TechAmerica Foundation : California Leads Nation in 2012 Tech Employment

California Leads Nation in 2012 Tech Employment

California Tech Workers Earn Highest Wage – $123,900


Washington, DC The TechAmerica Foundation today released the 15th edition of Cyberstates, the only comprehensive look at  tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors nationally and state-by-state.  Cyberstates 2013: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

California’s tech industry added 17,700 net jobs between 2011 and 2012, for a total of 968,800 jobs, the most tech workers in the nation.  This growth was led by such industry sectors as computer systems design (+9,600) and R&D and testing labs (+4,600).

California continued to lead the nation by most tech industry metrics, including employment, wages, payroll, and establishments.  California’s tech workers had the nation’s highest annual average wage at $123,900, which is 131 percent more than the state’s average private sector wage of $53,600.

“California remains a critical state for the technology industry,” said Matthew Kazmierczak, Vice President of the TechAmerica Foundation and author of Cyberstates.  “Of the 15 technology sectors that Cyberstates tracks, California led in 12 of the sectors.  As the tech industry employs some 7.8 percent of California’s private sector workforce, state and federal officials need to continue to provide an environment for technology to thrive.  This includes providing a strong foundation in STEM education and promoting tax and regulatory reform that makes the state a more business friendly location.”

Nationally, the U.S. tech industry added 67,400 net jobs in 2012, for a total of 5.95 million workers, growing at 1.1 percent, and representing 5.4 percent of the entire private sector workforce.  Overall, the average U.S. tech wage was $93,800 compared to $47,700 for the average private sector worker.

Cyberstates 2013 relies on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report provides 2012 national and state-by-state data on tech employment, wages, establishments, payroll, wage differential, and employment concentration. All data are the most recent available at the time of production.  2012 data are derived from the first and second quarters of 2012.

What Does Tech Mean for California?

  • 968,800 tech workers in 2012 (1st ranked cyberstate)
  • 17,700 net jobs added between 2011 and 2012, ranked 1st nationwide
  • Tech firms employed 7.8 percent of private sector workers in 2012, ranked 7th nationwide
  • Tech workers earned an average wage of $123,900 (1st ranked), 131 percent more than California’s average private sector wage
  • A tech payroll of $120 billion in 2012, ranked 1st nationwide
  • 41,900 tech establishments in 2012, ranked 1st  nationwide

California’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 1st in computer systems design and related services employment with 223,700 jobs
  • 1st in Internet and telecommunication services employment with 152,500 jobs
  • 1st in R&D and testing labs employment with 141,000 jobs
  • 1st in engineering services employment with 101,100 jobs

Data are for 2012 unless otherwise noted.

Published by TechAmerica Foundation. Copies of Cyberstates can be obtained at