TechAmerica Foundation : Sacramento Totals 39,700 Tech Jobs in 2009

Sacramento Totals 39,700 Tech Jobs in 2009

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Tech Wages in Sacramento Are Double the Average Private Sector Wage

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 Sacramento employed 39,700 workers in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This represents a loss of 2,100 jobs, or five percent, over the previous year and compares to a seven percent decline in Sacramento’s private sector as whole over the same time period.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in Sacramento earned $86,000, or 99 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

Sacramento’s largest high-tech sector was computer systems design and related services, which employed 8,700 workers in 2009.  Following this was telecommunications services, with 8,500 workers, and engineering services, with 6,400 workers in 2009.

“In a state with world-class technology clusters, Sacramento may often be overlooked, but the new Cybercities report clearly demonstrates the vital role technology companies play in the Sacramento region,” said Assm. Ted Gaines (R-Roseville). “High-tech companies are a significant regional employer, offering high-wage jobs with salaries double the local private sector average. It’s critical that government leaders at all level recognize how technology companies impact the local economy and work to foster a business friendly environment that allows them to expand and create new jobs that will support more local families.”

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 Sacramento?

  • 39,700 high-tech workers in 2009 (30th ranked)
  • 2,100 jobs lost between 2008 and 2009 (39th ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 64 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (29th ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $86,000 (22nd ranked), or 99 percent more than Sacramento’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $3.4 billion in 2009 (29th ranked)
  • 1,900 high-tech establishments in 2009 (37th ranked)

Sacramento’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 6th in computer and peripheral equipment with 4,200 jobs
  • 21st in R&D and testing labs with 7,100 jobs
  • 25th in telecommunications services with 8,500 jobs


Sacramento = El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, and Yolo 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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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.