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 These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.

How much do certified IT professionals earn in the U.S. state where you live?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 the global COVID-19 pandemic 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 Salary Survey participants who are certified IT professionals and live in the United States last year was $120,270. So how does that look when you compare individual states?

Out of the more than 4,000 certified IT professionals to take the survey at the end of last year, 53 percent live mostly in 43 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. (We got dramatically limited participation from eight states — Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, 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
1New York$141,0003.8 percent
2Maryland$137,3504.6 percent
3Washington$136,0802.4 percent
4Virginia$134,0907.2 percent
5California$132,9609.5 percent
6Arizona$128,8802.4 percent
7Colorado$127,3203.9 percent
8Massachusetts$125,9902.2 percent
9Texas$124,0408.5 percent
10Utah$121,4901.6 percent
11Illinois$121,0903.7 percent
12North Carolina$118,5903.8 percent
13Missouri$117,6301.6 percent
14Florida$115,6506.1 percent
15Iowa$115,3601.1 percent
16Tennessee$114,6401.9 percent
17South Carolina$114,1701 percent
18Alabama$113,0202.5 percent
19Michigan$111,6501.8 percent
20Minnesota$111,1401.7 percent
21Ohio$111,0103.9 percent
22New Jersey$108,9303.3 percent
23Oklahoma$107,4101.1 percent
24Georgia$107,0804.5 percent
25Pennsylvania$106,4304.3 percent
26Indiana$96,8201.6 percent

2021 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.

RankStateAverage Annual SalaryPercentage of All U.S. Respondents Who Are from this State
1Connecticut$129,1660.3 percent
2Alaska$120,7500.4 percent
3Kansas$117,6600.6 percent
4Nebraska$113,4700.7 percent
5Oregon$113,0400.6 percent
6Wisconsin$112,7500.8 percent
7Nevada$109,9600.7 percent
8Maine$108,4400.7 percent
9New Mexico$106,2500.5 percent
10Washington, D.C.$106,1300.8 percent
11Idaho$96,7500.4 percent
12Rhode Island$91,0000.4 percent
13Mississippi$82,5000.4 percent
14Kentucky$81,3600.8 percent
15Arkansas$75,6300.3 percent
16Louisiana$72,1900.3 percent
17West Virginia$56,2500.4 percent

2021 Salary Data

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