Survey: Silicon Valley tops average tech-worker pay, which is up

Silicon Valley again led the way as tech-industry salaries continued to rise in 2013, according to a report by Dice, a tech-career site.

The survey says the average tech-professional salary in the United States rose almost 3 percent to $87,811 last year, boosted by raises and bonuses. In Silicon Valley, the average was $108,603, a 7.2 percent bump from the 2012 average of $101,278. In the must-be-nice catergory, the average bonus for tech workers in the valley last year was $12,458.

Valley tech professionals have seen average salaries go up 11.7 percent in the past five years. Silicon Valley has been the highest-paid market since Dice first published the salary survey in 2002 (with 2001 numbers), according to a spokeswoman.

The only metro area that saw a higher percentage increase last year was Philadelphia, which saw an 8 percent rise to an average of $92,138. The second-highest average salary was in $97,588 in Baltimore/Washington, D.C.; that number was basically unchanged from 2012. Dice has a map with more detailed regional information.

Dice’s survey also said Big Data means big pay, with most of the top salaries going to employees with big-data-related skills: “Companies are betting big that harnessing data can play a major role in their competitive plans and that is leading to high pay for critical skills,” said Shravan Goli, Dice president, in a press release.

The Dice survey is based on responses from more than 17.000 tech workers from Oct. 14 to Nov. 29.

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