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April 19, 2006 at 11:24 AM

High-tech job growth in 2004

The number of high-tech jobs in the state increased by 1,200 to 152,000 in 2004, according to a new report out by the AeA trade association. That’s about 7 percent of statewide employment.

A good chunk of the growth was in software publishing, which gained more than 2,000 jobs in 2004, the most recent period for which the data is available.

If you want to buy the report, it’ll cost $190 if you’re not an AeA member. But here are some free details about Washington to chew on:

–152,000 high-tech workers (14th ranked cyberstate)

–High-tech companies employed 69 of every 1,000 private sector workers in 2004, ranked 10th nationwide

–High-tech workers made an average wage of $79,700 (5th ranked), or 105 percent more than Washington’s average private sector wage

–A high-tech payroll of $12.1 billion in 2004, ranked 12th nationwide

–6,500 high-tech establishments in 2004, ranked 17th nationwide

–R&D expenditures of $11.5 billion in 2003, ranked 7th nationwide

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