It’s no secret that the high cost of living is making some tech workers think twice about living in the Bay Area. But much of the appeal of living somewhere outside of the Bay Area isn’t about getting a higher paycheck, but rather — as we’ve talked about before in the Heartland Tech section — being able to make your paycheck go further.

Recent graduates from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, however, may be able to get the best of both worlds. Andrew Moore, the dean of Carnegie Mellon’s computer science school, told CNBC that some graduates are now able to get huge pay packages of up to $200,000 straight out of college — thanks to the boom in self-driving technology in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh is currently home to Uber’s advanced technologies center and Argo AI, which Ford has invested in.

“It does feel very much like a gold rush town at the moment,” Moore tells CNBC.

Now, Pittsburgh has a major advantage over other cities, as Carnegie Mellon is one of the leading institutions for robotics and computer science research. But it’s a promising sign that, as other cities around the country become hubs for different types of emerging tech, Silicon Valley won’t be the only region commanding large paychecks.

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