IT job spotting: Top 20 metro areas for tech jobs

Dice.com reports the top 20 metro areas for tech jobs, based on how much IT pros are getting paid and the number of open positions

After two straight years of flat wages, tech pros finally got a salary bump in 2011. The average annual wage for technology and engineering pros climbed 2% to $81,327 last year, according to new data from Dice.com. In some areas, salaries jumped even higher. Tech pros reported 12% gains in Austin, Texas, and Portland, Ore., for instance. Here’s a look at salaries and job opportunities in the top 20 metro areas for tech jobs, based on data from Dice. Beginning with New York, which has the most available tech jobs as of January 2012, the slides are organized in descending order according to the number of open jobs.

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New York

Average 2011 salary: $90,042

Compared to 2010: +3.1%

Number of tech job openings: 8,349

Compared to Jan. 2010: +8%

Washington, D.C./Baltimore

Average 2011 salary: $94,317

Compared to 2010: +5.8%

Number of tech job openings: 7,424

Compared to Jan. 2010: -17%

Silicon Valley

Average 2011 salary: $104,195

Compared to 2010: +5.2%

Number of tech job openings: 5,026

Compared to Jan. 2010: +26%

Chicago

Average 2011 salary: $83,970

Compared to 2010: +5%

Number of tech job openings: 3,377

Compared to Jan. 2010: +15%

Los Angeles

Average 2011 salary: $87,183

Compared to 2010: +3.1%

Number of tech job openings: 3,036

Compared to Jan. 2010: +10%

Boston

Average 2011 salary: $88,657

Compared to 2010: +2.2%

Number of tech job openings: 3,009

Compared to Jan. 2010: +25%

Atlanta

Average 2011 salary: $82,235

Compared to 2010: -0.9%

Number of tech job openings: 2,943

Compared to Jan. 2010: +26%

Dallas

Average 2011 salary: $84,589

Compared to 2010: +3.7%

Number of tech job openings: 2,625

Compared to Jan. 2010: +20%

Seattle

Average 2011 salary: $90,362

Compared to 2010: +4.9%

Number of tech job openings: 2,553

Compared to Jan. 2010: +15%

Philadelphia

Average 2011 salary: $81,041

Compared to 2010: -1.2%

Number of tech job openings: 2,163

Compared to Jan. 2010: +26%

Minneapolis

Average 2011 salary: $80,767

Compared to 2010: -1.1%

Number of tech job openings: 1,536

Compared to Jan. 2010: +18%

Denver

Average 2011 salary: $86,590

Compared to 2010: +4.1%

Number of tech job openings: 1,524

Compared to Jan. 2010: +16%

Houston

Average 2011 salary: $89,307

Compared to 2010: +6.8%

Number of tech job openings: 1,373

Compared to Jan. 2010: +22%

Charlotte

Average 2011 salary: $84,795

Compared to 2010: +2.4%

Number of tech job openings: 1,259

Compared to Jan. 2010: +12%

Phoenix

Average 2011 salary: $74,950

Compared to 2010: -2.8%

Number of tech job openings: 1,163

Compared to Jan. 2010: +48%

Portland, Ore.

Average 2011 salary: $82,055

Compared to 2010: +12.3%

Number of tech job openings: 1,028

Compared to Jan. 2010: +70%

Austin

Average 2011 salary: $89,419

Compared to 2010: +12.7%

Number of tech job openings: 912

Compared to Jan. 2010: +8%

Detroit

Average 2011 salary: $71,455

Compared to 2010: 0%

Number of tech job openings: 893

Compared to Jan. 2010: +23%

Raleigh

Average 2011 salary: $79,830

Compared to 2010: +2.6%

Number of tech job openings: 869

Compared to Jan. 2010: +22%

San Diego

Average 2011 salary: $85,841

Compared to 2010: +0.3%

Number of tech job openings: 837

Compared to Jan. 2010: -7%