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March 29, 2016

Women make up 34 percent of total tech employment, according to new report

CyberStates2016Women make up 34 percent of the 6.7 million workers employed in the U.S. tech industry, according to a new report from CompTIA, the leading IT trade association.

The CompTIA report, Cyberstates 2016, showed that the U.S. technology industry added nearly 200,000 net jobs in 2015, with 46 states experiencing an overall net increase in tech industry jobs.

And the tech industry continues to provide family-supporting wages for men and women with an average salary that’s more than twice the average private-sector wage. The average U.S. tech industry worker earns $105,400, compared to $51,600 for the average private sector wage.

Overall, women continue to make up a disproportionately low percentage of tech industry workers, although they have made some gains in certain sectors, including:
  • Computer training (54% female)
  • R&D in biotechnology (45%)
  • Data processing, hosting and related services (45%)
  • Non-satellite wireless telecommunications carriers (42%)
  • R&D in physical, engineering and life sciences (41%)
  • Electronic components manufacturing (40%) and
  • Internet publishing and web search portals (40%)
The report also offers state-by-state breakdowns of tech industry employment data. For example, California has the largest number of women tech workers — 384,616 — but ranks 34th nationally in the percentage of women in tech.

The top five states for employing women tech workers were:
  1. California = 384,616
  2. Texas = 190,758
  3. New York = 130,830
  4. Florida = 105,760
  5. Massachusetts = 104,239
Proportionately, the following districts and states were top-ranked for employing women in tech:
  1. District of Columbia = 39.5% female
  2. South Dakota = 38.7%
  3. Mississippi = 38.4%
  4. Wisconsin 37.2%
  5. Nebraska = 37.2%
The states providing employment to the least amount of female tech workers were North Dakota (4,305), Vermont (4,187), South Dakota (4,065), Alaska (3,677) and Wyoming (1,597).

In terms of male-female tech worker gender ratios, these states had the most disportionate data: Wyoming (30.6% female), Vermont (30.2%), Oregon (30.2%), Idaho (28.9%) and Utah (27.7%).

CompTIA’s philanthropic arm, /home">Creating IT Futures, provides entry-level IT skills training through a free program, IT-Ready, and makes an effort to target female candidates. Creating IT Futures recently explored why IT industry careers offer appealing career opportunities for women in a new video.

Now in its 17th edition, Cyberstates offers a comprehensive look at tech employment, wages and other key economic factors nationally and state-by-state, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia.