It wasn't all that long ago that the tech startup landscape in Columbus looked a little bleak, but growth in the past decade has changed all that. Like the Brandery in Cincinnati and the Shaker LaunchHouse in Cleveland, Columbus startup initiatives like 10Xelerator paved the way for a tech scene that may not rival Seattle or Silicon Valley just yet, but is starting to put the city on the tech map. The improving landscape is not the only thing that's attracting talent to Columbus. Forbes ranks the city as one of the top 30 places for business and careers. The lower-than-average cost of living in the modern, tech-savvy Columbus doesn't go unnoticed either.
Columbus, OH IT Job Market
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that IT jobs in Columbus, OH number around 36,000 and account for around one-quarter of the tech jobs in the state. Significant occupations include computer systems analysis and software application development, although computer programming and computer network architecture roles also number above 1,000 each. Also of interest to job-seekers is the Columbus unemployment rate; at just 3.5 percent, it's lower than the average in both Ohio and, indeed, the rest of the country.
IT Salaries in Columbus, OH
According to data from the BLS, the average salary for Columbus IT jobs comes in at $78,790. This is around $2,000 less than the national average, but more than $4,000 higher than in the rest of Ohio. Salaries vary according to the specific role, but top earners (those earning more than $90,000) include software systems developers and computer network architects. Information security analysts, database administrators, and software applications developers all pull in between $80,000 and $90,000, while computer user support specialists take home the lowest annual salary of around $50,000.