TechAmerica Foundation : Washington Tech Industry Employs 191,000 in 2012

Washington Tech Industry Employs 191,000 in 2012

Tech Workers Earn 125 more than Private Sector

Washington, DC The TechAmerica Foundation today released the 15th edition of Cyberstates, the only comprehensive look at  tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors nationally and state-by-state.  Cyberstates 2013: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry covers all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Washington state’s 191,000 tech industry workers earned an average annual wage of $110,200 in 2012, the third highest wage rate in the nation. These wages were 125 percent more than the average private sector wage, which is the second highest wage differential in the nation, only California has a higher wage differential, paying 131 percent more.

Washington also had some of the highest concentration of tech workers in the nation with 8.2 percent of its private sector workforce in tech, the 5th highest concentration nationwide, only Virginia, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Maryland were higher.

Cyberstates 2013 shows that Washington’s tech industry is vibrant and growing, adding 2,100 jobs in 2012,” said Matthew Kazmierczak, Vice President of the TechAmerica Foundation and author of Cyberstates. “Washington’s tech industry benefits from its strong tech cluster in software services.  In fact, Washington has the most software publisher employees in the nation with 51,700 workers.  Overall, tech workers in Washington are well compensated for their specialized skills and knowledge.  To continue supporting these types of jobs, the next generation of tech workers needs to be equipped with strong backgrounds in the math and sciences, starting in the K-12 system and enhanced by world class colleges and universities.”

While Washington has the nation’s largest tech cluster in software publishers, it also ranks high in computer systems design and related services with 38,300 workers and in engineering services with 24,200 workers.

Nationally, the U.S. tech industry added 67,400 net jobs in 2012, for a total of 5.95 million workers, growing at 1.1 percent, and representing 5.4 percent of the entire private sector workforce.  Overall, the average U.S. tech wage was $93,800 compared to $47,700 for the average private sector worker.

Cyberstates 2013 relies on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report provides 2012 national and state-by-state data on tech employment, wages, establishments, payroll, wage differential, and employment concentration. All data are the most recent available at the time of production.  2012 data are derived from the first and second quarters of 2012.

What Does Tech Mean for Washington State?

  • 191,000 tech workers in 2012 (10th ranked cyberstate)
  • 2,100 net jobs added between 2011 and 2012, ranked 10th nationwide
  • Tech firms employed 8.2 percent of private sector workers in 2012, ranked 5th nationwide
  • Tech workers earned an average wage of $110,200 (3rd ranked), 125 percent more than Washington’s average private sector wage
  • A tech payroll of $21.1 billion in 2012, ranked 6th nationwide
  • 9,300 tech establishments in 2012, ranked 16th nationwide

Washington State’s National Industry Sector Rankings:

  • 1st in software publishers with 51,700 jobs
  • 6th in electromedical equipment manufacturing with 3,400 jobs
  • 13th in engineering services with 24,200 jobs
  • 15th in computer systems design and related services with 38,300 jobs

Data are for 2012 unless otherwise noted.

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