“Oakland benefits from being located in the heart of one of America’s most productive areas, Silicon Valley. With the availability of high-paying tech jobs, it’s not too surprising that incomes in Oakland have risen. Data from the Census shows that from 2015 to 2016, the median household income in Oakland went from $58,800 to $68,000. That’s an increase of 15.7 [percent].”But there are a few discrepancies with other datasets. According to the 2017 Dice Salary Survey, all five of SmartAsset’s top five salary growth cities saw tech salaries dip. Some, like Tampa, were in a near nosedive; that city’s average tech salary dropped 7.6 percent year-over-year. This all coincides with a shift in tech’s geography. Unheralded tech cities such as Phoenix, Dallas and St. Louis saw tech salaries climb, according to our data, but only Phoenix crested SmartAsset’s top 25 for salary growth nationwide. Most mainstays held steady; Silicon Valley saw a negligible dip (0.2 percent), and New York’s 1.7 percent decrease doesn’t do much to alter its position as a tech destination. This surfaces a few good points about working (and hiring) in tech. Highly specialized STEM jobs are often outliers, and don’t always keep pace with broader trends in pay. While tech can drive growth, it may also outpace the rest of a city’s economy, which can have a recursive effect on companies moving in, as well as future job prospects. This all makes things a little bit more challenging for recruiters, who must focus on offering just the right mix of salary, benefits, and positive company culture if they want to draw the talent they need.