By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel
Despite a growing number of tech jobs in Florida, the state comes up short on wages, a new report concludes
Florida ranks fifth in the nation for the growth of tech jobs but 24th in average tech wages, according to Cyberstates 2016, a report released Tuesday by the Computing Technology Industry Association.
The $82,566 average tech wage falls well below the national average of $104,400, which is 104 percent more than the average U.S. wage in the private sector, according to the survey.
Florida added 11,400 tech jobs in 2015, nearly doubling the 5,800 added in 2014, according to the report. The top states for tech job growth in 2015 were California, which added 59,500 jobs; New York with 15,500; Texas with 13,800; and Massachusetts with 11,700.
Deborah Vazquez, CEO of tech recruiting firm ProTech in Boca Raton, said salaries are increasing for tech professionals in South Florida, and many employers use perks and benefits as leverage. “But we are still below competitive salary levels in key markets that we compete against for talent,” she said.
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