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U.s. Tech Workers By the Numbers

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Median earnings for computer and math jobs rose 2.8 percent between 2010 and 2011 to $70,594, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. This marks a larger increase than the 1.7 percent for all computer, engineering, and science occupations and 1.2 percent for U.S. jobs across all sectors.

However, women holding computer and math jobs earned 85 percent of what their male counterparts did, with median earnings of $62,155 compared to $70,594 for men. What is not clear is whether this is because more women tend to hold lower-paying jobs within those fields, whether they have fewer average years in the workforce, or whether there is inequitable pay for similar work.

Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia have the highest proportions of tech workers, with 10.3 percent, 8.6 percent, and 7.8 percent, respectively. The states with the lowest proportion of tech workers are Mississippi, Arkansas, and Nevada, with 2.9 percent, 3.1 percent, and 3.1 percent, respectively. The percentage of tech workers in the U.S. workforce held steady from 2010 to 2011 at 5.2 percent.

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