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High-Tech, High Salaries

Techies have long flocked to New York, Washington, and Silicon Valley in search of work. In 2009 that may have been to no avail. All three metro areas lost high-tech jobs, a trend that spread through much of the country.

Fifty-two of the nation's 60 largest metropolitan areas known for high-tech industry shed technology jobs in 2009, according to a new study from TechAmerica Foundation, a high-tech industry association based in Arlington, Va. The study was based on an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In fact, high-tech workers have fared better than other private sector employees. While pay at an average high-tech job dropped by 0.8 percent last year, wages paid at an average private industry job declined 1.4 percent, according to TechAmerica. Just don't expect to find the city with the biggest overall increase in tech jobs listed among the top 25 biggest U.S. tech markets. That's because Oklahoma City remains a relatively small market, coming in at No. 57 of the 60 metros in the ranking.

Click here for America's top 25 high-tech cities in 2009, ranked according to the number of high-tech workers they employ.
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