2018’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals


With STEM workers earning an average annual wage of $87,570, nearly double the average of $45,700 for all non-STEM jobs, the personal-finance website WalletHub followed up on its Best Places to Find a Job report with an in-depth analysis of 2018’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals.

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To determine the best markets for STEM workers, WalletHub compared the 100 biggest metro areas across 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from per-capita job openings for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM workers.

Best Metro Areas for STEM Professionals Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
1 Seattle, WA 91 Stockton, CA
2 Boston, MA 92 Oxnard, CA
3 Pittsburgh, PA 93 McAllen, TX
4 Austin, TX 94 Lakeland, FL
5 Minneapolis, MN 95 Deltona, FL
6 Madison, WI 96 Little Rock, AR
7 Salt Lake City, UT 97 Cape Coral, FL
8 Springfield, MA 98 Memphis, TN
9 Chicago, IL 99 North Port, FL
10 Atlanta, GA 100 Jackson, MS

Best vs. Worst

  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has the most per-capita job openings for STEM graduates, 108.56, which is 40.4 times higher than in Deltona, Florida, the metro area with the fewest at 2.69.
  • San Jose, California, has the highest share of all workers in STEM occupations, 21.9 percent, which is 12.9 times higher than in McAllen, Texas, the metro area with the lowest at 1.7 percent.
  • Washington has the highest projected number of STEM jobs per capita needed by 2020, 14.86 percent, which is 13.8 times higher than in Las Vegas, the metro area with the lowest at 1.08 percent.
  • Houston has the highest annual median wage for STEM workers (adjusted by cost of living), $95,187, which is 2.3 times higher than in Honolulu, the metro area with the lowest at $41,249.
  • Dayton, Ohio, has the highest housing-affordability index for STEM professionals, 11.40 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Honolulu, the metro area with the lowest at 24.24 percent.

To view the full report and your metro area’s rank, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-metro-areas-for-stem-professionals/9200/  

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