TechAmerica Foundation : San Diego Adds 500 Tech Jobs in 2009

San Diego Adds 500 Tech Jobs in 2009

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San Diego Ranks 1st in Consumer Electronics Manufacturing Employment

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 San Diego added 500 jobs, for a total of 111,000 workers in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  San Diego was one of only seven cybercities to add jobs in 2009.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in San Diego earned $93,300, or 100 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

San Diego’s largest high-tech sector was R&D and testing labs, which employed 28,600 workers in 2009.  Following this was telecommunications services, with 18,600 workers, and computer systems design and related services, with 16,500 workers in 2009.

“San Diego was among an elite few cybercities that added jobs in 2009 amidst the recession, seeing growth in both software services and tech manufacturing,” said Dan Squiller, CEO, PowerGenix and Chairman of TechAmerica San Diego.  We boast the largest consumer electronics sector in the country as well as strong defense and R&D sectors.  These jobs pay extremely well.  To maintain a workforce pipeline that keeps those sectors in San Diego, we need to ensure our local school system and our research universities have the support they need to and encourage legislators to consider the tech community in their policy making decisions.

Cybercities 2010 shows that the top ten cybercities by high-tech employment in 2009 were the New York Metro Area, 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 San Diego?

  • 111,000 high-tech workers in 2009 (12th ranked)
  • 500 jobs added between 2008 and 2009 (3rd ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 107 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (11th ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $93,300 (11th ranked), or 100 percent more than San Diego’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $10.3 billion in 2009 (13th ranked)
  • 4,400 high-tech establishments in 2009 (17th ranked)

San Diego’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 1st consumer electronics manufacturing employment with 2,900 jobs
  • 5th in R&D and testing labs employment with 28,600 jobs
  • 5th in space and defense manufacturing employment with 5,100 jobs


San Diego = San Diego County.

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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