发信人: rnwk (rnwk), 信区: Seattle
标 题: Wash. State Has Best-Paid Technology Workers - Su
发信站: The unknown SPACE (Thu May 18 11:36:33 2000), 转信
SEATTLE (Reuters) - California's Silicon Valley may be a high-tech mecca,
but information age wizards looking for a pot of gold may be better off
heading to Seattle, which is known as the Emerald City.
Home to digital age powerhouses like software giant Microsoft Corp.
(NasdaqNM:MSFT - news), Washington State has the best-paid high-technology
workers in the country, according to an industry group survey released
Boosted by lucrative software jobs and a bullish stock market, high-tech
workers in Washington earned an average of $105,000 in 1998, the last year
for which there was comprehensive data, the American Electronics Association
said in a nationwide survey of the sector.
That was far more than workers in other states, with those in No. 2 New
Jersey earning a much-lower average of $68,700 a year, said Terry Byington,
a spokeswoman for the AEA office in Redmond, Wash.
California, home to the Silicon Valley area that boasts hometown computing
heroes like Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HWP - news) and is considered
ground-zero for the computer revolution, placed third at $66,900, Byington
Rounding out the top five were Virginia at $66,000 and Connecticut at $65,400.
Washington led the nation ``in good part because we have a strong
concentration of software jobs here, and software jobs pay in Washington an
average of $200,000 a year,'' Byington said.
High-tech income was considerably better than the state's average private
sector wage of $32,914, the survey said.
Washington has led the nation in high-tech income for three years in a row,
The 1998 wage doubled from six years earlier as the number of workers in
the sector climbed by 52 percent, to 106,100. The sector also accounted for
$1.8 billion, or 5 percent, of the state's $36.7 billion in exports in 1999,
the survey said.
Other high-tech companies in Washington include Internet media software firm
RealNetworks Inc. (NasdaqNM:RNWK - news), online retail giant Amazon.com Inc.
(NasdaqNM:AMZN - news), Internet portal and services company Go2Net Inc.
(NasdaqNM:GNET - news) and the U.S. headquarters of Japanese video company
Nintendo Co. Ltd. (7974.T).
Most of those are concentrated in and around Seattle, known as the
``Emerald City'' for its abundant green forests and mountains that have also
helped growing companies attract droves of new workers.
The survey also included income from exercising stock options, Byington said.
Such stock packages have brought many technology workers tremendous wealth.
For example, previous studies have estimated that the booming stock market
has turned up to one-third of Microsoft's 33,000 employees into millionaires.
Apart from software, other high-tech businesses covered in the survey included
telecommunication services and equipment, medical electronics, computers,
semiconductors and others, Byington said.
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