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Strong Job Growth in Idaho’s Technology Industry

Mar 27, 2018

CompTIA Cyberstates 2018 report shows tech industry workforce grew by 2.8% in 2017

Boise, Idaho – Technology industry employment in Idaho grew by 2.8 percent in 2017, the fifth highest percentage increase in the nation, according to Cyberstates™ 2018, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry published today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology industry association.

The tech sector is responsible for an estimated 9.4 percent ($6.1 billion) of the overall economy in Idaho. Tech’s impact on the Idaho economy ranks 3rd, behind only manufacturing and government.

With an estimated 51,900 tech workers, Idaho ranks 39th in net tech employment.[1] Tech workers make up 6.5 percent of the state’s total workforce. The average tech industry wage in Idaho is $87,740; 118 percent higher than the state’s average annual private sector wage of $40,290.

Idaho saw a 44.9 percent increase from 2016 to 2017 in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies – such as the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and augmented reality, and blockchain. While these positions accounted for a small percentage of total tech job postings, it indicates where organizations are headed with the technology investments.

The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of IT services and custom software services (+ 7.8 percent) and techy manufacturing (+ 7.7 percent).

Cyberstates 2018 (#cyberstates) is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, EMSI, Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, and other sources. Estimates for 2017 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated. The complete Cyberstates 2018 report, with complete national, state and metropolitan level data, is available at

About CompTIA
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Steven Ostrowski


[1] Net tech employment includes tech industry workers in technical and non-technical positions, technical workers in other industries and self-employed technology workers.