High-tech jobs have grown relatively consistently over the past few decades in Vermont. Jobs accounted for here have industry codes constituting high-technology industries as defined by the National Science Foundation and were taken from Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
Wages for high-tech workers saw wages have increased at a significantly faster rate than average wages for the private sector. In the US, wages for high-tech workers have increased by 31% since 1998 compared to an 19% average increase for the private sector. In Vermont, high-tech wages have increased by 28% (vs. 18% average). Vermont continues to lag behind substantially in high-tech earnings compared to other states and national averages.
Source: National Science Foundation
This chart shows employment in high tech as share of total private sector employment. Vermont’s high tech employment share has gone up recently from just over 8% to 9.3%, and the state has moved up in relative share compared to other states – from 40th to 34th out of 51 (including the District of Columbia).