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From Worst To First: Here’s How Each State Ranks For Finding Tech Talent In 2021

Rick Whiting

Looking for highly skilled technology workers? CRN’s annual Best States project ranks all 50 states for finding and hiring technology employees.

No. 1: Washington (No. 1 in 2020)

Workforce Experience and Education Rank: 1

State Employment and Economy Rank: 3

Tech Industry Employment: 405,816

Tech Worker Average Salary: $122,640

Tech GDP/GRP accounts for 22.5 percent of Washington’s total GDP/GRP – No. 1 among all states.

Washington is No. 2 among all states with tech jobs accounting for 28.1 percent of the total workforce.

The Evergreen State is forecast to add 11,011 tech jobs in 2021, a 2.7 percent gain in its tech work force. That’s after adding 5,222 tech jobs (up 1.3 percent) in 2020.

Washington is ranked No. 1 for the number of science and engineering degree holders.

Washington’s average tech worker salary is the highest among all 50 states.

 
Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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