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Re: [houston-php] What are good Houston PHP salaries?

From: Will B.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:30 AM
I can't speak for PHP, but UNIX/Solaris/Linux are ~20K higher in Ft. Worth than Houston.

Wages, in the absence of price controls, are reflection of what the market will bear.

My suspicions include:
1.a. Greater Pool of folks in Houston for niche market by virtue of a Larger City (less scarcity/greater supply);
1.b. The importation of Brits and other foreign Labor by Petro Sector companies (less scarcity/greater supply);
2. Fewer (Banking, etc) Data Centers in Houston? (Less Demand);

Since there are so many refineries along the Energy Corridor (Louisiana; Beaumont; Katy) there also greater supply.

Replace Data Centers with development. 

Because of the proclivity of IT folks to jump among IT skills you could presume that Shell Scripter may do PERL, may do PHP, may do Java, may do C#, may do Qt/C++, may do .Net;
Otherwise said, Flexible IT can drive down wages beyond their numbers because they can do so many things.

On 10/16/10 11:41 PM, Ted Smith wrote:
Hi all,
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
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