Software application developers are the single largest computer science occupation and have seen the fastest growth in past year; growing 18.2 percent from 2015 to 2016. These workers are also well paid at an average annual salary of $100,510 compared to the average occupational salary of $41,370 in the Portland MSA.
Overall Computer Occupations grew at an annualized rate of 7.5 percent from 2010 to 2016 (7.5 percent from 2012 to 2016 and 6.2 percent from 2015 to 2016). Portland has a significant demand for tech workers. The vast majority of H1B Visas from Portland based companies are workers with computer science background. Looking at the total list of accepted H1B Visa applications, we see that roughly 821 visas are identified as tech workers. This accounts for two-thirds of all accepted H1B visa applications in Portland.