California's Silicon Valley is the capital of the tech industry, but it's hardly the only place in the US where tech companies employ engineers and other tech workers.
And as salaries increase in Silicon Valley, many tech companies are looking to expand or relocate to new parts of the country, where the cost of talent is lower.
The Computing Technology Industry Association, a tech industry trade organization, recently took a look at how tech salaries compare in each state. In some cases, the difference between the average wage for a tech industry worker can be more than double from one state to the next.
It's worth noting, however, that even the state with the lowest average tech industry wage in 2015 was above the country's $51,600 average private sector wage.
Here are the 5 states with the highest average wages for tech workers, and the states with the five lowest wages:
#1 California. Average tech wage: $149,300
#2 Washington. Average tech wage: $129,400
#3 Massachusetts. Average tech wage: $127,900
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