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July 21, 2020 · 3 min read

Remote Full-Stack salary trends during COVID-19

Most of the working world has been slow to embrace the growing remote-work trend, with many companies frantically searching for remote strategies at the last minute as the coronavirus shut offices across the world. However, inside the tech industry, the remote-work trend has caught fire over the past decade. As more companies worldwide operate through fully remote means, the demand for the services needed to support these remote teams has grown exponentially. The result? A tech industry that continues to boom, even during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The growing number of tech companies who embraced remote work even before the coronavirus pandemic help lower overhead costs for Silicon Valley-based tech companies. As Silicon Valley, and even the greater San Francisco Bay Area, boasts the highest cost of living in the entire United States, tech companies based in this area have had to pay salaries for tech professionals, such as Full-Stack Developers, over 30 percent the national average of $103,000 per year, according to ZipRecruter.

Due to this extreme cost of living and the overhead cost burden on Silicon Valley-based tech companies, secondary tech hubs have begun sprouting up across the country. These new tech hotspots have emerged as remote recruiting hotbeds for top tech talent. Bay Area-based tech companies have been able to recruit from these secondary tech centers—including in cities like Seattle, Atlanta, Astin, Denver and Chicago—for a fraction of the cost that it takes to recruit local Silicon Valley talent. This bootcamp market report published by Career Karma discusses how the growing trend of coding bootcamps has helped give rise to these secondary tech centers.

Coding Bootcamps

Coding bootcamps have fostered the creation of secondary tech centers away from the long-standing tech hubs of New York and San Francisco. Coding bootcamps are short-term, intensive programs that help young people—as well as professionals eying a career change—break into the tech industry.

Due to their hyper-focused, short-term nature, coding bootcamps teach their students all of the necessary coding skills it takes to succeed in the tech industry without the burden of additional interesting but irrelevant material that are common in academic degrees. This results in students going from no coding experience to programming pros in less than a year. With online and self-paced options offered through schools like the Kenzie Academy , many grads knock out their bootcamp in as little as 10 to 24 weeks.

Full-Stack Development

One of the fastest-growing remote careers is Full-Stack Development. The term “Full-Stack” refers to the programming professionals that build both the Front End Web Design of the user experience (UX) as well as the Back End Web Development of the user interface (UI), which powers the website.

As many companies continue to switch their marketing efforts to digital outlets, demand for skilled web development professionals can only grow. Many companies prefer to hire just one Full-Stack Developer, or a small team of these web development pros, instead of teams of both Web Designers and Web Developers.