I grew up in Houston, but I have traveled the country for my career.
I'm a 12 year PHP guru, working for clients ranging from top ecommerce Fortune 50 to the Marines to the Executive branch of the federal government. I've worked in California, Texas, DC, and Chicago, but I cannot find a decent paying job in Houston since I left there a few years ago.
I was just offered a job as a senior team lead for a major corporation in Houston, but the salary was "fixed" at $85,000. That's still the most I've ever seen in Houston, but just 300 miles north, in Dallas, I'm making a solid $100,000 w/ $20,000 bonus, for a non-lead position, and there are several such paying jobs available.
So what is the prevailing wage around there for upper-1% PHP devs? I'd say $70-85,000. Why do you stay?
Theodore R. Smith