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Puget Sound Tech Wage Gap Second in Nation at $65K

  • ​​The Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma MSA has the second highest tech/non-tech wage gap in the country with tech workers making on average $65,602 more than non-tech workers annually.
  • Seattle’s rapid growth as a major technology market has created a significant disparity between tech workers and non-tech worker wages. This has contributed to a variety of affordability issues, the most notable being housing prices.
  • Income inequality has been shown to exacerbate housing affordability, especially in major metropolitan areas. Seattle’s status as the leader in housing price growth since 2016 is a testament to this fact.
  • As more and more technology firms flee major markets, look for this same dynamic to unfold in emerging tech markets like Indianapolis, Austin, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Nashville.
  • Please click the image above to access the full Tableau dashboard with all MSAs included and filters for total employment, total tech employment, and the size of the wage gap. ​

Source: JLL Research, BLS​

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