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Illinois Technology Industry Added Nearly 3,000 Jobs in 2016

Apr 03, 2017

CompTIA Cyberstates 2017™ finds state ranks seventh in tech employment

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois’s technology industry added nearly 3,000 new jobs in 2016, 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 245,674 workers, Illinois ranks seventh among the 50 states in tech industry employment.

Technology occupations across all other industries in Illinois – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 285,500 in 2016.

The tech sector accounts for an estimated 5.5 percent ($43 billion) of the state economy.

The annualized average wage for an Illinois tech industry worker was an estimated $99,500 in 2016, 77 percent higher than the average state wage ($56,200). Illinois ranks 15th nationally in average tech industry wages.

“The technology industry is an integral part of the Illinois economy and we intend to grow opportunities in our state for both businesses and the workforce,” said Hardik Bhatt, Chief Digital Officer & Acting Secretary, Innovation & Technology, State of Illinois. “Technology is a key strategy of our administration and Illinois is making tremendous advances toward digital transformation since the establishment of our new agency, Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT), bringing all IT resources under one organization to enable enterprise solutions. Illinois is committed to technology and providing our residents with services that are both competitive and compassionate.”

Other Key Findings

  • Illinois ranks 24th 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 24,353 tech business establishments. About 14,000 are located in the Chicago metropolitan area.
  • The tech industry employs an estimated 4.2 percent of the overall state workforce.
  • Leading tech occupations include computer systems analysts (28,100), application software developers (26,970) and computer user support specialists (23,790).
  • The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of computer systems design and IT services (+ 5.6 percent) and Internet services (+ 4.8 percent).
  • Employers posted more than 29,000 job openings for tech occupations in Q4 2016. An estimated 25,595 of those postings were in the Chicago market.

“The Cyberstates data affirms the strength and vitality of the tech industry in Illinois, and attests to its essential standing in the economy,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA. “Technology enables innovation and generates growth for companies, regardless of their size, locale or markets served.”

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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