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Innovation starts with people. In order for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) workers and businesses to thrive, they need to be supported, paid well, and diverse.
After recent layoffs in the tech world, a new report is showing where STEM careers and opportunities are thriving in the U.S. in 2022. While Seattle and San Jose are likely not shocking, Baltimore, Denver, and Charlotte made it in the top 10 cities for tech workers.
Other findings include:
- Top 5 most innovative cities: Seattle, Baltimore, San Jose, Sacramento, and Fresno
- Highest average STEM salary: Washington ($124,000)
- Lowest average STEM salary: Wyoming ($68,770)
- Maryland has the highest percentage of female STEM workers (7.5%)
- South Dakota has the lowest percentage of female STEM workers (7.5%)
But, not every state is prioritizing an innovative STEM workforce. The state with the lowest percentage of STEM workers per 100,000 people is Louisiana.