TechAmerica Foundation : Kansas City Totals 64,600 Tech Jobs in 2009

Kansas City Totals 64,600 Tech Jobs in 2009

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Over 8% of Private Sector Workers in Kansas City Are in Tech

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.

The high-tech industry in Kansas City employed 64,600 workers in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This represents a loss of 2,400 jobs, or four percent, over the previous year.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in Kansas City earned $75,300, or 74 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

Kansas City’s largest high-tech sector was telecommunications services, which employed 20,900 workers in 2009.  Following this was computer systems design and related services, with 15,100 workers, and engineering services, with 11,300 workers in 2009.

“Kansas City is a strong center for innovation in the state,” said Ed Longanecker, Executive Director, Regional Vice President, TechAmerica. “With tech workers earning on average 74 percent more than private sector workers, they need to be doing all they can to encourage these types of jobs.”

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.

The nation’s highest tech industry employment concentration was in San Jose/Silicon Valley, where nearly thirty percent of private sector workers were employed by the tech industry.  Oklahoma City saw the largest tech industry employment growth, adding over 900 jobs in 2009.

Cybercities 2010 may be purchased for $150.  Visit to download the report, or call 408.987.4200.

What Does High Tech Mean for Kansas City?

  • 64,600 high-tech workers in 2009 (24th ranked)
  • 2,400 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 (40th ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 81 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (18th ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $75,300 (34th ranked), or 74 percent more than Kansas City’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $4.9 billion in 2009 (23rd ranked)
  • 2,900 high-tech establishments in 2009 (25th ranked)

Kansas City’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 8th in telecommunications services with 20,900 jobs
  • 21st in engineering services with 11,300 jobs
  • 23rd in computer systems design and related services with 15,100 jobs


Kansas City = Kansas Counties: Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte. Missouri Counties: Bates, Caldwell, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray.

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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TechAmerica Foundation educates industry executives, policy makers, and opinion leaders on the promise of technological innovation to advance prosperity, security, and the general welfare. Launched in 1981, the foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry. It disseminates award-winning industry, policy and market research covering topics such as U.S. competitiveness in a global economy, innovation in government, and other areas of national interest. The foundation also organizes conferences and seminars to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives and to share the foundation’s findings.