15 Cities With the Most High-Tech Jobs

By: Evan Comen and Thomas C. Frohlich / 24/7 Wall St. 

Austin-Round Rock, TX ranked among top 15 cities with the most high-tech jobs according to 24/7 Wall St.

The metro area came in No.9 on the list based on the following criteria:

  • Advanced industries, share of employment: 13.1%
  • Advanced industries, share of output: 25.5%
  • Annual avg. wage: $55,909
  • Largest advanced industry: Computer systems design

As is the case in all but a few top cities for advanced industries, Austin-Round Rock area residents report some of the highest educational attainment rates in the nation — 42.6% of area adults have at least a bachelor’s degree versus 30.6% of adults nationwide. The broad level of qualifications helps tech companies fill job openings and is the engine behind the innovations expected from advanced industries in these cities.

Information technology giant and PC maker Dell is based in Round Rock. IBM, which holds more patents than any company in the world, is located in Austin. Tech giant Apple also employs thousands in the Austin area.