Research Reveals The Best States In America To Be A Web Developer
Research conducted by web design company Digital Silk analyzed metrics such as the average base salary for web developers, remote working statistics, and quality of life scale in each state, which compares average wages against living costs such as rent, food, and transport costs.
Digital Silk combined the factors into an index to reveal the best states to pursue or continue a career in web development:
- Washington ranks as the best state to be a web developer, with a high average base salary, web development jobs, and remote working opportunities.
- Virginia places second in the ranking, as one of four East Coast states to make the list.
- California is the fifth-best state in America to be a web developer.
1. Washington — Index score: 82.6/100
The research revealed that Washington is the best state in America to be a web developer, with a total score of 82.6/100. Washington has the highest average base web developer salary in America, which is an annual amount of $138,780. Washington also scores 10/10 on the index for the amount of web development jobs per 1,000 residents, making opportunities plentiful.
2. Virginia — Index score: 67.4/100
Ranking second on the index is Virginia, with a total score of 67.4. Virginia scores highly for remote working opportunities, scoring 8.94/10, with 22.3% of Virginia’s entire workforce working from home. The average base salary for web developers in Virginia is $101,060, the second highest in the country.
3. Maryland — Index score: 66.9/100
Maryland places third on the list as the best state to be a web developer. Maryland scores 8.15 on the index for its quality of life, the joint highest on this list, which makes it a prime choice for those interested in a career move. The positive quality of life scale rating may be motivated by the fact that of all the states in America, Maryland has the second highest number of people working from home, so if remote working is vital to web developers, Maryland would be the ideal state to build your career. The average web developer’s salary is $93,160 in Maryland, the fifth highest in the country.
4. Colorado — Index score: 61.8/100
Colorado ranks fourth as the best state for web developers to work and reside in. The average web developer’s salary is $80,270 in Colorado, and 23.7% of the workforce works from home. Colorado also has a 6.67 ranking on the quality of life scale, contributing to its final index score of 61.8.
5. California — Index score: 57.7/100
Ranking fifth on the list is the Golden State of California, despite being the home to Silicon Valley. The average web developer’s salary in California is $99,620, and the cost of living in California is among the highest in the top ten, to no surprise, as food, transport, rent, and utility prices are considerably high in the state. However, Californian web developers would still be happy to pursue a career in the Golden State with it being a favorite of tech-heads.
6. Massachusetts — Index score: 57.3/100
Massachusetts places sixth on the list. The average web developer’s salary in the state of Massachusetts is $85,840 and 23.7% of the workforce work from home. Even if you wish to work in the office, transport costs are relatively cheap in the state, scoring 7.41 on the index, meaning you could only be spending an average of $69.40 a month on transport in Massachusetts.
7. Illinois — Index score: 56.8/100
Illinois is the seventh-best state to work as a web developer, with an average base annual salary of $82,490 for web developers. Illinois has the lowest percentage of workforce working from home on this list, which isn’t ideal as transport costs are the highest, costing up to $112 a month for transportation.
8. Minnesota — Index score: 56.8/100
Placing eighth on the rankings is Minnesota, with an average annual base salary of $80,050. Approximately 20.9% of the workforce works from home, and Minnesota scores 5.56 on the quality of life scale. As the only Midwestern state in the top ten, Minnesota is a great choice to build a career in web development in the Midwest.
9. New Jersey — Index score: 55.8/100
New Jersey ranks as the ninth-best state to be a web developer. 22.1% of the workforce works from home, and the average base web developer salary is $81,250. The state ranks 5.56 on the quality of life scale, contributing to its index score of 55.8.
10. Utah — Index score: 54.2/100
Rounding up the top ten is Utah. The average base annual web developer salary in Utah is $61,330, 20% of the workforce works from home, and rent and utilities costs are the cheapest in the top ten, scoring 7.11 out of 10 on the index.
Commenting on the findings, Gabriel Shaoolin, CEO and founder of Digital Silk, says:
“Web development is becoming a more popular career choice across America. Not only did this study analyze salaries and remote working statistics per state, but also living costs across the country. Measuring these factors alongside each other gave the finished list, and the results can be surprising; for example, California, known as a global tech hub and home to Silicon Valley, fails to rank in the top three. The East Coast of the United States comes out strong on this list, with Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey also placing in the top 10.”
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