Massachusetts is a national leader when it comes to the mobile application industry. The state has the fifth-highest concentration of app developers in the nation, while also offering its app developers the third-highest average salary – $109,670 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
App developers have been steadily growing up to the present, and are projected to continue this trend into the future. In 2010 there were 22,750 application developers working in Massachusetts. By 2014 this number had grown to 26,900, and in the decade leading up to 2022 the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development projects app developer jobs statewide will increase by another 20 percent, adding an additional 910 jobs each year during this period. These rapid growth figures are just one of the reasons why Massachusetts is an app development hotspot.
Massachusetts as a High Tech Center
Massachusetts has a history as being a tech center in the United States, with higher-than-average rates of internet connections and speed. Today the vast majority of residents have a choice between at least three internet providers, and there are only a few isolated pockets – places like Warwick State Forest, Cookson State Forest, Beartown State Forest, and the Montague Wildlife Management Area – that lack any wireless coverage. At the beginning of 2014 the FCC reported there were 5.62 million residential internet connections in the state, and 79.6 percent of Massachusetts residents connect to the web via broadband.
In fact, Massachusetts residents enjoy some of the best internet speeds in the nation. Up to 97 percent of residents have access to speeds of at least 25 Mbps, while the state ranks fourth for having the highest percentage of residents who have access to internet speeds of at least 50 Mbps – 96.55 percent.
Today the wireless industry trade group CTIA estimates that Massachusetts’ mobile app economy generates $1.18 billion each year. The FCC recently calculated that there are more than 4.01 million mobile wireless devices in circulation throughout the state. With growth being predicted for apps in Massachusetts, these impressive numbers will only become stronger.