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IT security pro salaries: Silicon Valley? You'd be better off in Minneapolis

How far would you go for a better salary?

By John Leyden, 15 Aug 2016

Minneapolis IT security workers enjoy among the highest salaries of any US city while techies in the heart of San Francisco's tech boom region earn a much lower (cost-of-living-adjusted) wage.

Minneapolis, MN tops the list with a $127,757 average (adjusted) salary for a IT Security Specialist (more than 27K more than San Jose, San Diego, DC, Boston, LA, and Arlington, VA). A study by job search engine Indeed ranking the top 15 cities in the US for information security salaries when adjusted for cost of living found that Arlington, VA — home of the Pentagon - was the lowest-paying city in the 15 city list.

Adjusted salaries in Arlington are 72 per cent lower than those for security workers in Minneapolis.

A blog post by Indeed featuring the raw figures alongside an adjusted breakdown of IT security salaries in US metro areas can be found here. ®

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