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InfoShot: California still the top Cyberstate

You can talk about skills shortages and Unicorpses all you like, but it seems times are good for tech.

According to CompTIA’s Cyberstates 2016 report – the trade association’s annual analysis of the US tech industry – Technology employed 6.7 million in 2015, equivalent to 5.7% of US Private sector workers. Technology was the biggest industry and contributed approximately 7.1% to the US’ overall GDP.

Unsurprisingly, California was the top “cyberstate” and boasted over 1 million tech industry workers in 2015, more than the next two largest tech employers Texas and New York put together. At the bottom of the pile, Wyoming has just 5,211 people working within the tech industry – actually a near-3% rise compared to 2014 – mostly within telecomm and engineering services.

Cali also saw the most new technology jobs created – close to 60,000 – although Utah saw the biggest percentage increase in tech sector employment, rising 8% on the year before. A majority of states saw employment in the industry rise; only Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii and West Virginia saw their tech industries contract in size.

The average wage for the tech worker was $105,400, but could reach as high as $150,000 in California, and a low average of $59,000 in South Dakota. For comparison, the average US private sector salary is $51,600.

Overall it seems like a good time to be working in tech; lower unemployment levels compared to other industries, more job openings, wages that are nearly double the average within private sector and increasing.

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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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