Texas has long been a major tech hub, home to giants like Dell and known for a dynamic startup ecosystem that rivals Silicon Valley.
Major technology companies, including Silicon Valley behemoths like Google, Cisco, IBM, SAP, Microsoft and Oracle have expanded their operations in Texas, including in cities like Austin.
For example, Google hired a customer sales engineer with a salary of $114,000 to $214,000, while Oracle hired a senior developer with a salary of $129,000 to $225,000.
Here's a survey of what Oracle, IBM, Dell, SAP, Cisco, Google, and Microsoft pay new hires in Texas, based on disclosure data for permanent and temporary workers filed with the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification in 2019.
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Texas has long been seen as a major tech hub. It's the established home to tech giants like Dell, and has more recently earned a reputation for having a vibrant startup ecosystem that's coming to rival Silicon Valley.
In fact, major technology companies, including Silicon Valley behemoths like Google, Cisco and Oracle have expanded their operations in Texas, particularly in and around cities like Austin and Dallas.
The Texas tech industry has "evolved exponentially over the past five to six years just based on the companies we have planting roots here and the influx of tech companies coming in," Ashley Jennings, managing director of the Texas Innovation Center at the University of Texas at Austin, told Business Insider.
Business Insider analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification's 2019 disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers to find out what six major players in enterprise tech — Oracle, IBM, SAP, Cisco, Dell, Microsoft and Google — pay tech talent in key roles including engineers, developers and data scientists in Texas.
Companies are required to disclose information, such as salary ranges, when they hire foreign workers under the H1-B visa program, giving insight into what these major companies are willing to shell out for talent.
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Google hired a customer sales engineer with a salary of $114,000 to $214,000.
Google is the third-most dominant player in cloud computing, after Amazon and Microsoft. The Silicon Valley giant is building a $600 million massive data center in Midlothian, about 25 miles southwest of Dallas.
Google had 6,497 visa applications approved this year, including 82 in Texas. Here are some of Google's recent hires in Texas and how much they're paid:
Customer sales engineer: $114,000 to $214,000
Sales engineer: $167,000
Application engineer: $142,000
Business systems analyst: $130,000
Application engineer: $130,000
Software engineer: $110,000
Google Cloud, specialist sales engineer: $106,000
Google Cloud, inside sales engineer: $105,000
Network implementation engineer: $88,000
Google Cloud technical resident: $78,000
Microsoft hired a senior software development engineer with a salary of $159,000.
Microsoft is the second-most dominant player in the cloud, after Amazon Web Services. The tech giant has seven locations in Texas, including in Austin, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.
Microsoft had 4,134 approved visa applications in 2020, including 103 in Texas. Here are some of Microsoft's recent hires in Texas and how much they're paid:
Premier field engineer: $168,000
Senior software development engineer: $159,000
Product manager: $158,000
Cloud solution architect: $155,000
Senior data and applied scientist: $148,000
Support engineering manager: $148,000
Software engineer: $147,000
Program manager: $146,000
Escalation engineer: $136,000
Support engineer: $86,000
Oracle hired a senior developer with a salary of $129,000 to $225,000.
Oracle, a dominant vendor in enterprise software, is pushing to become a bigger player in the cloud, where it is up against stronger rivals led by Amazon, Microsoft and Google. The Silicon Valley giant two years ago opened a massive campus in Austin as part of a major campaign to lure new talent, particularly college grads.
Oracle had 452 approved visa applications this year, including 45 in Texas. Here are some of Oracle's recent hires in Texas and how much they're paid:
Software developer: $129,000 to $225,000
Master principal sales consultant: $136,000 to $199,000
Systems analyst: $113,000 to $179,000
User experience developer: $124,000 to $179,000
Applications developer: $107,000 to $150,000
Senior sales consultant: $117,000 to $157,000
Financial analyst: $115,000 to $157,000
Credit and collections senior manager: $97,000 to $142,000
Software development consultant: $102,000 to $141,000
Staff sales consultant: $88,000 to $125,000
IBM hired a technical architect with a salary of $113,000 to $225,000.
IBM is a traditional tech powerhouse which has long been a major player in the enterprise market. Big Blue has long had a strong presence in Texas where it runs a major research facility in Austin and client services centers in Houston, Iriving and Dallas.
IBM had 1,876 approved visa applications this year, including 290 in Texas. Here are some of IBM's recent hires in Texas and how much they're paid:
Chief technology officer, digital platforms: $232,000
Technical architect: $113,000 to $225,000
Senior architect: $132,000 to $217,000
Software developer: $128,000 to $196,000
Advisory engineer: $132,000 to $186,000
Advisory architect: $113,000 to $166,000
Project manager: $94,000 to $140,000
Application architect: $96,000 to $138,000
Data engineer: $97,000 to $132,000
Application programmer: $78,000
Dell hired a director for IT architecture with a salary of $180,000.
Dell, which is based in Round Rock, just outside Austin, is a major tech and corporate institution in Texas. Ashley Jennings, managing director of the Texas Innovation Center at the University of Texas at Austin, calls company the "tech godfather of the city of Austin" which has "created more jobs" than any other tech company in the region.
Dell had 472 approved visa applications this year, including 398 in Texas. Here are some of Dell's recent hires in Texas and how much they're paid:
Senior director, material planning: $236,000
Senior director, quality engineering: $200,000
Director, IT architecture: $180,000
Software, senior principal engineer: $178,000
Technical staff, software engineer: $171,000
Firmware senior principal engineer: $160,000
Senior consultant, sales, planning and strategy: $159,000
Principal engineer, product security engineering: $153,000
Senior consultant, IT architecture: $151,000
Electrical senior engineer: $130,000
SAP hired a services architecture expert with a salary of $130,000 to $220,000.
SAP is one of the biggest enterprise software vendors in the world. But like archrival Oracle, the German tech behemoth is pushing for a stronger position in the cloud. SAP has maintained a presence in Texas, including in Houston, Allen and Plano, where one of the tech giant's six US labs is located.
SAP had 393 approved visa applications, including 23 in Texas. Here are some of SAP's recent hires in Texas and how much they're paid:
Services architecture expert: $130,000 to $220,000
Expert support engineer: $200,000
Business senior manager, consulting: $196,000
Business processes, senior consultant: $175,000
Demo solutions architect: $153,000
Senior support engineer: $131,000
Senior developer: $131,000
Technical consultant: $126,000
Development senior consultant: $123,000
Support engineer: $82,000
Cisco hired a systems architect with a salary of $161,000 to $216,000.
Cisco dominates the market for networking systems. The Silicon Valley company is also adapting to new trends in enterprise tech, including the rapid growth of the cloud and of networking that relies more heavily on software, rather than hardware. Cisco also has a strong presence in Texas, including in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Richardson.
Cisco had 695 approved visa applications, including 71 in Texas. Here are some of Cisco's recent hires in Texas and how much they're paid:
Systems architect: $161,000 to $216,000
Technical leader: $133,000 to $193,000
Customer delivery architect: $126,000 to $193,000
User experience designer: $102,000 to $185,000
Technical marketing engineer: $118,000 to $169,000
Software architect: $116,000 to $169,000
Technical consulting engineer: $113,000 to $168,000
Software engineer: $112,000 to $155,000
Software quality assurance engineer: $105,000 to $155,000
Network engineer: $80,000