A study finds Nebraska saw a slight increase in technology industry employment last year.
Steven Ostrowski, spokesman for the Computing Technology Industry Association or CompTIA, says Nebraska’s tech industry workforce rose by 825 jobs or about 2.5% during 2016, though the state’s still below the middle of the pack.
“Nebraska comes in 36th in terms of tech employment nationally,” Ostrowski says. “Their tech workforce, employees working within tech industry companies, totals 34,220 as of the end of 2016.”
It also found another 32,100 people work in technology occupations in -other- industries in Nebraska.
As for salaries, the study found tech workers in Nebraska aren’t making as much money as their counterparts in other states, but they’re making a lot more than most other Nebraskans.
“In terms of tech wages, they’re a little bit lower, they’re at 43rd,” Ostrowski says. “The average tech wage for a worker in Nebraska is $73,900. I should note, that’s 72% higher than the average public sector wage for all private sector employment, which is $43,100.”
CompTIA’s 18th annual CyberStates report finds more than 3,100 tech businesses are located in Nebraska.
The tech industry employs about 3.5% of the overall Nebraska workforce. Leading tech occupations in the state include: application software developers (4,940), computer user support specialists (4,190) and computer systems analysts (3,530).
“The third category we rank states on is called an innovation rank,” Ostrowski says. “That has to do with the number of patents issued to companies within the state, the number of new tech startups and new tech businesses created in the calendar year. Nebraska comes in 34th in innovation rank among the 50 states.”
In the state’s best placement on the survey, Nebraska ranks 7th in the nation in terms of gender diversity in the tech workforce. The study says 76% of Nebraska’s tech workers are male, 24% are female. That’s better than the national average of 78% male and 22% female.