherford, TX – 91.4
      • Corpus Christi, TX – 90.8
      • El Paso, TX – 90.4
      • Round Rock, TX – 89.7
      • San Marcos, TX – 94.8
      • Wichita Falls, TX – 86.5

      44.  Utah IT Job and Salary Report

      Utah is one of the few states to show positive growth throughout all of its computer-related job titles. Additionally, its annual average growth is one of the highest at 3.1% for a total of 1,020 new jobs and 620 replacements available.

      While the state is growing its computer-related occupation force substantially now and until 2020, the pay available in some of the region’s areas is much below average. When it comes to searching for positions within Utah, it is suggested to limit your search to three main metropolitan areas:

      1. Ogden-Clearfield
      2. Salt Lake City
      3. Provo-Orem

      These regions report average annual salaries around $70,000 and they hold the highest amount of employment shares in the state. If you are going to find a computer-related position that pays decent in the state of Utah, then chances are you will find it here. Unlike some other states, Utah does not project any standout salaries for certain job roles. Instead, all reported average salaries in the three areas mentioned above seem to be relatively consistent to the national averages once the state’s lower cost of living is calculated into the equation.

      So while you may not earn a paycheck that will have you living large you will be able to live comfortably in the state of Utah. Not to mention that with the substantial growth the state is seeing throughout this job sector, salaries may start a steady climb over the next few years as the industry takes off in the state, so try not to write off this up-and-comer just yet.

      Utah’s Average Cost of Living Index: 95.2

      • Logan, UT – 95.6
      • Cedar City, UT – 88.7
      • Salt Lake City, UT – 100.6
      • St. George, UT – 95.9

      45.  Vermont Computer Related Jobs and Salaries

      Vermont’s high living cost and low average annual salaries makes this a very undesirable state for professionals wishing to start or continue their computer-related careers. The average salary stands at $68,630 which stays fairly consistent no matter which area of the state you are in, however, it is still not a high enough average salary in comparison to the fact that it costs residents 20 index points more than the average to live there.

      Additionally, the state is predicting low growth rates through 2020 at an annual average of 1.6% equaling a total of 222 new and replacement positions each year. So unless you can grab one of the 29 Applications Software Development, 22 Systems Software Development, 15 Systems Analysts or 9 Database Administration positions that opens up this year, the best suggestion to give is to look for an opening in a different state. While these positions will earn Vermont professionals, on average, over $80,000 per year, it will still be a significantly lower salary than you could get elsewhere for doing the same work.

      Vermont’s Average Cost of Living Index: 120.5

      • Burlington-Chittenden County, VT – 120.5

      46.  Virginia IT Jobs and Salaries Report

      Virginia plans to hire 66,340 new Computer Specialist positions during the 2010-2020 decade and if you want to earn the most in whatever computer-related occupation you are in then this is the state to check out. All positions are expected to grow during this time but the fastest growth rate is projected for Systems Software Developers at 53.6% and a total of 16,813 new jobs added. Virginia’s location near DC also opens up this state’s new positions to include some of the nation’s highest paid jobs with many averaging in the six-figures.

      Additionally, the below average cost of living within the state makes these well-paying positions even more lucrative for the professionals earning them. Even if you do not want to tackle the commute into the Alexandria-Arlington-DC area for the over $90,000 average salaries, there are still other areas in the state that can provide good pay relative to the living costs.

      Virginia’s Charlottesville area projects average annual salaries for computer professionals to be at $74,651, Richmond offers $79,080 and the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News area is at $73,730. All areas earn the relative average in terms of the region’s cost of living. While professionals working within these areas naturally won’t be earning near what their peers will in the DC metropolitan area, they will still do well for themselves.

      Aside from the high-paying positions in the DC-VA metropolitan area, the computer-based occupations in Virginia all offer annual averages relative to the national rate. Only a few positions in these areas offer salaries significantly above the national averages including:

      Computer Systems Analysts

      • $99,450 annually in Charlottesville

      Systems Software Developers

      • $122,640 annually in Southwestern Virginia’s non-metropolitan area

      Information Security Analysts

      • $105,510[47] annually in the Northeastern non-metropolitan area

      Systems Software Developers

      • $116,700 annually in the Northeastern non-metropolitan area

      Overall, there is a lot of opportunity in Virginia whether in the high density areas of Alexandria-Arlington or in the state’s non-metropolitan areas, there are plenty of well-paying jobs available to professionals in computer-related careers.

      Virginia’s Average Cost of Living Index: 98.52

      • Blacksburg, VA – 95
      • Charlottesville, VA – 107
      • Harrisonburg, VA – 97
      • Lynchburg, VA – 95.1
      • Martinsville-Henry County, VA – 87.1
      • Richmond, VA – 104.5
      • Roanoke, VA – 94.1
      • Staunton-Augusta County, VA – 96.2
      • Hampton Roads SE Virginia, VA – 111.7
      • Lexington-Buena Vista-Rockbridge, VA – 93.7
      • Winchester, VA-WV    – 102.3

      47.  Washington Information Technology Jobs and Salaries

      Currently, the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division is one of the U.S. areas with the highest employment and that probably won’t change through 2021. This area projects additional employment growth through 2016 to average 2.8% per year and 2.0% from 2016 to 2021. Overall, this contributes to 5,248 new positions added due to growth alone in a single decade for computer-related occupations. To put this in perspective, the entire state of Washington is forecasted to add 6,381 new growth positions during the same time period.

