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Austin tech salaries are tens of thousands of dollars higher than the average for other workers

(Austonia)

It’s a long-time trend that tech workers earn salaries that double or even triple the average salary of other workers in the area, and Austin is no exception.


Austin techies are averaging $150,026 annually compared to $78,224 for all other industries. It’s following a nationwide pattern where tech salaries average more than 65% higher than other occupations.

The nearly $72,000 difference is seen in a new report on the Central Texas economy by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. The report also shows average annual salaries for all industries have gone up 8.5% from 2020, trailing not far behind the salary growth of nearly 10% for tech jobs in that same time frame.

Tech manufacturing jobs are paying particularly well. The chamber reports salaries tend to be higher in this sector, at $159,593 on average.

(Austin Chamber of Commerce)

These growing salaries accompany Austin’s shining status as a tech hub, with more than 80,000 high-tech information and other IT jobs accounting for a significant share of the jobs here. Tech jobs represent 16.7% of jobs in Austin, compared to 9.2% nationally.

As Austin rides that wave, the city and other groups have made a push to get people into manufacturing jobs and other parts of the tech industry that are hot in Central Texas. Mayor Steve Adler, Workforce Solutions Capital Area and others announced a “hire local” plan in June and talked about the importance of getting Austinites to fill roles of companies growing and relocating here.

But despite these efforts to get locals jobs in the growing tech scene, this income difference comes at a time when affordability woes are causing some longtime residents to feel pushed out. And with a migration out of the city's center comes an impact that's ironic for a tech hub: a digital divide.

A recent study by research organization MEASURE pointed to residents feeling that the growing cost of living is a threat to digital equity. That’s because as people are pushed further out due to housing costs, more time and money are required to reach publicly available internet sources.

One participant described a “digital caste system” in Austin.

“We deem some people worthy of resources (and some) people unworthy of other resources… It's not like we lack the money or technology for everyone to have access,” the participant said.

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All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway