North Carolina is no stranger to big business; IBM, AT&T, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco Systems are among the big players in the state. It's not just the big brand names that make the tech industry in North Carolina so exciting. The state's startup scene, while perhaps not as exciting as some, is beginning to step into the limelight. Hotspots such as Durham's Research Triangle and American Tobacco Campus and Charlotte's RevTech Labs are leading the way, while the North Carolina Capital Access Program is helping small tech firms gain a foothold in the state.
North Carolina IT Job Market
Tech jobs account for around 100,000 positions in North Carolina. Computer systems analysts, software systems and applications developers, and network and computer systems administrators account for more than 50 percent of roles. Computer programmers, information systems analysts, and computer network specialist roles account for around 20 percent. While many of these positions are found at large tech companies, the almost 140 percent jump in tech funding will inevitably lead to an increase in the number and type of IT jobs in North Carolina. By all accounts, angel investors are busy in this state.
IT Salaries in North Carolina
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, IT jobs in North Carolina offer an average annual salary of $80,550. This is just slightly less than the national average of $83,970, although specific salaries vary according to role. Computer user support specialists lie on the lower end of the pay scale with an average salary of a little under $50,000. Computer systems analysts, information security analysts, and database administrators can all expect a salary between $80,000 and $90,000 while, at the upper end of the pay scale for North Carolina IT jobs, computer network architects earn $100,000 plus.