Colorado ranks high for tech workers and salaries

Monday March 7, 2016 0 comments Tags: Colorado, CompTIA, tech workers


COLORADO -- Tech workers in Colorado are 9 percent of the state’s workforce and the tech industry economic activity accounted for 11.5 percent of the total state economic output in 2015, according to a study by CompTIA.tech_logo

In its annual “CyberStates” report,  CompTIA said Colorado added 3,088 high-tech jobs during the year, with a total of more than 187,000 tech workers contributing almost $20 billion to the economy.

Tech job growth in 2015 was 1.7 percent higher than the previous year, the report said.

The study showed nearly 15,000 tech businesses in the state paid a total of almost $20 billion in wages to workers, which was an increase of $900 million over 2014.

The average wage for a Colorado tech industry worker in 2015 was $106,350, according to the report. That compares to $53,400 for the average private sector wage.

Colorado ranked No. 9 in average tech worker wage and No. 13 for total tech employment among all states.

The leading tech industry sector in Colorado in 2015 was computer systems design (52,900 jobs), followed by engineering services (33,500), telecommunications (27,000), R&D and testing labs (15,300) and software publishing (11,700).