13 top paying cities for software engineers

You need to factor in cost of living to determine real earnings. Online jobs marketplace Glassdoor has crunched the numbers, looking at the ratio of each city’s median software engineer base salary to its official cost of living figures from the federal government.

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Software engineers are in high demand across the United States, and depending upon where you live, you can make a killing at this job. But don’t overlook what you’re really making, when you factor in the cost of living. Online jobs marketplace Glassdoor has crunched the numbers by looking at the ratio of each city’s local median software engineer base salary to its official cost of living figures from the federal government.

omaha
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Omaha
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $88,017
  • -5.7% below national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $83,000
  • Job Openings on Glassdoor: 121
durham chapel hill
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Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C.
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $88,143
  • -4.7% below national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $84,000
  • Job Openings: 123
dallas fort worth
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Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $88,294
  • +0.8% above national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $89,000
  • Job Openings: 1,376
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Atlanta
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $89,286
  • -4.8% below national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $85,000
  • Job Openings: 1,326
portland oregon
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Portland, Ore.
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $89,374
  • +0.7% above national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000
  • Job Openings: 412
sacramento
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Sacramento
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $89,669
  • +2.6% above national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $92,000
  • Job Openings: 120
boston
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Boston
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $90,171
  • +10.9% above national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $100,000
  • Job Openings: 1,965
austin
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Austin, Texas
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $91,185
  • -1.3% below national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000
  • Job Openings: 828
raleigh
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Raleigh, NC
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $94,142
  • -4.4% below national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $90,000
  • Job Openings: 416 
madison
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Madison, Wis.
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $97,236
  • -2.3% below national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $95,000
  • Job Openings: 105
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San Francisco
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $99,751
  • +20.3% above national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $120,000
  • Job Openings: 2,232
san jose
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San Jose
  • Real Adjusted Salary: $100,989
  • +21.3% above national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $122,500
  • Job Openings: 2,017
seattle
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Seattle
  •  Real Adjusted Salary: $105,735
  • +7.1% above national average cost of living
  • Median Base Salary: $113,242
  • Job Openings: 4,205