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Hotspots for Startup IT Jobs

For those who can handle the risks of a tech startup job (of which there are many), the eventual rewards can be worth it. There are the immediate benefits of a more relaxed culture typically, compared to larger tech companies. And, if the product is something you believe in, long hours helping a smaller company to succeed may feel like a better use of your skills than working to keep a larger company at the top. If you're looking to be part of the next big tech startup, here are the cities you should focus on when searching for IT jobs.

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Hotspots for Startup IT Jobs

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Rank Metro Area Tech Startup
Median Annual Pay
Tech Startup Worker Ratio Hotspot Score for Startup IT Jobs
1 San Francisco, CA $84,400 2.5 3.3
2 Austin, TX $66,600 2.3 2.4
3 Seattle, WA $74,900 2.0 2.4
4 Salt Lake City, UT $61,400 1.9 1.8
5 Denver, CO $65,300 1.7 1.8
6 Boston, MA $74,100 1.5 1.8
7 Raleigh, NC $63,900 1.6 1.6
8 Atlanta, GA $64,800 1.3 1.3
9 Washington, DC $75,400 1.1 1.2
10 Los Angeles, CA $69,000 1.1 1.2
  National Data (US) $63,800 1.0 1.0
The tech startup hotspot score for each US metro area is an index based on the number of startup IT jobs available per capita in that location and how well those jobs pay, compared to the national average. An index higher than 1 means the metro area offers a better combination of those two factors than the national average.