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Chamber offers another perspective on wage disparity

[Editor’s note: Santa Cruz Tech Beat recently published How do Santa Cruz wages really compare to Silicon Valley? The Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce wrote this response. Want to weigh in? Do you think computer programmers in Santa Cruz earn 21.7% more than Silicon Valley programmers? Reply via Twitter: @sctechbeat]

by Bill Tysseling
Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce

Jim Johnson, principal at the Santa Cruz Compensation Depot has analyzed 2013 employment data to compare the compensation in Santa Cruz to that in Silicon Valley. Johnson’s study, reported in this week’s Santa Cruz Tech Beat reflects wages for comparable job categories to be generally higher over the hill than in Santa Cruz. In part this is a reflection of significantly larger employers and, perhaps, more narrowly specialized talent. For instance the average manager in the Valley makes about 35% more than the average manager in Santa Cruz. But there are notable exceptions …

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