Gov.-elect Phil Murphy wants New Jersey to once again be a national leader in the technology industry. But it seems the state has a ways to go in that department, at least by some measures, since it ranks 11th in the nation in terms of technology employment, according to Comptia, a leading technology association. The group estimates New Jersey has 214,737 tech-industry jobs. However, it also has 212,500 tech jobs in other sectors of the economy.
While the sheer number of jobs is mediocre nationally, those that work in the industry here are well-paid, averaging $121,000, which is nearly twice the average state wage. New Jersey added nearly 2,000 new jobs last year, and the tech sector accounts for 8 percent of the economy.
In better news, New Jersey ranks fifth by Comptia in innovation, which is based on an analysis of new tech patents, tech startups, and new tech-business establishments on a per capita basis. More information is available at Comptia’s Cyberstates 2017 interactive tool.