Study ranks Pittsburgh 5th best city for STEM professionals

Jan 30, 2020

The Pittsburgh metro area has been identified as one of the best markets in the country for people who work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

The personal finance website WalletHub on Wednesday released results of a new study that has Pittsburgh ranked fifth overall, ahead of such cities as San Francisco, Minneapolis and San Diego.

Seattle was ranked number one followed by Boston, Austin and Atlanta.

WalletHub compared the 100 biggest metro areas across a data set ranging from per capita job openings for STEM graduates to annual median wage growth for STEM workers.

After Pittsburgh, San Francisco was ranked sixth followed by Raleigh, Madison, Minneapolis and San Diego.

The study found that Harrisburg has the most per capita overall STEM job openings for STEM graduates, 114.2, which is 35.1 times higher than in Deltona, Fla., the metro area with the fewest at 3.25.

San Jose has the highest average monthly earnings for new employees in STEM industries, $11,798.

Houston has the highest annual median wage for STEM workers (adjusted by cost of living), $98,886.

Paul Guggenheimer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or

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