The average tech worker in New York City made $118,600 in 2012, according to a new report from the state comptroller.
That’s 50 percent higher than the average salary for workers in the city. “The tech sector is such an important part of the city right now, and the numbers are just amazing,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a press conference this week, as reported by Crain’s.
Under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City spent several years (and quite a bit of money) promoting its “Silicon Alley” startup scene. Those small tech companies, in conjunction with major firms such as Google and Facebook, generated a total of $5.6 billion in annual revenues for the municipality, along with 58,000 tech jobs and 83,000 non-tech jobs. In addition to that, local non-tech industries employ 150,000 tech workers.
A recent report by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), New York Tech Meetup (NYTM), Citi, and Google found that a lack of a bachelor’s degree wasn’t an impediment to people working in New York City’s tech scene, with 44 percent of jobs in the local “tech ecosystem” obtainable without a four-year diploma.
According to that report, technology-related jobs in New York City’s tech industry pay around $46.50 per hour, or 75 percent more than the NYC workforce average. Non-tech jobs in tech industry paid an average of $33 per hour, or 25 percent more than the local workforce average.
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