      Needless to say if you want to move your computer-related career to Washington then your best bet for finding a job will be in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area. In addition, this region along with the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area boast some of the highest salaries in the state, on average professionals earn the following annual earnings per position in these areas:

      • Computer and Information Research Scientists – $106,240[48]
      • Computer Systems Analysts – $98,980[49]
      • Information Security Analysts – $96,550
      • Computer Programmers – $95,960
      • Software Developers, Applications – $101,910
      • Software Developers, Systems Software – $106,090
      • Database Administrators – $90,340
      • Computer Network Architects – $101,760

      Even with the higher cost of living indexes for this area, these positions still pay well over average and will definitely offer a comfortable lifestyle for the Washington area. If you are actively seeking in the Seattle area, while all job roles are growing, Applications Developers are adding the most new jobs throughout at the next few years totaling 1,076 positions due to growth. If you are an Applications Developer or just beginning to break into the field, Seattle offers an excellent opportunity to find a profitable position.

      Seattle is not the only area where you will find great computer-related job opportunities, the entire state of Washington offers well-paying positions in this field. Again, Software Developers, Applications can earn well into the $90,000 range throughout much of the state and even in some non-metropolitan areas. Systems Software Developers and Network Architects are also earning average salaries relatively well for the cost of living throughout Washington.

      Overall, with a positive growth and high average earnings, this state offers much opportunity for those both beginning and advancing their computer-related careers.

      Washington’s Average Cost of Living Index: 104.04

      • Bellingham, WA – 113
      • Everett, WA – 111.3
      • Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA – 92.6
      • Olympia, WA – 104.1
      • Seattle, WA – 121.4
      • Spokane, WA – 93.9
      • Tacoma, WA – 109.5
      • Vancouver, WA – 94.8
      • Yakima, WA – 95.8

      48.  West Virginia IT Jobs and Salaries

      Unless you are planning to only live in West Virginia and commute to the Maryland, DC or Virginia areas to work, then this state should be avoided in terms of finding a great computer-related position. Within itself, West Virginia does not offer IT professionals a lot of opportunity for finding an open position that pays well in their field.

      The state only projects adding 324 total positions from growth and replacement each year between 2010 and 2020, equaling a 1.22% growth rate. Systems Software Developers are expected to see the highest growth at 3.08% but this only translates to 32 new jobs annually. Computer Support Specialists will add the most jobs annually at 89, which is still minuscule compared to the majority of the nation’s states.

      If you are still adamant about building your computer-related career inside the state of West Virginia, understand your average annual salary will only come to roughly $60,000, below average even with the lower living cost taken into account. Now if you can handle the commute then you can live in the mountains and still earn a more deserved salary in the Western Maryland, DC and Virginia areas. By working in one of these areas you can expect your yearly pay to increase by almost 40% and come closer to the national rate at $82,605 per year.

      When it comes to earning the most for your skills, the only way to do so in West Virginia is to make the commute to other higher earning states.

      West Virginia’s Average Cost of Living Index: 93.85

      • Charleston, WV – 92.7
      • Clarksburg, WV – 95

      49.  Wisconsin IT Job and Salary Information

      Due to the majority of the state’s low cost of living indexes, salaries for computer-related professions in the Wisconsin area stand slightly above the relative average for the state at $71,192. However, if you want to make more than this you need to look for positions in the areas Wisconsin borders. The highest paying areas throughout the region include:

      • Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI – $81,350 annually
      • Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division – $74,814 annually
      • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI – $82,849 annually

      By living in Wisconsin and commuting into these areas you will easily make more than the averages throughout the remaining portions of the state and increase your disposable income substantially.

      Even if you choose to work solely within the state borders, you will still make a decent living from your computer-related position and judging from the state’s 2010-2020 employment projections, you should also have plenty of opportunity to find the job you want in Wisconsin. The state forecasts 20.9% growth during the decade for this occupational sector and the opening of 23,860 new and replacement positions during the same time frame.

      Additionally, each job title is expected to grow its force by the thousands with the exception of Computer and Information Research Scientists that is still projecting 33.3% job growth. The most opportunities in the state will come from openings as:

      • Computer Support Specialists – 5,680 positions
      • Computer Systems Analysts – 4.640 positions
      • Software Developers, Applications – 3,100 positions
      • Network and Computer Systems Administrators – 3,100 positions

      Overall, the state shows great opportunities for finding a position in the computer-related field of your choice and no matter if you work in the state or in any number of its bordering states the salary earned will go a long way in the state of Wisconsin.

      Wisconsin’s Average Cost of Living Index: 96.54

      • Appleton, WI – 93.3
      • Janesville, WI – 96.2
      • Marshfield, WI – 94.2
      • Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI – 101.9
      • Sheboygan, WI – 101.4
      • Wausau, WI – 96.5
      • Eau Claire, WI – 93.7
      • Green Bay, WI – 95.1

      50.  Wyoming IT Job Outlook and Salary Information

      When it comes to computer-related positions, there’s not much to say about the Wyoming job outlook. The state doesn’t support many computer-based occupations to begin with and even though the state projects job growth at 17.38% for these positions between 2012 and 2022 it only equals 486 new positions added in 10 years. Additionally, the state only forecasts replacing 233 positions during the same time frame.

      The salaries for these positions are also very low throughout the state and average around $58,710 per year. For a state that reports an average cost of living index around the national rate this projected salary is far from what computer professionals should be earning. All and in all the best advice to give for this state is simple, if you have the opportunity to look elsewhere for a computer-related profession then do so.

      Wyoming’s Average Cost of Living Index: 98.75

      • Cheyenne, WY – 100.5
      • Laramie, WY – 97

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      Footnotes:

      [1] Calculated at a 18.6% RSE

      [2] All cost of living indexes were released in 2012, however, the data is reflective from 2010 and based on an average of 100 points; any index above 100 reflects a higher cost of living and below 100 is lower.

      [3] Calculated at a 5.4% RSE

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