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Tech Employment in Texas Surpasses 1M Workers

Apr 21, 2020

CompTIA Cyberstates 2020™ reveals tech’s impact in the Lone Star State

Austin, Texas – Information technology (IT) employment in Texas surpassed one million workers in 2019, capping a decade in which the state’s tech-related workforce expanded by more than 226,000 jobs, according to Cyberstates 2020™, the definitive guide to the U.S. tech industry, occupations and trends published annually by CompTIA, the leading trade association for the global IT industry.

Net tech employment grew by an estimated 27,466 workers in 2019, an increase of 2.8% over 2018.[1] From 2010 through 2019 tech employment in Texas grew by 28.3%. Tech workers now make up 7.6% of the state’s workforce.

At $141.7 billion the tech sector accounts for 8.3% of the state’s total economy. Texas is home to nearly 42,000 tech business establishments.

“Technology powered job growth and economic gains in the past decade in Texas and across the county while delivering countless benefits in how we work, communicate, create and share,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA.

“Looking ahead, the need for professionals from all backgrounds to develop, support, and protect these technologies will continue to grow,” Thibodeaux added. “In these trying times it is often difficult to think beyond today, but we must remain committed to preparing the workforce of tomorrow for success in whatever the future may hold.”

Texas ranked second, behind only California, in both net tech employment and net tech jobs added in 2019.

“The labor market for technology professionals was extremely tight during 2019, with unemployment nationwide at historic lows throughout periods of the year,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “This speaks to the broad-based demand for tech talent across regions, industries and employers looking to capitalize on innovation that was once in the realm of science fiction, but increasingly reality.”

In fact, positions in emerging technologies accounted for 17.8% of all tech job postings in Texas last year.

More from Cyberstates 2020

  • Net tech employment in the Austin metro area grew by 52.8% from 2010 to 2019, with more than 57,000 jobs added to the economy. San Antonio’s tech workforce increased 26.9% during the decade; Dallas grew by 27.3%; and Houston by 12.3%.
  • Dallas ranks seventh nationally in net tech employment with nearly 362,000 workers; and sixth in the number of new jobs added last year (9,932).
  • Austin was 10th in jobs added in 2019 (7,131) and, at 4.5%, eighth nationally in the percentage increase of its year-over-year growth in net tech employment.
  • Austin’s tech sector accounts for an estimated $33.5 billion of the local economy, about 24% of the total. That’s the fourth highest percentage among metro markets nationally.
  • The estimated median tech wage in Texas is $84,310. That’s 97% higher than the median wage for all occupations in the state.

Cyberstates 2020 is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), Burning Glass Technologies, Hoovers and other sources.     

Visit for the latest data on the economic and employment impact of the U.S. tech industry.

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[1] Net tech employment is a measure developed by CompTIA to encompass the two components of the tech workforce: employment within the tech industry and tech employment across all other sectors of the economy.

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Fast Facts

  • $2 trillion – Estimated direct economic impact of the U.S. tech industry, representing 8.8% of the national economy.

  • 582,000 – Number of tech business establishments in the U.S.

  • 9.1 million – U.S. net tech employment at the end of 2022.

  • 286,400 – Estimated number of new technology jobs added in the U.S. in 2022.

  • 4.1 million – Number of postings by U.S. employers for tech job openings during 2022.