The list, compiled by Austin-basedSparefoot, was based on several factors, including job availability, median salary, median home price, median annual rent, percentage share of job listings, salary as a percentage of home prices, and rent as a percentage of salary.
Houston has the highest number of engineering job listings among the top 10 cities, at 14 percent. The average annual salary for engineers working in Houston is $102,000 (No. 6), whereas engineers in San Jose (No. 7 on the list) have an average salary of $128,000, the highest on the list. Houston also has the lowest median home price — $141,400 — and median annual rent — $10,728 — of any of the cities.
Apparently Texas is known for being quite affordable, as Dallas has the second lowest median home price, at $150,000, and Austin features the fourth lowest, at $192,000. However, salaries in Dallas and Austin pale in comparison. The median annual salary for engineers in Dallas is $92,000, the third lowest on the list, and Austin's ($85,000) is the lowest on the list.
Among the major employers in Austin, Sparefoot touts 3M, Apple Inc., Google, Dell, Cisco Systems, Cirrus Logic, National Instruments, Silicon Laboratories, and Facebook.
Outside of the Lone Star State, the top cities for engineers are Atlanta (No. 1), Chicago (No. 3), New York City (No. 4), and San Francisco (No. 5).
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