Big data and cloud computing salaries in the U.S. are rising fast, and retaining technology professionals could be a growing challenge for employers in 2015, according to the latest Salary Survey results.

The top-paying technology skill sets in the U.S. include Platform as a Service (PaaS, $130,081 on average); Cassandra ($128,646); MapReduce ($127,315); Cloudera ($126,816) and HBase ($126,369), Dice's survey of nearly 24,000 professionals found. Many of those skills plus others on Dice's list focus primarily on big data and cloud-oriented careers.

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