No. 13 City for Tech Jobs: Minneapolis-St. Paul

Number of high-tech Jobs: 98,583

High-tech payroll: $8 billion

Average wage: $81,579

Area employers: UnitedHealth Group, 3M, Medtronic

Home to companies specializing in computer system design and electro-medical equipment and measuring instruments manufacturing, the Minneapolis area lost 4 percent of its tech jobs last year. For example, giant 3M (MMM), maker of Post-It Notes and Scotch Tape, cut 5,600 jobs in 2008 and 2009. The average high-tech salary was 65 percent higher than the average private sector wage.
 
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