Salary Survey Extra: Average salary for certified IT workers by U.S. state
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October 15, 2020
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Attention, U.S. IT professionals! What state do you live in? And how does your salary stack up next to our averages?

There are IT jobs in every U.S. state. If you have the right very particular set of skills β€” our apologies to Liam Neeson β€” and probably especially if those skills are backed by a certification, then you're likely to find work just about wherever you look for it. Not only that, but many IT jobs are work-from-home gigs that don't require your presence at a physical office.

Given the manner in which IT employment has redrawn traditional workplace boundaries, there may not be as much to gain from a state-by-state comparison of IT salaries as there once was. Workers in general, and IT workers in particular, aren't as tied to a single physical location as used to be the case. Certainly that's the case across the current pandemic-scrambled employment landscape.

On the other hand, it's always interesting to see where, on average, the highest IT earners tend to be clustered. And in drawing that data out of our most recent annual Salary Survey, we also detected the possible presence of IT hotspots: states that produced the largest numbers of survey respondents.

As noted elsewhere in our survey findings, the average annual salary across all certified IT professionals in the United States last year was $102,880. So how does that look when you compare individual states?

Out of the more than 5,000 certified IT professionals to take the survey at the end of last year, 52 percent live mostly in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. (We got dramatically limited participation from seven states β€” Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming β€” and the territory of Puerto Rico.)

In sketching the IT employment landscape of America, we've ranked every state that supplied at least 1 percent of our total U.S. survey population. The remaining states are given in a separate list, with the caution that smaller samples produce less reliable data. Call this divide our A-List, and our B-List.

With all that said, where in America did we end up in our search for the most robust average annual salary figures?

U.S. STATES BY AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY (A-List)

Note: Total of surveyed individuals from each of these states is equal to or greater than 1 percent of the total number of U.S. survey respondents.
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Rank State Average Annual Salary Percentage of All U.S. Respondents Who Are from this State
1 Maryland $133,520 4.4 percent
2 Virginia $121,150 4.9 percent
3 California $117,670 10.4 percent
4 New York $112,300 3.7 percent
5 Washington $111,350 3.2 percent
6 North Carolina $108,910 3.8 percent
7 Arizona $108,320 2.1 percent
8 New Jersey $107,060 2.4 percent
9 Minnesota $106,780 2.5 percent
10 Michigan $104,400 2.4 percent
11 Ohio $103,420 3.8 percent
12 South Carolina $103,000 1.3 percent
13 Texas $102,550 8.8 percent
14 Alabama $101,630 1.1 percent
15 Massachusetts $100,000 3.1 percent
16 Georgia $99,340 3.4 percent
17 Colorado $99,250 4 percent
18 Nevada $98,130 1.1 percent
19 Missouri $98,010 1.6 percent
20 Illinois $95,050 3.5 percent
21 Florida $93,510 6.2 percent
22 Pennsylvania $89,160 3.7 percent
23 Indiana $88,270 2 percent
24 Tennessee $81,650 2 percent
25 Utah $65,830 1.4 percent
26 Idaho $62,580 1.6 percent

2020 Salary Data

‍U.S. STATES BY AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY (B-List)

Note: Total of surveyed individuals from each of these states is less than 1 percent of the total number of U.S. survey respondents.
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Rank State Average Annual Salary Percentage of All U.S. Survey Respondents Who Are from this State
1 Kansas $118,890 0.7 percent
2 Nebraska $107,950 0.8 percent
3 Delaware $107,500 0.3 percent
4 Iowa $105,970 0.7 percent
5 Washington, D.C. $103,130 0.4 percent
6 Kentucky $96,000 0.8 percent
7 Wisconsin $92,500 0.6 percent
8 Arkansas $91,500 0.8 percent
9 Alaska $90,250 0.4 percent
10 Connecticut $89,170 0.8 percent
11 Rhode Island $81,610 0.5 percent
12 Oregon $77,860 0.7 percent
13 Montana $77,500 0.4 percent
14 Oklahoma $76,390 0.7 percent
15 New Mexico $76,250 0.5 percent
16 West Virginia $68,440 0.4 percent
17 Mississippi $68,000 0.4 percent
18 Louisiana $52,930 0.8 percent

2020 Salary Data

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