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Nicole Cobler
47 mins ago - Business

Austin tech salaries climb

Data:; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

More good news for Austin's tech workers: Local salaries increased 5% in the last year and aren't far behind tech workers' pay in California, a new report found.

Local takeaways: Of the 12 cities examined by job marketplace Hired, Austin ranks No. 6 with an average tech salary of $144,000, coming close to California cities despite differences in cost of living.

  • San Diego trailed just behind Austin, and Los Angeles ranked No. with an average of $149,000, while San Francisco topped the list at $165,000.
  • Dallas ranked near the bottom, with an average tech salary of $124,000, declining 9.5% from the previous year.
Asher Price
48 mins ago - News

The traffic death of a promising Austin teen

Poster in memory of Aaliyah Marie Martinez at a Hutto football game.
Posters in memory of Aaliyah Martinez at a Hutto football game in early October. Photo courtesy of Hutto ISD/Rebekah Hawkins

One Monday evening earlier this month, Aaliyah Martinez, a 16-year-old from Hutto and beloved daughter, sister, friend, classmate and teammate on the high school soccer squad, was driving on a North Austin overpass when she lost control of her 2004 Honda CRV.

Details: Austin police have not said what led to the accident.

Axios interviews: Austin photographer Sarah Wilson

An East Austin mural by Sarah Wilson of an essential woman worker.
An East Austin mural by Sarah Wilson of an essential woman worker. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Striking, 19-foot murals of essential women workers can be spotted around Austin nowadays, the work of photographer Sarah Wilson.

Austin home sales calm

A house for sale in South Austin.
A house for sale in South Austin. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

Some good news for prospective homebuyers: September home sales slid nearly 5% compared to the same month last year, per new data from the Austin Board of Realtors.

Why it matters: Have you tried buying a home lately? Bidding wars this past year have meant homes go for hundreds of thousands of dollars over listing prices as frenzied hopeful owners try to secure their piece of the American Dream.

  • Austin homebuying has reached grim comedy: To the ESPN prompt, "Name something that isn't an Olympic sport, but feels like an Olympic sport," the Austin Twitter account Evil MoPac answered: "Buying a house in Austin."
Nicole Cobler
Oct 20, 2021 - Business

Exclusive: Grassroots group raises concerns over Tesla hirings

A photo of construction at the site of Tesla's proposed gigafactory in Austin.
The Tesla Inc. factory under construction on Harold Green Road and State Highway 130 in Austin on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Photo: Bronte Wittpenn/Bloomberg via Getty Images

One grassroots group has raised concerns with Tesla leadership over hiring practices at the company's new Austin gigafactory, urging the car manufacturer to improve opportunities for residents who only speak Spanish.

The big picture: Tesla, which recently announced it will move its headquarters to Austin, will employ at least 5,000 workers at the new plant.

  • The hiring process has already begun, and many of the jobs at the plant require only a high school education. CEO Elon Musk said he doesn't care "if you even graduated high school" to get a job at Tesla.
  • The company listed 364 Austin-based jobs on its website Tuesday.
Asher Price
Oct 20, 2021 - Real Estate

Boomers quashing millennials in Austin homebuying battles

Illustration of a "for sale" sign with a digital clock counting down from 5 seconds, then showing the blinking word "sold."
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The newest cage-match venue for young'uns and old folks: that piece of property down the street that's for sale.

Driving the news: Elbowed out by Americans 60 years and older, young people are making up a smaller share of recent homebuyers than in previous years, per a new Zillow analysis.

  • Because baby boomers are more likely to be homeowners who can use money from the sale of their current home to buy their next one, they have a built-in advantage in a bidding war against younger buyers, who are often buying their first home.

Austin's pumpkin patch economy

Volunteers prep pumpkins at an Austin pumpkin patch.
Volunteers prepare pumpkins for sale at a South Austin pumpkin patch. Photo: Asher Price/Axios

By the time Abel Ponce executed a nimble three-point turn in his 18-wheeler at a narrow, oak tree-lined South Austin intersection on Sunday afternoon — the final maneuver in a 16-hour drive from Farmington, New Mexico — a group of more than three dozen volunteers assembled to offload his precious cargo: pumpkins.

Why it matters: Delays and costs associated with setting up a pumpkin patch this year at an Austin church present a window into a national economy beset with logistics and inflation challenges.

Sober October: Austin company aims to transform how we drink

A close up of beer and foam
Photo Illustration: Lorenzo Di Cola/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A Fresh Sip, an Austin-based, alcohol-free beverage platform, aims to revolutionize the way consumers find non-alcoholic beverage options.

Details: Co-founders Aishwarya Balaji and Payal Thaker joined forces to create A Fresh Sip in December, launching a site to discover non-alcoholic beers, wines, spirits and other beverages. The group also offers menu curation at events and collaborates with hotels and other businesses.