One thought I had when reading Will's reply is that I am not sure I agree that IT staff can easily jump from tech to tech, and certainly I don't think the impression from the people doing the hiring is that. ?Take a look at just content managements systems, for example. ?If I know a really good Joomla developer, I can't necessarily get her to deliver on a Drupal project without a fair amount of retraining. ?I know that is not a long term view, but I think IT hiring is more about right now skills than the potential to develop good developers.
Also, I think there is a lot more Microsoft (.Net, SharePoint and even old fashion ASP and VB) because Houston is so heavy on Oil companies. ?For the enterprise, unless you are constantly updating a public facing website, I don't get the feeling?companies?have moved over to PHP. ?They just keep updating existing apps.
Anyone have experience with Houston vs Dallas on salaries for .Net developers and Project Managers they want to share?
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On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM, Will Beazley <[address removed]>
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:
I grew up in Houston, but I have traveled the country for
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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