Salary Survey Extra: Average salary for certified IT workers by U.S. state

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Salary Survey Extra is a series of periodic dispatches that give added insight into the findings of our most recent Salary Survey. These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.

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” — our apologies to Liam Neeson — 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 — Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming — 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.

RankStateAverage Annual SalaryPercentage of All U.S. Respondents Who Are from this State
1Maryland$133,5204.4 percent
2Virginia$121,1504.9 percent
3California$117,67010.4 percent
4New York$112,3003.7 percent
5Washington$111,3503.2 percent
6North Carolina$108,9103.8 percent
7Arizona$108,3202.1 percent
8New Jersey$107,0602.4 percent
9Minnesota$106,7802.5 percent
10Michigan$104,4002.4 percent
11Ohio$103,4203.8 percent
12South Carolina$103,0001.3 percent
13Texas$102,5508.8 percent
14Alabama$101,6301.1 percent
15Massachusetts$100,0003.1 percent
16Georgia$99,3403.4 percent
17Colorado$99,2504 percent
18Nevada$98,1301.1 percent
19Missouri$98,0101.6 percent
20Illinois$95,0503.5 percent
21Florida$93,5106.2 percent
22Pennsylvania$89,1603.7 percent
23Indiana$88,2702 percent
24Tennessee$81,6502 percent
25Utah$65,8301.4 percent
26Idaho$62,5801.6 percent

U.S. STATES BY AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY (B-List)2020 Salary Data

Note: Total of surveyed individuals from each of these states is less than 1 percent of the total number of U.S. survey respondents.

RankStateAverage Annual SalaryPercentage of All U.S. Survey Respondents Who Are from this State
1Kansas$118,8900.7 percent
2Nebraska$107,9500.8 percent
3Delaware$107,5000.3 percent
4Iowa$105,9700.7 percent
5Washington, D.C.$103,1300.4 percent
6Kentucky$96,0000.8 percent
7Wisconsin$92,5000.6 percent
8Arkansas$91,5000.8 percent
9Alaska$90,2500.4 percent
10Connecticut$89,1700.8 percent
11Rhode Island$81,6100.5 percent
12Oregon$77,8600.7 percent
13Montana$77,5000.4 percent
14Oklahoma$76,3900.7 percent
15New Mexico$76,2500.5 percent
16West Virginia$68,4400.4 percent
17Mississippi$68,0000.4 percent
18Louisiana$52,9300.8 percent

2020 Salary Data

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