No. 7: Brew City -- Milwaukee, Wis.
With a 9.7 percent increase in year-over-year average salary growth, from $74,465 in 2011 to $81,670 in 2012, Milwaukee tech professionals were brewing up more than just hops last year.
One reason many cities saw growth, according to Scot Melland, chairman, president and CEO of Dice Holdings Inc., was because "employers are recognizing and adjusting to the reality of a tight market," he said in the report. "The fact is you either pay to recruit or pay to retain, and these days, at least for technology teams, companies are doing both." And, that was certainly the case in Milwaukee last year.