Cyberstates 2016

The 17th annual edition of Cyberstates provides a state-by-state analysis of the size and scope of the U.S. tech industry and tech workforce.

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State Tech Overview


The U.S. technology industry added nearly 200,000 net jobs in 2015, with 45 states and the District of Columbia experienced an overall net increase in tech industry jobs, led by California, New York and Texas

California continues to lead the nation in tech industry workers with more than 1.1 million, nearly double that of second-ranked Texas and more than three times as many as third-ranked New York. Florida and Massachusetts round out the top five with 311,800 and 294,600 jobs respectively.

Massachusetts (9.8 percent) and Virginia (9.5 percent) lead the nation in the concentration of its workers in the tech industry. Colorado and Maryland are not far behind rounding out the top four states.

California also leads the country with the highest average wage for tech industry workers at just over $149,000/year. This represents a 2.9 percent increase from 2014, adjusted for inflation. Washington ranked second with annual averages of nearly $130,000 in 2015, followed closely by Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The technology industry’s highly skilled, highly educated workers are well compensated throughout the states. Every state sees technology workers earning significantly higher wages than the average private sector worker. The average tech wage was more than double the private wage in the following 10 states: California, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Virginia, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado, Delaware and New Hampshire.

Nationally, the composition of the tech sector workforce consists of approximately 4.5 million men and 2.3 million women, which translates to 66.2 percent and 33.8 percent, respectively. The District of Columbia had the highest representation of women in the tech sector workforce at 39.5 percent, followed by South Dakota, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. Utah had the lowest representation of women in the tech sector at 27.7 percent.

The tech sector categories with the highest percentage of women in the workforce include: computer training, biotechnology R&D, capacitor and transformer manufacturing, data processing and hosting Internet services, and wireless telecommunications services. The tech occupation categories with the highest percentage of women in the workforce include: assemblers, computer operators, database administrators, computer systems analysts, and information research scientists.

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