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Tech capital of Texas? Dallas-area salaries catching up to Austin’s

North Texas tech compensation is climbing.
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Dallas made up some ground last year with tech salaries, nearly catching Austin – but it’s still trailing many in the U.S.

The region saw average tech-oriented salaries jump nearly 6 percent to $95,002 annually, according to the Dice 2020 Tech Salary Report. That put it at No. 13 in the country and among the biggest gainers for the year. It was No. 19 in the previous survey.

Dallas' performance placed it just behind Austin, a Texas metro in which more of its economy is reliant on tech-centric companies. The capital metro gained 4 percent between 2019 and 2018, the report said.

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While Dallas is making up ground, it still has a substantial gap with the top players. The Silicon Valley easily took No. 1 with a salary of $123,826. No. 2 Seattle came in at $109,628, edging out San Diego and Boston.

Four other metros handed out more than $100,000, including the Washington, D.C. area.

Still, the research shows that Dallas salaries have gained about 6 percent for two consecutive years now. That’s much more than the barely measurable gain of 0.1 percent in 2017 following an increase of 2.1 percent in 2016. The metro actually had placed No. 10 for two years before it fell to No. 19.

The Dallas area is getting more traction with tech as local companies expand and is attracting more businesses from outside the region. Uber, Salesforce and others are among those big tech names investing in the area.

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Nationally, the salary in the technology industry hit $94,000, up 1.3 percent – a much slower rate than Dallas'.

The biggest gainers in the survey included Columbus, Ohio, St. Louis and Atlanta with 10 percent or more in 2019.

The top six metros boosted salaries by between about 2 percent and 5 percent.

Dice provides data and career opportunities for technology professionals while helping recruiters and employers seeking tech talent.

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