I've been retired since 1998, so the pay structure was vastly different back then for the social services industry in which I worked. I'm not even aware of most pay structures by industry, because that subject hasn't been of any interest, but I do know that the high tech industry here in Silicon Valley has very good pay scales for the right kind of skills. The last I read, the right kind of engineers can start at about $135,000/year. The big problem for newcomers is the high cost of living.
Back in the mid-70s, we paid $52 thousand for our three bedroom two bath home. It's now worth over $1.7 million. These homes were built in 1955, so we've made major renovations to our home, and increased the living space.
Apple is building their Campus 2 costing $5 billion less than a mile from our home. It's going to house 12,000 workers, and the demand for housing in our area will increase.
However, we have no plans of moving from this area.