Employment in Wisconsin’s technology industry expanded by an estimated 2,250 jobs in 2017 and the industry contributed $16.5 billion to the state’s economy, according to Cyberstates™ 2018, the definitive annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry published today by CompTIA, the world’s leading technology industry association.

With 211,900 workers, Wisconsin ranks 19th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in net tech employment.1This accounts for 6.8 percent of the state’s total workforce. The average tech industry wage in Wisconsin is $81,700, compared to the state’s average private sector annual wage of $46,750.

“The growth of the tech industry in Wisconsin reflects not only the rise of tech-based businesses, but the evolution of traditional sectors – manufacturing, agriculture and financial services, for example – as they embrace technology to become more efficient, productive and competitive,” said Tom Still, president, Wisconsin Technology Council. “As the state’s economy expands, the challenge will become finding the talent to fulfill the jobs of today as well as tomorrow.” Read the full story here.