Chapter 5

Tech Salaries in the Midwest

Sure, the cost of living is more affordable in the Midwest than on the coasts. But doesn’t that mean tech salaries are lower, too?

Not necessarily!

For a number of the most common jobs at tech startups, Midwest tech salaries are pretty comparable to what similar positions pay in the Golden State and the Big Apple. But when you factor in the Midwest’s more affordable costs for housing, dining, entertainment, and more—that’s when you see that even a slightly lower salary in the Midwest can actually translate to more money in your pocket.

The numbers tell the whole story. Read on to see how tech salaries compare across the Midwest for some of the most in-demand tech jobs. Plus, we’ll see how much you’d have to make in San Francisco and New York City to maintain the same standard of living you can have in the Midwest.



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