I love Nashville, TN. Well, ok, I really like it. It's a great town but I'm getting a bit restless. The problem I face is that I never know what the environment for programmers will be in a given city before moving there. So when Terry Chay briefly mentioned indeed.com's salary search tool , it sparked my interest. If I, a PHP programmer, wanted to move to another city in the US, how would I fare salary wise? Since I don't want to list every city in the US, I've selected CNN/Money's Best Places to Live in America as my list of cities to compare.
I've compiled all of this into a nice 1990's looking HTML table, complete with border=1, for your viewing pleasure.
Now I don't pretend that there is anything scientific or even serious about this information. Please don't base your job hunting efforts on the fact that "Cal said I could make X in that city." At best, this should be used as a guide and at worst, it's just entertainment.
|Rank||City, State||Average PHP Salary||Cost of |
|1||Fort Collins, CO||$42,000||99|
|2||Naperville, IL||$64,000||115.2 *|
|3||Sugar Land, TX||$61,000||87.2 *|
|4||Columbia/Ellicott City, MD||$71,000||110.3 *|
|5||Cary, NC||$59,000||97.2 *|
|6||Overland Park, KS||$50,000||80.5 *|
|7||Scottsdale, AZ||$50,000||107.8 *|
|9||Fairfield, CT||$66,000||163.4 *|
|10||Eden Prairie, MN||$53,000||113.9 *|
Since a lot of people are hung up these days on how things look, here is the chart I generated from indeed.com. If you click on it, it will take you to the live page and you can add your city into the mix and see how you stack up. I did and let just say Nashville is no Columbia, MD.
So it's agreed then, we'll all meet in Columbia, MD. :) We all know that the cost of living varies greatly from region to region. To help adjust for that, I went to bestplaces.net and found the cost of living index for each city or at least the nearest listed city for each city in our list. The COLI uses the US average as 100.
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