For a few years now, it’s seemed impossible to escape headlines about Atlanta’s prominent position as a technology hub. In 2017 Forbes ran an article ranking us a top-five city to watch, last year brought a flurry of articles surrounding Atlanta’s tech sector growth and talent pool amid Amazon’s HQ2 bids, and just this month a Fast Company story examined the role the city’s black entrepreneurs are playing in this movement.
This year’s iteration of CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent shows that the metro continues to hold its own in terms of having the right labor supply to fuel the sector. Some highlights:
- Atlanta’s overall ranks No. 9 on CBRE’s overall scorecard. For reference, the Bay Area and Seattle rank at No. 1 and 2, respectively. Denver edges us out at No. 8.
- We also rank No. 9 for our labor pool.
- We rank No. 4 in tech talent labor pool change by volume from 2013-2018. That’s tempered a bit by our No. 13 rank when it comes to percent change.
- The metro dips slightly when it comes to wages, ranking No. 16, with tech talent here seeing an average wage of $96,050. Given our low cost of living compared to other cities on the list, however, that’s not surprising.