After my last post, I got some email asking me to add on mobile developer. I added some cloud jobs to the list. The results are below.
|Job||Number of Jobs (Washington)||Salary (Average)|
|Blackberry Developer|| |
|iPhone Developer|| |
|Windows Phone developer|| |
|Android Developer|| |
|IOS Developer|| |
|Windows Mobile Developer|| |
|Azure Developer|| |
|Cloud Developer|| |
|EC2 Developer|| |
|Solution Architect|| |
|.Net Architect|| |
One of the nice thing that Indeed.Com does is also cite how the rates compare nationally. In general I am seeing Washington jobs are 11% below the national average. If you are single, renting then you can likely increase your earnings by 20-30% by moving. Bellingham is 19% below the national average. So the average developer would earn $6K more (or $500/month) by working in Seattle. There are some folks whose jobs are moving to Vancouver, WA – this is 16% below, so they should expect a 3% salary increase (and don’t expect higher wages by crossing into Oregon.. it’s also at 16% below).
Moving for work or the money
The following are spot checks of ‘developer’’ salaries at various spots.
|Location||From National Average|
|Vancouver, WA / Portland OR||-16%|
|New York City||+21%|
|Salt Lake City||-15%|
Note: Vancouver BC is 25% above average, so some one with dual citizenship or a simple NAFTA work visa could be pulling in 44% more by commuting across the border from Whatcom. I was back channeled by someone who confirmed that there are low skilled folks doing that from Whatcom Co. now. Vancouver has a very high cost of living (average house price is over 1 million dollars – 5x Bellingham), so high wages. It is much easier for a US person to work in Canada than for a Canadian to work in Canada and live in the US (i.e. they would lose their BC Medical insurance etc).