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Austin's a hotbed for this popular tech job, says new study

Austin's a hotbed for this popular tech job, says new study

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Web developers have it made in Austin. Texas Wide Open for Business/Facebook

A new study shows just how good some tech professionals have it in Texas: Sparefoot's roundup of the 10 best cities for web developers ranks Dallas No. 7 and Austin No. 8.

The Austin-based startup teamed up with Indeed to determine the top 10 hubs for web developers based on job availability. Sparefoot then ranked the cities based on number of job openings, average salary, median home price, and median annual rent.

The average annual salary for a local web developer is $73,000, the lowest of the bunch. But what Austin lacks in salary, it makes up for with relatively affordable living. With a median home price of $270,000 and median annual rent of $17,064, Austin ranks fourth for both salary as percentage of home price (27 percent) and rent as percentage of income (23 percent). 

"The Texas capital might have the lowest average starting salary for web developers on our list, but you can live pretty comfortably here — if you can stand the heat and the cedar pollen," Sparefoot says. 

As for Dallas, Sparefoot puts it simply: "the pay is better and the housing is more affordable a few hours to the north."

The average annual salary for a web developer in Dallas is $78,000, No. 8 among the hubs studied. Dallas offers a more affordable median home price of $235,626 and median annual rent of $15,504 and ranks No. 3 for salary as percentage of home price (33 percent) and No. 2 for rent as percentage of income (20 percent). 

The leading city for this high-tech career is Atlanta; New York and Chicago are tied at No. 2.