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Connecticut Technology Industry Added 1,900 Workers in 2016

Apr 03, 2017

CompTIA Cyberstates 2017™ finds state ranks26th in tech employment, 22nd in innovation

Hartford, Conn. – Connecticut’s technology industry employment grew by an estimated 2.6 percent in 2016, as employers added 1,903 new jobs, according to Cyberstates 2017™, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry released today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association.

With an estimated 75,096 workers, Connecticut ranks 26th among the 50 states for tech industry employment.

Technology occupations across all other industries in Connecticut – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 93,000 in 2016.

The tech sector accounts for an estimated 5.3 percent ($13.5 billion) of the overall state economy.

The annualized average wage for a tech industry worker in Connecticut was an estimated $105,500 in 2016, 60 percent higher than the average state wage ($65,800). Connecticut ranks 26th nationally in average tech industry wages.

Other Key Findings

  • Connecticut ranks 22nd among all states in the Cyberstates 2017 Innovation Score, which is based on an analysis of new tech patents, tech startups and new tech business establishments on a per capita basis.
  • The state is home to an estimated 6,471 tech business establishments.
  • The tech industry employs an estimated 4.5 percent of the overall state workforce.
  • Leading tech occupations include application software developers (9,040), computer systems analysts (7,320) and computer user support specialists (7,220).
  • The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of R&D and testing labs (+ 20.3 percent) and engineering services (+ 3.1 percent).
  • Employers posted an estimated 10,000 job openings for tech occupations in Q4 2016.

Cyberstates 2017 is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, and other sources. Estimates for 2016 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The complete report with full national, state and metropolitan level data is available at

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