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 These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.

North America at night viewed from space with city lights showing human activity in United States (USA), Canada and Mexico, New York, California, 3d rendering of planet Earth, elements from NASAThere 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.

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 $115,670. So how does that look when you compare individuals states?

Out of the more than 4,100 certified IT professionals to take the survey at the end of last year, 56 percent live in 46 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. (We got dramatically limited participation from four states — Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, 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 individual 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. Survey Respondents Who Are from this State
1Maryland$133,5105.2 percent
2Virginia$129,5506.1 percent
3Oregon$127,3071.1 percent
4New Jersey$126,0201.8 percent
5California$124,2209.7 percent
6Massachusetts$123,4502.9 percent
7Florida$120,1906.5 percent
8Illinois$117,6104.7 percent
9Tennessee$116,2501.2 percent
10Georgia$116,1402.9 percent
11Washington$116,0403.4 percent
12New York$115,6902.9 percent
13Texas$115,2209.4 percent
14Ohio$111,8103.9 percent
15Pennsylvania$110,8102.9 percent
16Colorado$110,4804.1 percent
17Arizona$110,1002.9 percent
18North Carolina$107,1703.9 percent
19Indiana$102,3701.6 percent
20South Carolina$102,3201.2 percent
21Michigan$101,9401.6 percent
22Missouri$101,1701.3 percent
23Minnesota$100,0902.5 percent
24Alabama$92,6101.4 percent
25Utah$84,4901.3 percent

2018 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. Survey Respondents Who Are from this State
1Maine$120,3100.7 percent
2Hawaii$119,0600.7 percent
3Delaware$118,1300.3 percent
4Washington, D.C.$115,0000.8 percent
5Connecticut$114,7500.8 percent
6Wisconsin$114,3200.9 percent
7New Hampshire$114,1800.7 percent
8Louisiana$112,0000.4 percent
9Kansas$105,7500.8 percent
10Oklahoma$105,0000.7 percent
11Rhode Island$99,3800.3 percent
12Vermont$97,7300.3 percent
13New Mexico$95,4200.2 percent
14Nevada$93,2400.7 percent
15West Virginia$92,6300.6 percent
16Kentucky$89,1800.7 percent
17Nebraska$88,1300.7 percent
18Alaska$83,7500.3 percent
19Iowa$79,1700.5 percent
20Arkansas$75,6300.3 percent
21Montana$74,0000.4 percent
22Idaho$52,9200.5 percent

2018 Salary Data

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