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iOS rules the roost and beats Android, Bay Area coders get paid the most, and Node.js developers are up and coming: This sums up three findings from an analysis I performed on salary survey data collected from thousands of techies around the country by Payscale.com.
Apple vs. Google
Despite the release of Apple’s new Swift coding language, which reduced the difficulty in coding iOS applications, job listings naming iOS requirements were the highest paid positions among the tech jobs covered. The highest mean salary among all the job titles and skills analyzed was iOS Principal Software Engineer at $128,000. Following that were senior level coding gigs in Java, the reigning enterprise champ, at $125,500.
Mean salaries by title and skill
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Bay Area = big bucks
We knew that coders are in high demand in the Bay Area, but the difference between that region and the rest of the country is quite extraordinary. The nearest competitor, Seattle, still trails the two top dogs by $11,000 and $13,000, comparatively. And after the top four cities, the distance grows even larger.
The moral? Oddly, even though the cost of living is roughly comparable between Gotham and the Bay Area, New York techies pocket nearly 25 percent less than San Jose or San Fran techies. Los Angeles techies actually fared far worse than those in the two great tech centers, bagging only $78,000 on average. The sample sizes for the different cities differed widely, but the survey did cover thousands of people.
Average salary by city
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By the numbers
Top and average salaries in aggregate across software skills
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Alex Salkever is head of marketing at Silk, a company that enables digital storytelling and data visualization. Follow him on Twitter @AlexSalkever.