Adobe employees walk through the Lehi office on March 23, 2016. Utah ranks her ninth for the best states to work in tech, according to a new survey from document management firm SmallPDF. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)
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Salt Lake City — Utah has long made a name for itself in the tech industry. Silicon Slopes boasts companies such as Adobe, Microsoft, Domo and Oracle.
Now you can add another feature to the list. To rank in the top 10 best states to work in tech.
According to a new survey from document management company SmallPDF, Utah comes in ninth place.
According to the news release, the list was created by analyzing data such as salaries, employment rates and vacancies.
SmallPDF’s analysis shows that Utah ranks for having such a high concentration of existing tech jobs in the state that 39.09 jobs per 1,000 people are tech jobs. There are 62.38 technical job openings per
The company also found that the median salary for tech jobs in Utah is $86,600, with 27.1% of that salary going toward rent. To find this percentage, SmallPDF weighed the average annual income against the state’s average annual rent, the news release says.
Utah’s technological prowess was showcased at last year’s Silicon Slope Summit. Cicero CEO Trent Kaufman unveiled data collected in collaboration with BYU to show that “Utah is in an all-out talent war.” Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a fireside chat with Senator Mike Lee that Utah tech companies have people who want to change the world.
Just below Utah in the rankings is Nebraska, where the average salary for tech jobs is $81,090, of which 17.55% goes to rent. 32.63 technical jobs per 1,000 jobs. 52.4 technical job vacancies per 100,000 people.
Virginia ranks first, Maryland ranks second, and Washington ranks third.
According to SmallPDF, the average annual salary for technicians in Virginia is $110,510, with 21.68% going toward rent. The state has 58.44 technical jobs for every 1,000 jobs and 128.97 technical job vacancies per 100,000 people.
Maryland is $110,790, with 19.97% going to rent. Washington is $124,000, with 21.24% going to rent. Maryland has 54.35 tech jobs for every 1,000 jobs and 116.27 tech vacancies per 100,000 people. Washington State has 59.32 technical jobs per 1,000 population and 61.69 technical job vacancies per 100,000 population.
The other top 10 states are Colorado, Massachusetts, Delaware, Minnesota and New Jersey, ranked 4th through 8th.
SmallPDF also found Mississippi to be the worst state to work in tech. According to the news release, his average annual income is $70,870. 11.857 technical jobs per 1,000 jobs. 16.03 technical job vacancies per 100,000 people.