If you're a woman working in Austin's technology industry, your career may not be as lucrative as everyone thinks. Surprisingly, the tech mecca only managed a ranking of 44th out of 58 among big cities in the United States for women in technology jobs, according to a report from SmartAsset.
The study took into consideration four key factors: gender pay gap, income after housing, percentage of tech jobs filled by women, and four-year employment growth. Using data from the U.S. Census, SmartAsset only looked at cities with populations of 200,000 residents or more that had reliable data, which left the study with 58 cities across the country.
The average female tech worker in Austin has $51,028 left from her salary after paying for a home, and Austin's wage gap between male and female workers was 84 percent, another surprising metric. And, at 21.1 percent, Austin has a low percentage of women in tech positions, considering its reputation as a booming innovation hub.
Among Texas cities, Houston was tops, earning a spot at No. 4 nationwide.
Houston's tech pay is what stood out for the city. The average female tech worker there has $60,646 left from her salary after paying for a home, and Houston ranks eighth overall in this metric. With a ratio of 99 percent, Houston's wage gap when it comes to tech jobs ranked the city No. 3 for smallest wage gap. However, at 26 percent, Houston also has a low percentage of women in tech positions.
Dallas is ranked in the bottom 10 — specifically, 51st out of 58 — and tied with Nashville for that spot. But Fort Worth landed at a respectable No. 20, the highest among all cities ranked in the Metroplex.
Dallas' numbers look significantly different. The average female tech worker in Dallas has $44,808 left from her salary after housing costs. Dallas' wage gap is 78 percent. And women fill just 24.7 percent of tech positions in Dallas.
By comparison, the average female tech worker in Fort Worth has $51,091 left from her salary after housing costs. Fort Worth's wage gap is 87 percent. And women fill 25.9 percent of tech positions in the city.
A few other DFW cities came in between Fort Worth and Dallas on the survey — Plano came in at No. 27; and Irving secured No. 35.
Which cities ranked highest? Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Philadelphia topped the list. California's major tech players — such as San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland — all ranked in the middle of the pack or worse.
And trailing Dallas at the bottom of the list were Portland, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; Los Angeles; Raleigh, North Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Colorado Springs.
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