These are the 5 top WFH hotspots in the U.S.

By Amanda Kavanagh
24 October 2023 | 15 Shares

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Colorado, Massachusetts, California, Texas and New York have emerged as the top states for WFH in the US. That’s according to a recent U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, which examines data from the previous seven days.

Colorado has the highest percentage of remote workers in America: Some 37% of Coloradans surveyed say they regularly work from home, at least one day a week.

While on the opposite end of the spectrum, Mississippi had some of the lowest recorded figures, with just 12% of respondents working from home regularly.

The data collected includes demographic details like age, sex at birth, sexual orientation, income and educational background, and includes all states, plus Washington D.C., and reveals a mix of insights.

Massachusetts ranks highest for the number of cisgender men and women working from home (average 38%), while back in Colorado, women are most likely to work remotely (average 37%).

Unsurprisingly, the physically larger states have a higher number of people working remotely.

California had the highest number of remote workers with 8.8m respondents saying they worked remotely 1-2 days, 3-4 days or 5 days plus.

Similarly, 5.7m of Texan respondents said they worked from home in the previous seven days.


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In states with a large presence of tech companies, like California and New York, many respondents appeared to be hybrid working. In New York, 2.5m workers worked for 1-2 days or 3-4 days out of the 4.4m total. While in California, 56% of remote workers were not full-time remote workers.

Follow the money

If you’re seeking a higher salary, Massachusetts could be worth a look. The Bay State had the highest number of workers earning $200,000 or more from home, with eight in ten high-earners regularly working remotely.

On the other end of the scale, Utah is the state to have the most remote workers earning $25,000 or less (20% of all surveyed).

Overall, the census shows that remote workers can earn significantly high salaries. In multinationals, remote work allows teams to collaborate without geographical limits and across multiple time zones.

If you’re ready to make a move to fully remote, there are exciting new roles updated to the TechHQ Jobs Board every week. While the competition for roles can be tougher, due to the broader selection pool, remote-first companies offer high compensation and very tangible benefits.

Some roles are remote within a particular state, and others are remote throughout the U.S. Try these three to start.

Director of Business Development, Wake Research, Boston/remote

Founded in 2000 with start-up investment from Sony, M3 is a global leader in digital solutions in healthcare. Working across multiple sectors including healthcare, life scenes, pharmacy, biotech and charities, M3 provides market research, medical education programs, promotional programs, clinical development, job requirement and clinic appointment services. Now seeking a remote Director of Business Development, the successful candidate will present and promote the organization’s site network services and solutions to potential clients. Existing and new accounts will be targeted with the objective of establishing long-term, mutually-beneficial business partnerships. Find out more here.

VP of Sales Engineering – NYC, Hibob, New York

HiBob is a modern HR platform that powers productivity, engagement and retention in mid-sized businesses. Based in New York, but with a remote work-from-anywhere policy for up to two months after six months of employment, successful candidates for this Global VP of Sales Engineering will be dubbed a ‘Bobber’. This VP will manage a team of leaders and sales engineers, working closely with the sales function to drive ARR growth. The base salary starts from $195,000 and the role has a variable compensation component. Read all about this role here.

Senior Account Executive, Large Payers, Smile DH, Dallas

If you’re seeking a remote position located anywhere in the U.S., consider this role with health technology company, Smile Digital Health. This Senior Account Executive role is a hybrid sales and support role, supporting existing and new customers. The successful candidate will manage end-to-end strategic sales efforts for the U.S. Payer sector, including target sales plans, prospect identification, lead development and generation, sales calls, contract negotiations and closing complex details. Apply for this role here.

Seeking a remote role in U.S. tech? Visit the TechHQ Job Board for a whole host of options, refreshed continuously