Salary Survey Extra: What’s the average IT salary in your (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 These posts contain previously unpublished Salary Survey data.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 professional make in each U.S. state?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.

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 $108,790. So how does that look when you compare individuals states?

Out of the more than 6,100 certified IT professionals to take the survey at the end of last year, 66 percent live in 45 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. (We got no responses at all from two states, Wyoming and North Dakota, and dramatically limited participation from three others: Mississippi, Montana and Vermont.)

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
1Virginia$132,1809.3 percent
2Maryland$130,5706.1 percent
3Washington$129,4702.4 percent
4New Jersey$125,7803.2 percent
5Georgia$125,6703.5 percent
6California$125,5807.6 percent
7Massachusetts$119,0703 percent
8New York$117,6603.8 percent
9Arizona$114,3102.6 percent
10Kansas$113,6801.2 percent
11North Carolina$111,4002.2 percent
12Connecticut$110,6401 percent
13Pennsylvania$109,2003 percent
14Alabama$109,1501.2 percent
15Minnesota$109,1001.8 percent
16Colorado$108,8804.1 percent
17Texas$108,1308.7 percent
18Florida$105,3306.6 percent
19Illinois$105,0503.5 percent
20Michigan$102,5402 percent
21Ohio$101,7703 percent
22Missouri$99,5002.1 percent
23Wisconsin$98,9001.1 percent
24Tennessee$93,4601.9 percent
25Utah$90,6202 percent
26Kentucky$87,2301.1 percent
27Indiana$85,1802 percent

2016 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
1Hawaii$114,3800.6 percent
2West Virginia$114,2100.5 percent
3Oregon$114,1900.9 percent
4New Hampshire$113,1700.4 percent
5Nebraska$108,0700.5 percent
6Nevada$106,3900.6 percent
7Oklahoma$106,1700.2 percent
8South Carolina$102,9600.9 percent
9Washington, D.C.$101,6100.6 percent
10Delaware$100,2500.2 percent
11Arizona$97,3600.5 percent
12Rhode Island$95,8800.6 percent
13Arkansas$94,0000.2 percent
14Iowa$91,8300.4 percent
15New Mexico$86,3800.6 percent
16Maine$82,1000.4 percent
17South Dakota$74,1700.2 percent
18Louisiana$65,7500.6 percent
19Idaho$64,1000.4 percent

2016 Salary Data

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