Report: Seattle ranks among nation’s top hubs for tech talent

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Puget Sound Business Journal | Alex Halverson

Jobs, wages and talent in Seattle’s technology sector grew faster than in almost every U.S. city from 2016 to 2020, according to¬†a new report from real estate firm CBRE.

Though the growth has long been visible to locals walking the streets of South Lake Union, the report puts numbers to the region’s tech gains. It named Seattle the second-best tech talent hub, with just over 9% of the labor force dedicated to tech jobs. The San Francisco Bay Area ranked first.

The Seattle metropolitan area had a 35% increase in tech jobs over that time, adding about 48,300. In North America, Seattle trailed only Vancouver, British Columbia, and Toronto. Tech wages also grew over 15%, with the median annual salary now $126,730, second behind the Bay Area with $144,370.

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