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27 Highest-Paying Cities in United States for Machine Learning Engineers

May 10th 2022
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Machine learning engineers develop artificial intelligence algorithms that improve over time. The average total compensation of a machine learning engineer in the U.S. is $120,555 to $397,710. These article shows the 27 best-paying cities for machine learning engineers or developers in the United States by average total compensation, including annual cash salary, any stock-based compensation or cash bonus offered, according to the more than 5 million verified professionals on Blind.com. The most-paying city in the country is Menlo Park, California.

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Machine learning engineers might be some of the most highly skilled software engineers.

Machine learning engineers develop artificial intelligence algorithms that improve over time. In short, the programs they create “learn” as they work over time so that they can start making predictions or run on their own. Often, machine learning engineers work with data scientists or data engineers to collect, analyze and organize large amounts of data, machine learning models and algorithms.

According to data from the professional social network Blind, the average total compensation of a machine learning engineer in the United States is $120,555 to $397,710.

These are the 27 best-paying cities for machine learning engineers or developers in the United States by average total compensation, including annual cash salary, any stock-based compensation or cash bonus offered, according to the more than 5 million verified professionals on Blind.

1. Menlo Park, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $397,710
  • Median total compensation: $343,000
  • Average salary: $181,573
  • Median base salary: $181,000

2. Cupertino, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $309,695
  • Median total compensation: $280,000
  • Average salary: $167,999
  • Median base salary: $165,000

3. Mountain View, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $297,948
  • Median total compensation: $264,000
  • Average salary: $170,865
  • Median base salary: $165,000

4. Palo Alto, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $295,648
  • Median total compensation: $246,500
  • Average salary: $158,279
  • Median base salary: $157,500

5. Sunnyvale, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $283,510
  • Median total compensation: $271,000
  • Average salary: $167,809
  • Median base salary: $164,150

6. San Francisco

  • Average total compensation: $278,618
  • Median total compensation: $232,500
  • Average salary: $163,015
  • Median base salary: $160,000

7. Seattle

  • Average total compensation: $272,939
  • Median total compensation: $240,000
  • Average salary: $155,545
  • Median base salary: $153,000

8. Redmond, Wash.

  • Average total compensation: $262,500
  • Median total compensation: $179,500
  • Average salary: $150,125
  • Median base salary: $131,500

9. San Jose, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $261,784
  • Median total compensation: $265,000
  • Average salary: $167,289
  • Median base salary: $161,500

10. San Mateo, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $241,266
  • Median total compensation: $214,875
  • Average salary: $175,558
  • Median base salary: $171,500

11. Santa Clara, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $240,871
  • Median total compensation: $222,000
  • Average salary: $171,114
  • Median base salary: $172,500

12. Redwood City, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $230,676
  • Median total compensation: $163,000
  • Average salary: $144,269
  • Median base salary: $130,000

13. Los Angeles

  • Average total compensation: $230,028
  • Median total compensation: $237,000
  • Average salary: $156,828
  • Median base salary: $155,000

14. Pittsburgh

  • Average total compensation: $217,804
  • Median total compensation: $214,000
  • Average salary: $152,136
  • Median base salary: $155,000

15. New York

  • Average total compensation: $215,212
  • Median total compensation: $200,000
  • Average salary: $155,360
  • Median base salary: $157,500

16. Bellevue, Wash.

  • Average total compensation: $193,300
  • Median total compensation: $184,000
  • Average salary: $138,666
  • Median base salary: $134,000

17. Austin, Texas

  • Average total compensation: $188,605
  • Median total compensation: $170,000
  • Average salary: $132,952
  • Median base salary: $125,000

18. San Diego

  • Average total compensation: $179,736
  • Median total compensation: $160,000
  • Average salary: $137,315
  • Median base salary: $132,000

19. Chicago

  • Average total compensation: $171,614
  • Median total compensation: $127,500
  • Average salary: $125,285
  • Median base salary: $127,500

20. Hillsboro, Ore.

  • Average total compensation: $168,808
  • Median total compensation: $173,657
  • Average salary: $126,166
  • Median base salary: $130,000

21. Irvine, Calif.

  • Average total compensation: $165,850
  • Median total compensation: $165,000
  • Average salary: $156,200
  • Median base salary: $165,000

22. Washington, D.C.

  • Average total compensation: $164,388
  • Median total compensation: $165,000
  • Average salary: $145,277
  • Median base salary: $142,250

23. Boston

  • Average total compensation: $161,540
  • Median total compensation: $150,000
  • Average salary: $136,597
  • Median base salary: $139,000

24. Portland, Ore.

  • Average total compensation: $151,250
  • Median total compensation: $165,000
  • Average salary: $126,000
  • Median base salary: $145,000

25. Denver

  • Average total compensation: $139,500
  • Median total compensation: $134,000
  • Average salary: $129,166
  • Median base salary: $125,000

26. Atlanta

  • Average total compensation: $124,758
  • Median total compensation: $123,500
  • Average salary: $110,115
  • Median base salary: $116,000

27. Dallas

  • Average total compensation: $120,555
  • Median total compensation: $125,000
  • Average salary: $108,100
  • Median base salary: $113,500

Methodology

Blind analyzed the base salaries and total compensation of machine learning engineers in the United States on its platform. Cities were ranked by the average total compensation, including base salary and any stock-based compensation or cash bonuses. All data is self-reported by verified professionals on the professional social network Blind.

Originally Published On Teamblind's blog

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