Virginia Maintains Highest Concentration of Tech Jobs in US Despite Job Losses

October 05 00:00 2011

New York, October 5 ( – Although Virginia lost 2,800 technology jobs in 2010, it still maintains the reputation of having the greatest percentage of private-sector technology workers, as per an annual report on tech industry employment that will be released Wednesday.

Virginia is home to a little under 278,000 tech-related jobs and the average annual wage is about $96,000, which gives it the tag of a high-tech employment powerhouse. Moreover, it is the fourth-ranked state by total employment next to much-larger California, Texas and New York. Matthew Kazmierczak, senior vice president and director of TechAmerica Foundation said that the state’s ranking is “quite impressive, given the size of those states.”

Virginia has also held the top spot in highest concentration, with nearly one in 10 private sector workers in the tech industry. The area of computer systems design and related services has the majority of Virginia jobs followed by 51,000 jobs in the engineering services industry and 44,000 in the Internet and telecommunications services field. Most of these jobs are tied to the government sector.

There are fewer tech jobs in Maryland and the District but the latter experienced growth along with seven states. 1,400 net tech jobs were added in the city for a total of 33,500, with an average wage of $96,000. Maryland remained flat, losing 400 net jobs for a total of 170,000 tech workers.