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Austin's one of the best places for tech jobs, but salaries are the worst

Austin's one of the best places for tech jobs, but salaries are worst

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NerdWallet ranks the Austin metro area the No. 9 best place for tech jobs. Texas Wide Open for Business/Facebook

It's no surprise that Austin finds itself on yet another list of America's best tech cities. But how we compare to the nation's other top tech meccas may surprise you.

To determine the best places for tech jobs in 2015, NerdWallet analyzed the nation's 370 largest metropolitan areas, based on the size of the tech industry and average income for tech jobs. Coming in at No. 1 on the list is the heart of Silicon Valley: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, affectionately dubbed "Silicon Hills," ranks No. 9. 

"Due to venture capital interest and a wealth of incubators and accelerators, startups thrive in the Austin area, where about 58 of every 1,000 jobs are in tech," writes the financial website. That's much higher than the national average of 18 tech jobs for every 1,000 employees.

Perhaps the surprising takeaway from NerdWallet's study is how Austin's tech salaries measure up to the other hot spots on the list.

"The area’s tech workers see the lowest salaries on our list at just over $84,300 a year," says NerdWallet. In comparison, Silicon Valley tech employees earn an average salary of $130,179.80. 

The study includes rankings for four other Texas metro areas. Dallas-Plano-Irving comes in just behind Austin on the list at No. 11. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranks No. 36, followed by Fort Worth-Arlington (No. 75) and San Antonio-New Braunfels (No. 88).