TechAmerica Foundation : Seattle Holds Steady in Tech Jobs in 2009

Seattle Holds Steady in Tech Jobs in 2009

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Seattle Ranks 1st in Software Publishers 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 Seattle employed 145,300 workers in 2009, the most current metropolitan data available.  This is roughly the same number of tech jobs Seattle had the previous year.  These jobs are high paying; the average tech industry worker in Seattle earned $96,700, or 82 percent more than the metropolitan area’s average private sector wage.

Seattle’s largest high-tech sector was software publishers, which employed 50,700 workers in 2009.  Following this was computer systems design and related services, with 26,200 workers, and telecommunications services, with 20,100 workers in 2009.

“Software publishers – the bread and butter of Seattle’s tech industry – added 2,600 jobs in 2009, a five percent increase, despite the country being mired in recession,” said Susan Sigl, President, Washington Technology Industry Association.  “We need to continue to do all that we can to promote those factors that help foster the tech industry such as giving our children a strong education in math and science and supporting our research universities.”

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 Seattle?

  • 145,300 high-tech workers in 2009 (8th ranked)
  • High-tech firms employed 104 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2009 (12th ranked)
  • High-tech workers earned an average wage of $96,700 (8th ranked), or 82 percent more than Seattle’s average private sector wage
  • A high-tech payroll of $14.1 billion in 2009 (7th ranked)
  • 6,100 high-tech establishments in 2009 (12th ranked)

Seattle’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 1st in software publishers with 50,700 jobs
  • 6th in measuring and control instruments manufacturing with 6,400 jobs
  • 9th in telecommunications services with 20,100 jobs


Seattle = Washington: King, Snohomish, and Pierce 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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