New York residents may be used to ranking nationally in many categories, but the state’s app industry is truly exceptional. The wireless industry trade group CTIA estimates that each year it generates $2.3 billion. That is a significant turnaround for New York’s 44,050 app developers, who the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) calculated earned an average annual salary of $107,020 in 2014. Those figures represent the fifth-highest average salary for app developers in the nation, and the fourth-highest number of professionals.
In 2010 the BLS reported there were 27,600 app developers working in the state. Nearly doubling their numbers in just five years, today the New York State Department of Labor estimates that over the decade leading up to 2022 app developers jobs will increase by 26 percent, which translates into 1,550 jobs added each year.
The FCC estimates there are 11.79 million smartphones and other mobile wireless devices in circulation throughout New York – the third-highest amount of all states in the nation. The most recent census data shows that 35 percent of the state’s population connects to the internet from multiple locations. These impressive numbers support the demand and growth of New York’s mobile device and app industries, and would not be possible but for the network infrastructure developments throughout the state:
- Between 2009 and the beginning of 2014 the number of residential internet connections in New York grew from 6.6 million to 16.1 million.
- 75.3 percent of New York residents access the web via a broadband internet connection.
- Up to 60 percent of rural New York residents have access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps.
- Of all New York residents:
- 39 percent have access to broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps, ranking ninth in the nation.
- 04 percent have access to broadband speeds of at least 25 Mbps, ranking 10th in the nation.
- 97 percent have access to broadband speeds of at least 50 Mbps, ranking ninth in the nation.