Michigan Ranked Third Nationally in Tech Job Growth After Adding 13K+ Jobs in 2017


Cyberstates 2018, an annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry published by CompTIA, today reported that last year Michigan ranked third in the nation in tech job growth, behind California and Texas. Michigan’s tech industry expanded by an estimated 13,161 jobs in 2017, and contributed about $34.7 billion to the state’s economy.

Michigan ranks ninth out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in net tech employment. The state’s 404,300 tech workers account for 8.7 percent of the state’s total workforce. The average tech industry wage in Michigan is $92,000, compared to the state’s average private sector annual wage of $51,790.

“The continued growth of Michigan’s tech industry is encouraging, and Cyberstates’ ranking reaffirms Michigan’s place as a national leader in tech employment,” says Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Through efforts like (our) Marshall Plan for Talent that focus on developing partnerships between educators and employers, Michigan is reinventing the way we develop, attract and invest in talent. We’re continuing to help Michiganders fill high-tech, high-salary, and in-demand jobs as the IT field continues its rapid growth throughout our state.”

The $34.7 billion in economic activity is responsible for an estimated 7.5 percent of the overall state economy. There are 11,328 tech business establishments in Michigan. The state also saw a 43.4 percent jump in the number of job postings related to emerging technologies, including the Internet of Things, smart cities, drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, virtual reality and augmented reality, and blockchain.

Michigan employers posted 124,730 jobs for technology positions last year. The state ranked 16th in Cyberstates Innovation Score in 2017.

Cyberstates 2018 is based on CompTIA’s analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and other sources. Estimates for 2017 are subject to change as government data is revised and updated.

The full report can be found here.