No. 10 City for Tech Jobs: Houston
Number of high-tech Jobs: 127,760
High-tech payroll: $11.2 billion
Average wage: $87,292
Area employers: Exxon Mobil, FMC Technologies, Cardtronics
Best known for its oil businesses, Houston is also home to companies that provide engineering and computer systems design services. These employers suffered when information technology spending by local companies in the oil and gas sector and other industries dropped. The average high-tech worker in the area made 57 percent more than employees in the private sector.