Home to telecom and semiconductor giant Qualcomm, San Diego has a vibrant tech sector where IT professionals are in high demand. According to non-profit organization San Diego Tech Careers, over 5,000 technology companies offer more than 50,000 IT jobs in the area. The organization also named San Diego as one of the fastest-growing areas in the country for software engineers.
The strength of San Diego's IT industry is the result of a talented, tech-savvy workforce, prestigious research institutions, and its fertile business climate. Forbes and the New York Times both recently named San Diego one of the best places to start a business, which has helped attract high-tech startups to the city.
San Diego, CA IT Job Market
High-tech employment accounts for more than eight percent of all San Diego jobs according to Forbes. The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation reports that the clean tech, life sciences, communications, and software industries are among the strongest in the city's IT sector. Major IT employers in the area include:
Northrop Grumman (aerospace and defense technology)
According to InfoWorld, San Diego, CA ranks among the top three highest-paying cities in the U.S. for IT salaries. What's more, the average salary for IT professionals has enjoyed double-digit growth in recent years. The fact that salaries stretch further in San Diego also helps local IT companies woo top tech talent away from the pricier Silicon Valley. The average salary of someone in the computer and mathematical sector in San Diego is $91,960 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are the average San Diego salaries for specific IT occupations:
Applications software developers: $107,780
Systems software developers: $117,990
Network and computer systems administrators: $82,530
Computer and information research scientists: $110,260