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May 14, 2013 8:57am
States tech workers earn highest wage $123,900
California remains a critical state for the technology industry
California's tech industry added 17,700 net jobs between 2011 and 2012, for a total of 968,800 jobs, the most tech workers in the nation, according to a report Tuesday from TechAmerica Foundation.
The report, now in its 15th year, looks at tech employment, wages, and other key economic factors nationally and state-by-state.
Californias growth was led by such industry sectors as computer systems design (+9,600) and R&D and testing labs (+4,600).
California continued to lead the nation by most tech industry metrics, including employment, wages, payroll, and establishments. The states tech workers had the nations highest annual average wage at $123,900, which is 131 percent more than the states average private sector wage of $53,600.
California remains a critical state for the technology industry, says Matthew Kazmierczak, vice president of TechAmerica Foundation and author of the report.
He says the tech industry employs some 7.8 percent of Californias private sector workforce.
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.
The report is based data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.