Information Technology Schools by State

Does your state rank within the top five for highest employment levels and average salaries for Information Technology careers? 

IT professionals work in a wide variety of workplaces, from large banking corporations to small software startups. With so many companies having an online and digital presence and working on a private network, IT professionals are needed to create content, write programs, protect digital information, and much more. We have complied which states have the highest levels of employment and average salaries for IT professionals — and take the time to find out emlployment levels and salary information for your state too! 

STATES WITH THE HIGHEST COMPUTER CAREER EMPLOYMENT LEVELS[i]

IT professionals are employed all over the country, but some states have a higher level of employment due to population size and where industries and companies make their home. Below are the five states with the highest employment for computer careers:

#1 California

Home to the famous Silicon Valley, California takes the #1 ranking for computer and mathematics employment levels. 

  • Number of computer & mathematics professionals employed in 2014: 514,330 
  • For every 1,000 Californians employed, 34.02 are employed in a computer and mathematics profession.
  • Mean Annual 10th Percentile Wage: $49,210 
  • Mean Annual 90th Percentile Wage:  $155,510  

#2 Texas

One of the largest states in the country, Texas ranks as #2 for most employed computer and mathematics professionals.

  • Number of computer & mathematics professionals employed in 2014: 332,970  
  • For every 1,000 Texans employed, 29.65 are employed in a computer and mathematics profession.
  • Mean Annual 10th Percentile Wage: $39,560  
  • Mean Annual 90th Percentile Wage:  $129,430  

#3 New York

Not just home to the Big Apple, the state of New York ranks as #3 on this list.

  • Number of computer & mathematics professionals employed in 2014: 223,570 
  • For every 1,000 New Yourkers employed, 25.37 are employed in a computer and mathematics profession.
  • Mean Annual 10th Percentile Wage: $43,360  
  • Mean Annual 90th Percentile Wage:  $146,030  

#4 Virginia

Bordering the nation’s capital, Virginia comes in at #4

  • Number of computer & mathematics professionals employed in 2014: 195,470 
  • 53.27 computer and mathematics professionals for every 1,000 Virginians employed
  • Mean Annual 10th Percentile Wage: $48,170 
  • Mean Annual 90th Percentile Wage:  $147,040  

STATES WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE IT CAREER SALARY[i]

Sometimes the states with the highest amount of IT professionals employed are not the same states that pay their IT professionals the highest average salary. We’ve compiled a list of the states that have the highest average wages for computer and mathematics professionals in the nation.

#1 Washington

Washington, the Evergreen State, has highest average salary for computer and mathematics jobs in the whole U.S.

  • Annual mean wage in 2014: $99,780  
  • Annual mean 10th percentile wage: $50,920  
  • Annual mean 90th percentile wage: $149,290  

#2 California

California, which ranks #1 in most employed computer and mathematics professionals in the nation, ranks as the #2 highest average salary for those same professionals.

  • Annual mean wage in 2014: $99,450  
  • Annual mean 10th percentile wage: $49,210  
  • Annual mean 90th percentile wage: $155,510  

#3 District of Columbia

When you consider all of the digital information that the District of Columbia has to keep secure, it’s no wonder that it ranks as #4 in highest average salary for computer and mathematics professionals.

  • Annual mean wage in 2014: $96,570  
  • Annual mean 10th percentile wage: $53,750[ii]
  • Annual mean 90th percentile wage: $140,400[ii]

#4 Massachusetts

The state that contains many historical places of early America is also one of the highest average salaries for computer and mathematics careers.

  • Annual mean wage in 2014: $94,820  
  • Annual mean 10th percentile wage: $51,240
  • Annual mean 90th percentile wage: $146,360 

#5 Virginia

Also on the list for highest employment of computer and mathematics careers, Virginia takes the #5 spot for highest average salaries in these professions.

  • Annual mean wage in 2014: $94,700
  • Annual mean 10th percentile wage: $48,170
  • Annual mean 90th percentile wage: $147,040
Each state’s number of job openings and salary will vary based on many factors, including experience and demand for the career. But even if you don’t live in or near one of these states, it's important to note that that does not mean jobs in computer careers are not in demand. Research your state and know the facts!
 
 

Additional Sources:  bls.gov/oes/current/oes151199.htm 

[i]  bls.gov/oes/current/oes151199.htm#st  | [ii] This information was provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, available for download at: bls.gov/oes/current/oes_dc.htm

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