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U.S. tech industry employment surpasses 6.7 million workers

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The U.S. technology industry added nearly 200,000 net jobs in 2015 and now employs more than 6.7 million people.

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This is according to Cyberstates 2016: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry published by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

The new report shows 46 states had an overall net increase in tech industry jobs in 2015; and that the average tech industry wage was more than double that of the average private sector wage. A U.S. tech industry worker averages an annual wage of $105,400 compared to $51,600 for the average private sector wage.

Growth was once again led by the IT services sector which added more than 105,000 jobs between 2014 and 2015.

At the state level, the largest jobs gains were recorded in California (+59,500), New York (+15,500), Texas (+13,800), Massachusetts (+11,700), and Florida (+11,400).

The states with the highest concentration of tech workers were Massachusetts (9.8% of private sector employment), Virginia (9.5%), Colorado (9.0%), Maryland (8.6%), and California (8.2%). The largest states by tech industry employment continued to be California, Texas, and New York.

Cyberstates represents a comprehensive look at tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors nationally and state-by-state, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Now in its 17th edition, Cyberstates 2016 relies primarily on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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