City/metro area: Seattle
Available IT jobs: 1,195*
Average salary for database administrator (DBA): $73,716**
Local attractions: The Space Needle isn't the only draw to the Pacific Northwest city. Seattle also is home to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, which features exhibitions on Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound and Jim Henson's Fantastic World.
*According to jobs posted on Dice as of May 1, 2009
**According to PayScale, May 2009
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