If you are looking for a new job in tech, you may want to move to the Bay Area after reading how much the average worker makes there.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and commercial real estate firm JLL, high-tech workers in San Francisco made an average of $156,518 last year; in Santa Clara County, home to Google, the average tech wage hit $196,000 in 2013. But those numbers definitely don’t compare to San Mateo County, fit right between the two, with an average tech wage of $291,497 in 2013.
These numbers don’t just include salaries, but also stock options and other company benefits like free meals.
Who can we blame for the high numbers? Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, whose company in headquartered in Menlo Park, unloaded $3.3 billion in stock last year, off-setting the whole balance by over $80,000. Still, making over $200k a year working in tech won’t make me complain at all.
But wait, it gets even better. Twitter, headquartered in San Francisco, will make the Bay Area average even higher because their employee stock options became unlocked just this year, according to SFGate.
I’m wishing I majored in computer science right about now.