Tech Jobs In The US: Essential Facts & Figures

A report from CompTIA details the biggest opportunities and highest wages for technology workers in the US.

Susan Fogarty

March 7, 2016

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The power of technology is wielding a huge impact on the US labor market. As cloud computing, mobility, big data, automation, and social technologies become common elements for businesses of all sizes, -- and as cybersecurity becomes a constant concern -- the need for employees with technical expertise is growing. That's great news for tech workers, leading to more available jobs and significantly higher wages than other professions.

In 2015, the US tech industry made up 7.1 % of overall GDP and 11.6 % of the total private sector payroll, according to Cyberstates 2016: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the US Tech Industry from CompTIA. The industry added almost 200,000 new jobs last year, now employing more than 6.7 million people. The report represents a comprehensive look at tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors nationally and state by state.

The IT services sector, which includes firms providing IT implementation, integration, management, support, and custom software development services, increased by more than 105,000 jobs between 2014 and 2015.

The healthy state of technology in the US is shown in the totals revealed in the Cyberstates report:

  • Tech industry employment:             6,720,860

  • Tech business establishments:       473,460

  • Tech industry payroll:                      $708 billion

  • Average wage in tech industry:       $105,351

  • Average private sector wage:          $51,654


For more facts and figures, click through the following slides.

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(Image: CompTIA)

About the Author(s)

Susan Fogarty

Director of ContentSusan Fogarty is the Director of Content for Interop and UBM’s media properties InformationWeek and Network Computing. She’s an industry veteran who knows the IT audience very well, having served in content development for the event for four years and media for IT professionals for more than 20 years. Prior to joining UBM in 2012, she held an Editor position with Dell and worked at TechTarget, where she served as an Editorial Director, for 11 years.

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