Colorado is a state with a high concentration of high-tech workers. As a matter of fact, Colorado is on #3 of all with 50 US States according to a study that looked at high-tech worker employment across the country. Colorado offers a great climate – weather and business so to speak and that is certainly attracting employers and employees alike.
According to the study Colorado had over 156,000 high-tech workers based on numbers from 2010. The overall payroll volume for these high-tech workers is exceeding 14 billion dollars.
Colorado is a great place to live. Outdoor activities combined with usually sunny weather make it a favorite place to live for many people. Employers for sure benefit from this. Colorado is home to more college educated people than many other states and a highly skilled workforce is a key factor for many companies. After all, it is easy to find employees everywhere – but it is not that easy to find a large pool of highly educated people and so Colorado is definitely a preferred location for many companies because of that.
According to the data provided, Virginia had 98 high-tech workers per 1,000 private-sector workers. Massachusetts (#2 on the list accordingly), had 91 high tech-workers per 1,000 private-sector employees. Colorado came in third with 87. Colorado and Maryland are sharing the #3 spot. Maryland, due to its location to Washington D.C. has a large concentration of high-tech firms and therefore draws many employees into that area as well.
How about salaries for high-tech workers in Colorado?
According to this study the average salary for an IT employee or high-tech worker in Colorado is roughly $91,000 per year. Considering that the average national household income is somewhere at around $45,000 per year that is a huge difference when comparing the 2. However, considering the high cost of living here in Colorado I think the higher salaries are justified + the $91K is an average level.
What are some of the high-tech companies that employ high-tech workers here in Colorado?
There are several well-known companies here in Colorado, but there are also many smaller players. Larger companies as an example are Google (located in Boulder), Oracle, VMWare, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, as well as Intel, IBM, and a few others. Smaller ones are companies like OpenGear, Mapquest, Lijit, GoGo, and again many others.
High-Tech worker definitions can vary, meaning a computer technician or server system administrator might actually not be considered a high-tech worker depending on who you listen to. Software developers, system engineers, and similar professions however definitely fit that definition.