Average tech salary in Silicon Valley is $85,600, C/C++ the most demanded skill

Job postings to Dice.com rose 31.1% in April 2006 over April 2005 to 89,286 postings. Boston had the largest gain in the job postings in April 2006, growing 13.2% to 3,268. Philadelphia was pushed down to the seventh position with 3,164 postings. Salaries in Silicon Valley topped other metropolitan areas, averaging $85,600, followed by Boston at $78,700, New York at $76,700, Baltimore/Washington, D.C., at $76,100 and Atlanta at $75,000. The most sought-after skills, based on job postings, continue to include C and C++ with postings requiring such experience growing 5.5% in April.