IT Management Slideshow: Cities With The Best Tech Jobs, Salaries

By Jeff Goldman  |  Posted 12-15-2010

Top 5 in Employment

Leading metropolitan areas for high-tech jobs in 2009 (number employed):New York (317,000)Washington, DC (293,000)San Jose/Silicon Valley (225,600)Boston (219,800)Dallas-Fort Worth (174,800)

Top 5 in Employment

Top 5 in Salaries

Cities with highest average high-tech wages in 2009(average annual salary)San Jose/Silicon Valley ($132,100)San Francisco ($123,500)Boston ($102,200)Washington, DC ($100,500)Durham ($100,400)

Top 5 in Salaries

Top 3 in Salary Increases

Wages for high-tech jobs increased the most in these cities(average dollar amount of increase, 2009 over 2008&#151adjusted for inflation to 2009 dollars)St. Louis (+$4,300)Tampa-St. Petersburg (+$3,900) Virginia Beach (+$3,200)

Top 3 in Salary Increases

Top 5 in Wage Growth

(Average percentage increase of wages in 2009 over 2008)Tampa-St. Petersburg (5.8 percent) St. Louis (5.5 percent)Virginia Beach-Norfolk (5.0 percent)Salt Lake City (4.3 percent)Huntsville (4.0 percent)

Top 5 in Wage Growth

Top 5 in Payroll

(total payroll 2009)New York ($31.2 billion)San Jose/Silicon Valley ($29.8 billion)Washington, DC ($29.4 billion)Boston ($22.5 billion)Los Angeles ($15.5 billion)

Top 5 in Payroll

Top 3 in Job Creation

(number of tech jobs added in 2009)Oklahoma City (more than 900)Huntsville (just under 900)San Diego (almost 500)

Top 3 in Job Creation

Top 5 in Job Growth

(percent of jobs growth, 2009 over 2008)Oklahoma City (5.4 percent)Huntsville (2.4 percent)Albany (1.6 percent)Buffalo (0.6 percent)Palm Bay-Melbourne (0.6 percent)

Top 5 in Job Growth

Top 5 in Employment Concentration

(portion of all private sector workers employed in high-tech jobs, 2009)San Jose/Silicon Valley (30 percent)Huntsville (23 percent)Boulder (22 percent)Durham (17 percent)Palm Bay-Melbourne (15 percent)

Top 5 in Employment Concentration

Large Cybercities

(Those with more than 75,000 tech workers)Among large cybercities, only San Diego and Denver saw high-tech employment increase between 2008 and 2009, at 0.4 percent each. Seattle remained flat, neither growing nor declining significantly.

Large Cybercities

Medium Cybercities

(Those with 25,000 - 75,000 tech workers)Among medium cybercities, Huntsville was the only city to exhibit high-tech job growth in 2009, adding 900 jobs (2.4 percent).

Medium Cybercities

Small Cybercities

(Those with fewer than 25,000 tech workers)Small cybercities were standouts in terms of tech job growth in 2009. Four of the seven cybercities that saw the most employment growth were small: Oklahoma City, Albany, Buffalo, and Palm Bay-Melbourne.

Small Cybercities