Governor Inslee’s top priority is to create an economic climate where innovation and entrepreneurship can continue to thrive and create well-paying jobs in every corner of our state. In the Information & Communication Technology sector facilitates sustainable investment, top talent capacity and growth in the state’s cutting edge technology industry, including software, networks, online retail and services.

How we define the information and communication technology industry

  • Telecommunication – wired and wireless carriers, electronic sales
  • Software design – software publishing, apps development
  • Data management – hosting, processing

Sector impacts on Washington's Economy

People Impact

  • Firms – 12,000
  • Jobs – Nearly 220,000 (includes employees, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and ICT positions at non-ICT companies)
  • Payroll– $22 billion
  • Median Wages – $110,00-$140,000 (in positions essential to ICT delivery)

Economic Impacts by Industry

  • Software publishing – $ 5 billion (approx.)
  • Wired and wireless telecommunications – $ 8.3 billion (approx.)
  • Electronic shopping and auctions – $ 3.6 billion
  • Data processing, hosting – $ 1.7 billion

What's next? Washington's ICT Sector Goals

  • Develop the workforce needed to advance our leadership
  • Start closing the skills gap
  • Put high-tech entrepreneurship at the top of the State’s agenda
  • Startup 365
  • Tell our story better – with data, with businesses, and with our cities

Washington ICT Facts

  • 1st in software publishers by employment
  • 2nd in total state-level payroll coming from tech industry with 18.4 percent
  • 2nd in high-tech average annual wage vs. private sector annual wage at 124.7 percent
  • 3rd in average annual wages $110,240
  • 5th in high-tech workers per 1,000 private sector workers with 82

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Dr. Joseph Williams

A former executive with Microsoft and Sun Microsystems, Dr. Williams served as the Dean of the School of Business, Government and Economics at Seattle Pacific University before joining Commerce. His distinguished career in the tech industry, in academia and the public sector includes extensive experience working with angel investing and software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies and customers on the business models and economics of cloud computing. He has authored three books and dozens of articles related to the ICT industry while he was a professor in the College of Business at Colorado State University in the 1990s. Dr. Williams has degrees from the University of California-Berkley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Texas-Austin.

Key Sectors

Sector Resources

Communication and Coordination

Through coordinated stakeholder engagement and action, we will have an opportunity to make significant progress in building our ICT sector.

Need help?

Evan Wendlandt
ICT Business Development Manager 
Business Development Team
Phone: (206) 256-6142