Portland area listed among cities with best pay for STEM jobs

The top 25 metro areas for pay in STEM fields — those that involve science, technology, engineering and math — for 2017 includes places such as San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle and now Portland.

That’s according to a recent analysis by Smart Asset, a New York-based company that provides tools for assessing various aspects of personal finances.

The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro area came in at No. 11 on the list, behind various Bay Area cities and other metro areas but ahead of Seattle and Los Angeles.

This February 2017 screen shot of SmartAsset.com shows the Portland area's ranking. Smart Asset/Science In Portland

This February 2017 screen shot of SmartAsset.com shows the Portland area’s ranking. Smart Asset/Science In Portland

Average page for the Portland area for STEM professions was $74,470, with an annual rate of increase of 3.4 percent. Both figures placed the local area ahead of the national average.

To read more about the analysis, click the hotlink above. Alas, Smart Asset only gives additional details on the top 10 metro areas. Perhaps next year, the Portland area might crack the top 10.

Last year (2016), the local metro area didn’t make the top 25 list at all. Fingers crossed that this year’s ranking may be an indicator of favorable times ahead for those who work in STEM careers and for an expansion of local STEM-based industries.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
Facebook: Sciwhat.Science

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