The Best US Cities For High-Paying Software Engineer Jobs In 2022 – CRN

Here are the top 25 cities paying software engineers over $200,000 in total compensation, according to a new report by anonymous employee professional network Blind.
Best Paying Cities For Programmers, Developers and Software Engineers
Software engineers looking to make north of $200,000 in total compensation per year should know about the best cities to earn top compensation in the United States.
From cities in California and Washington state to New York and Massachusetts, anonymous professional social network Blind analyzed the base salaries and total compensation of software engineers depending on what U.S. city they worked in.
A software engineer’s total compensation typically includes their annual base salary and stock-based compensation, and in some cases, an additional cash bonus.
Blind discovered that many of the best-paying cities for software engineers are in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area in California, but many cities on the East Coast and places like Washington state are not too far behind. Although not cracking the top 25 best-paying cities, places like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Charlotte, Miami, Milwaukee, Newark and Richmond, the average compensation in these places is between $150,000 to $195,000 for software engineers.
“The compensation data suggests the tech industry is expanding beyond the top tech hubs,” said San Francisco-based Blind in its best-paying cities report.
Blind used data from its more than five million verified professionals using its platform. Cities are ranked by the average total compensation, including salary, stock-based compensation and cash bonuses.
Here are the top 25 U.S. cities where software engineers can earn more than $200,000 in average total compensation.
Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at


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