State ranks ninth in tech employment, third in innovation
Seattle – Washington’s technology industry employment grew by an estimated 4.9 percent in 2016 as employers added some 10,600 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 226,452 workers, Washington ranks ninth among the 50 states for tech industry employment.
Technology occupations across all other industries in Washington – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 236,000 in 2016.
The tech sector accounts for an estimated 13.2 percent ($58.9 billion) of the Washington economy.
The annualized average wage for a Washington tech industry worker was an estimated $134,800 in 2016, 133 percent higher than the average state wage ($57,800). Washington ranks second nationwide in average tech industry wages.
Other Key Findings
“The Cyberstates data affirms the strength and vitality of Washington’s tech industry, 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 http://www.cyberstates.org/.
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