TechAmerica Foundation : The Bay Area Totals 394,300 Tech Jobs in 2009


The Bay Area Totals 394,300 Tech Jobs in 2009

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Silicon Valley Has the Highest Concentration of Tech Workers in the Nation

Washington, DC (December 8, 2010) – TechAmerica Foundation today released its latest report on trends in the U.S. high-tech industry, Cybercities 2010: The Definitive Analysis of the High-Tech Industry in the Nation’s Top 60 Cities.  This detailed report tracks trends in high-tech employment, wages, establishments, payroll, employment concentration, and wage differential at the metropolitan level.

“With Silicon Valley in the heart of the Bay Area, it is no surprise that we have the most technology industry workers nationwide and that San Jose has the highest concentration,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma.  “However, our stature and importance to the technology industry depends on keeping the Bay Area and California an attractive place to do business.  This means that we need policies that promote economic growth, a workforce that has a strong background in math and science, and world class colleges and universities with cutting-edge research that generates ideas and technology for the private sector.”

The high-tech industry in San Jose/Silicon Valley employed 225,600 workers, ranked third nationwide in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This represents a loss of 8,600 jobs, or four percent, over the previous year.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in the Valley earned $132,100, the highest average tech wage in the nation.  In San Jose this represents a pay that is 67 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.  Nearly one out of every three private sector workers in San Jose work for a technology company, the highest concentration of tech workers of any major metropolitan city.

The high-tech industry in San Francisco employed 86,600 workers in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This represents a loss of 1,800 jobs, or two percent, over the previous year.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in San Francisco earned $123,500, or 66 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

The high-tech industry in Oakland employed 82,100 workers in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This represents a loss of 5,700 jobs, or seven percent, over the previous year.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in Oakland earned $98,400, or 76 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

Combining all three metro areas together, the tech industry employment in the entire Bay Area totaled 394,300, more than any other metro area. The largest high-tech sector in the Bay Area was computer systems design and related services, which employed 95,700 workers in 2009.

Cybercities 2010 shows that the top ten cybercities by high-tech employment in 2009 were New York, Washington, DC, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Boston, Dallas – Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Houston.

Cybercities 2010 may be purchased for $150.  Visit www.techamericafoundation.org/cybercities to download the report, or call 408.987.4200.

What Does High Tech Mean for San Jose/Silicon Valley?

  • 225,600 high-tech workers in 2009 (3rd ranked)
  • 8,600 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 (37th ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 294 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (1st ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $132,100 (1st ranked), or 67 percent more than Silicon Valleys average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $29.8 billion in 2009, 2nd ranked
  • 5,400 high-tech establishments in 2009, (13th ranked)

San Jose/Silicon Valley’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 1st in computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing with 37,600 jobs
  • 1st in semiconductor manufacturing with 33,500 jobs
  • 2nd in Internet services with 19,700 jobs

What Does High Tech Mean for San Francisco?

  • 86,600 high-tech workers in 2009 (17th ranked)
  • 1,800 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 (23rd ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 103 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (13th ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $123,500 (2nd ranked), or 66 percent more than San Francisco’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $10.7 billion in 2009, ranked 11th nationwide
  • 3,800 high-tech establishments in 2009, ranked 19th nationwide

San Francisco’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 3rd in software publishers with 13,000 jobs
  • 9th in computer systems design and related services with 31,400 jobs
  • 12th in R&D and testing labs with 14,000 jobs

What Does High Tech Mean for Oakland?

  • 82,100 high-tech workers in 2009 (19th ranked)
  • 5,700 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 (54th ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 101 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (14th ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $98,400 (7th ranked), or 76 percent more than Oakland’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $8.1 billion in 2009 (16th ranked)
  • 3,800 high-tech establishments in 2009 (20th ranked)

Oakland’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 6th in semiconductor manufacturing with 5,300 jobs
  • 9th  in electronic components manufacturing with 5,000 jobs
  • 10th in R&D and testing labs with 16,700 jobs

Notes:

San Francisco = Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties

San Jose/Silicon Valley = Santa Clara County

Oakland = Alameda and Contra Costa Counties

Data are for 2009 unless otherwise noted.

2009 data are the most current available for employment, wages, payroll, establishments, and industry sector jobs.

Source: Cybercities 2010 is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data

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