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Illinois by the Numbers

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

April 17 | Caitlin Nowlan



  • With an estimated 245,674 workers, Illinois ranks seventh among the 50 states for tech industry employment.

  • Illinois is home to an estimated 24,353 tech business establishments. About 14,000 are located in the Chicago metropolitan area.

  • The tech industry employs an estimated 4.2 percent of the overall state workforce.

  • The annualized average wage for an Illinois tech industry worker was an estimated $99,500 in 2016, 77 percent higher than the average state wage of $56,200.

  • Leading tech occupations include computer systems analysts (28,100), application software developers (26,970) and computer user support specialists (23,790).

  • Employers posted more than 29,000 job openings for tech occupations in the final three months of 2016. An estimated 25,595 of those postings were in the Chicago market.

Source: Cyberstates, 2017; Computing Technology Industry Association

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