Report: For the top-hiring tech jobs in 2017, it pays to live in Denver

In Denver, where the tech market is one of the fastest growing in the nation, skilled workers can expect to make more than the national average for their roles.

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Denver over the frozen Ferril Lake in City Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Back in December, we told you local companies were hiring IT workers. That hasn’t changed.  But a new report by Robert Half on salaries and hiring trends, shows just which roles are benefitting from companies’ mad grab for workers in the IT and creative fields, and by how much.

And in Denver, where the tech market is one of the fastest growing in the nation, skilled workers can expect to make more than the national average for their roles.

In 2017, companies are looking to the future — and the future means mobile and digital initiatives and, of course, big data.

“The information technology field is ever-changing and growing exponentially. We are seeing a lot of startups being fostered, not only here in Denver, but on a national and global scale,” said Andrew Butkus, division director for Robert Half Technology in Denver.

And when establishment tech and startups look to new regions for expansion, Denver-Boulder is particularly attractive. That’s because Denver-Boulder has comparatively low cost of living (looking at you, east and west coasts) and comes with high quality of life, thanks to proximity to the Rocky Mountains.

Consequently, outside of Silicon Valley and the West Coast, Denver-Boulder’s tech market is now growing fastest in the country. Which means salaries are growing, too.

Tech workers in Boulder can expect to make 116.5 percent of the national average for their role, while workers in Denver can expect to make 107 percent. To compare, the only cities where tech worker salaries outpace Denver-Boulder’s are Seattle, Washington D.C. and cities in California and New York.

The following are the tech jobs with the largest salary increase since 2016, plus starting salaries in Denver and nationally:

And experts at Robert Half do not foresee any drop-off in information technology demand in the coming years.

“Really [IT]’s a great field to get into for the younger generations, if they are looking for a career where they can really make the most of their value as contributors to society,” Butkus said.

Multimedia business & healthcare reporter Chloe Aiello can be reached via email at caiello@denverite.com or twitter.com/chlobo_ilo.

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