Raleigh landed at number nine among the top ten cities for tech workers according to Smart Asset’ annual study, but they among the highest paid in the nation.

The average tech worker in Raleigh earns about $91,000 a year –about 77 percent more than the average in the city, although we find that figure questionable. According to SalaryExpert.com, the average salary in Raleigh is $54,388.

The Smart Asset analysis reports that 5.4 percent of all Raleigh workers are in the tech space, a higher percentage that the city in the number one slot, Columbus, Ohio, which has 4 percent of its workforce in tech. In fact, Raleigh’s scores appear higher in several categories than those of cities higher on the list.

Columbus, the capital of Ohio and home to Ohio State University,is on Amazon’s list of finalists for its coveted second headquarters, competing with Raleigh (actually the Triangle region) and 18 other cities.

Other cities not usually thought of as tech hubs on the top ten list include Des Moines, Iowa at the number two spot, even though tech worker pay is not that much higher than the average worker’s and only 4 percent of its labor force is in tech. Cedar Rapids, IA, came in at number 4, which the report says “Claimed a top 10 spot due to its bountiful tech job market,” with just under 4.3 percent of all workers in tech jobs.

Dallas, Texas at number three is no surprise, nor Houston at number ten. Colorado Springs, Colorado hit number five; Sierra Vista, Arizone was six; Omaha, Nebraska, seven, San Antonio, Texas, eight.

In the top 25, Charlotte was number 19 and Burlington 23.

Smart Asset described its methodology this way:

“SmartAsset looked at data on 190 cities. Specifically, we looked at the following five factors:

  • Percent employed in tech. This is the percent of all workers who work in computer and mathematical occupations. Data comes from the Bureau of Labor and is for 2017
  • Average tech salary. This is the mean annual income for workers in computer and occupational occupations. Data comes from the Bureau of Labor and is for 2017
  • Ratio of the average tech salary to the average salary across all fields. Data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2017 Occupation Employment Statistics tables.
  • Unemployment rate. This is the unemployment rate for holders of bachelor’s degrees. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2016 5-Year American Community Survey.
  • Cost of living. Data comes from the Council for Community and Economic Research and is for 2017.”