North Carolina’s two largest cities are among the best in the nation for tech employees, according to career website Paysa.
Raleigh was No. 5 on a list of top 10 tech hub cities with lowest cost of living. But Charlotte topped the capital city and came in at No. 3, though the two weren’t separated by much.
Raleigh’s average cost of living is $43,964 while Charlotte’s is $43,437, according to Paysa.
Pittsburgh had the lowest average cost of living at $41,757.
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Charlotte and Raleigh also were listed among the top 10 cities with best overall value, with cost of living as a percentage of average tech workers’ salary.
Charlotte won out over Raleigh again. The Queen City came in at No. 6, while the City of Oaks was right behind at No. 7. Charlotte’s cost of living is about 49.7 percent of average tech workers’ salary, and Raleigh’s was 50.3 percent.
Average cost of living also made up about 50 percent of the average tech worker’s salary in both cities.
When the Paysa rankings were released about a week ago, there were more than 9,000 open tech jobs in Raleigh. LexisNexis, Cisco Systems, Resolvit, Citrix and Red Hat accounted for nearly 16 percent of all open tech jobs in the city.
There were more than 6,300 open tech jobs in Charlotte, with Wells Fargo, Bank of America, AccruePartners, Advantage Inc and Novant Health accounting for nearly 30 percent of all open tech jobs in the city.
To come up with its rankings, Paysa analyzed its databases for cost-of-living expenses and salaries in cities for tech jobs and used the MIT Living Wage Calculator to calculate average cost of living for each area. Paysa used Zillow, the online real estate site, to project how much it would cost to buy or rent a house in the cities.
To read the full rankings, go to www.paysa.com/blog/2017/05/03/tech-jobs-in-non-tech-hubs.
Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768; @AbbieRBennett