The average tech worker in San Mateo County, California made $291,497 last year, according to a new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. There’s just one catch: Facebook
CEO Mark Zuckerberg was responsible for more than $80,000 of that average, thanks to his decision to exercise $3.3 billion in Facebook stock options last year. Once you cut him from the mix, the average tech worker’s salary in San Mateo drops to “only” $210,000, which is nonetheless more in line with what top tech talent around the country can expect to earn in a given year. Click here to find a tech job in San Mateo.
According to SFGate
, which posted up the BLS analysis by commercial real-estate services firm JLL, the average tech wage in nearby Santa Clara County in 2013 topped $196,000. This latest BLS data dovetails neatly with previous surveys by other firms, which all found that Northern California is a very lucrative area to live and work for tech professionals. The quest to find the best talent has driven companies in that region to offer generous salaries and perks
, and the upward hiring trend doesn’t seem like it’ll slow down in the immediate future.
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But it’s not just Northern California: Across the country, it seems good times for many tech workers are at hand. In April, a Dice analysis
found that 32 percent of full-time tech pros earned more than $100,000 in 2013, up from 26 percent in 2011. Contractors
did even better, with 54 percent taking home more than $100,000 last year. If you want to really jump the average annual salary in a particular region, though, it helps to have a tech titan sell off a couple billion dollars’ worth of stock. (Yet another good reason to report salary data as a median, if the data’s available.)