No. 16 City for Tech Jobs: Denver
Number of high-tech Jobs: 88,936
High-tech payroll: $8.2 billion
Average wage: $92,156
Area employers: Qwest Communications International (part of CenturyLink)
Between 2007 and 2009, Denver gained 5,200 high-tech jobs, proving itself an anomaly among the U.S.'s largest high-tech cities. The area's companies focus on telecommunications services, computer system design, and engineering services. The area's average techie earned 81 percent more than its average private sector employee.