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May 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Washington tech pay averages $110k, third highest in U.S.

No wonder Boeing is moving tech jobs from Seattle to the Midwest and South – tech workers in Washington are among the highest paid in the country, according to a new national report.

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The 191,000 tech workers in Washington earned an average of $110,200 last year, the third highest average in the nation, according to the latest edition of the Cyberstates survey released today by the TechAmerica Foundation. That’s up 0.3 percent from the average wage in 2011.

The survey also reported that Washington added 2,100 tech jobs last year, and it has one of the highest concentrations of tech work in the country, with 8.2 percent of the private sector in tech.

States with the biggest gains in tech work last year were California, up 17,700 jobs, followed by Texas with a gain of 10,000 and New York, up 6,200.

Wages for tech workers are 125 percent more than the average earned by everyone else in Washington. That’s the second highest wage differential in the nation, trailing California where tech workers earn 131 percent of the average, or $123,900 on average.

“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,” Matthew Kazmierczak, the survey author, said in a release.

Oregon had 6.1 percent of its workers in tech last year, earning an average of $94,200. Idaho had 6 percent of its workers in tech, earning an average of $76,500.

The Seattle Times reported Friday that Boeing is cutting 1,500 tech jobs in Seattle and moving them to Missouri and South Carolina. In Missouri, tech wages averaged $80,800 last year. South Carolina’s tech wages averaged $68,400.

Nationally the industry grew 1.1 percent last year, adding 67,400 jobs last year, and now totals 5.95 million workers. Average wages across the country are $93,800, versus $47,700 for the average private-sector worker, according to the survey. It’s total payroll was $558 billion last year, accounting for 10.8 percent of private sector wages.

So study your math and science, children.

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