Who wants a stagnant career when you could battle the Web and its endless information into something beautiful every single day?
Want to know where to go to earn the most for your designs? According to data from Glassdoor.com, these cities are looking for clever graphic designers and CSS gurus to join their ranks. Keep reading for the ten top cities for web design:
10. Chicago, IL
Probably not an expected city on a tech city list, Chicago is emerging as a hub for the growing health technology industry. Odds are good that most jobs will focus on building and maintaining sites for these companies.
Average Salary: $50,752
9. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
Prerecession, this part of Texas wasn’t something you’d have seen on any tech city list. However, Dallas’s startup industry has been growing since, with more than 33 tech companies in the area and more than 20 tech IPOs slated for 2015.
Average Salary: $54,000
8. Atlanta, GA
With a low cost of living, Atlanta might actually be one of the sweeter places to live on this list, and that’s without counting the peaches. Atlanta is one of the top cities in the country for entrepreneurs, and women are cleaning up when it comes to SBA grants in the city. Ready to open your own startup? Assemble the team and head to the Big Peach.
Average Salary: $54,000
7. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
If you love snow, this is the place for you. There’s no getting around the fact that the weather in Minneapolis requires faux-fur lined hats and can’t-put-my-arms-down heavy coats. If you don’t have a problem with extremely cold weather, Minneapolis has a career for you.
Average Salary: $55,000
6. Raleigh-Durham, NC
The Research Triangle Park of North Carolina is made of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and carries some heavy perks. You can live just a few miles from the heart of one of these cities but still be in a soft and quiet countryside. Or you can live in a bustling downtown district with a vibrant art scene.
Average Salary: $58,000
5. New York City
If you’ve never been to NYC, it’s past time for a visit. If you hate to drive, love skyscrapers and suffer from insomnia, you’ve been hearing the call of the Big Apple for years without ever knowing it. The City that Never Sleeps is one of the easiest cities to navigate via public transportation. Its ever-growing technical community is bursting with savants starting new Web firms.
Average Salary: $60,000
4. Miami, FL
It isn’t all about the beach, but it’s definitely a plus. This growing tech city has been attracting conferences from 3-D printing geeks and even the Technology Foundations of the Americas. There’s a growing number of engineering grads choosing to stay in Miami postgraduation and open startups. They’re always on the lookout for Web-savvy people.
Average Salary: $61,000
3. Seattle, WA
Riddled with everything from small independent startups to full-service marketing firms, there’s a huge market here for a Web designer. If you love waking up early to explore fish markets or a solid evening music scene, check out the competition before you form your own firm.
Average Salary: $62,000
2. Washington, D.C.
Always on the lookout for the next Silicon Valley, Washington has been creeping its way up the list for years now. In 2014, CB Insights reported a 65 percent increase in deal growth for Washington, the highest increase in the U.S.
Average Salary: $63,433
1. San Francisco, CA
The Bay area is home to roiling morning fog, coffee stands and a bustling nightlife, as well as Internet giants like Twitter. Major players in the Web are relocating to San Francisco because it offers such a wide variety of lifestyle options for their employees, making this city one of the fastest-growing markets for tech business. The only downfall to living in San Francisco is the incredibly high cost of living.
Average Salary: $64,000Buffer