Working with the fastest internet connections of all states in the nation, Rhode Island app developers earn on-average a higher mean salary than their counterparts in other states. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) most recent figures released in 2015, the state’s 1,550 app developers earn an average of $93,560 per year. In addition to the competitive salary, professionals in this field can also look forward to strong job growth in the future.
BLS figures show that between 2010 and 2014 the number of the state’s app developers nearly doubled. Today the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training projects that between 2012 and 2022, app developer positions will grow by 26 percent. This strong growth forecast and competitive salary are two factors that have nurtured the state’s app industry, an industry that the global wireless industry trade group CTIA has estimated generates $45 million each year.
Road to Rhode Island’s App Industry
Rhode Island hasn’t always had such a thriving app industry. Today’s advancements in this field have been made possible by improvements in connectivity and network speed. For example, in 2009 the FCC reported there were just 346,000 residential internet connections throughout the state that were at least 0.1 megabyte per second (Mbps). By the beginning of 2014 this number had grown to 826,000, with 76.5 percent of all internet connections being made via broadband.
Internet speed has also been improving in Rhode Island, to the point that it is currently the national leader. According to a report released by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 99.62 percent of all Rhode Island residents have access to internet speeds of at least 50 Mbps. Having that kind of internet potential also indicates a healthy level of competition in the state; according to the FCC the vast majority of Rhode Islanders have a choice of between at least four wireless network service providers.
This infrastructure makes it possible for some impressive smartphone statistics from Rhode Island, sales of which are driving the current app boom. In the most recent census 38.6 percent of Rhode Islanders said they accessed the internet from multiple locations, and 26.2 percent said they accessed the web from multiple locations and multiple devices. In fact, in a recent estimate the FCC determined there were approximately 607,000 mobile wireless devices in circulation throughout the state – more than one device for every two people.