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