Pay gaps in tech are reaching record highs.
According to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday, the gap between the pay of tech professionals and the average wage of full-time workers has reached more than $1,300 per month for full-timers, a figure that’s more than twice as large as the $1 a month average for the full-employment workforce.
In the same period, the average annual salary of a full-timer in the tech industry has fallen by more than 11 percent, to $70,000, according to the BLS.
Pay gaps are also widening in the medical field, with the median annual salary for fulltime medical professionals falling by 9 percent to $78,000.
In the IT industry, the median income for fulltimers has fallen to $63,000 from $70 and the median salary for part-timer employees has fallen from $69,000 to $52,000 over the same time period.
Despite these pay gaps, tech companies remain a highly competitive sector for workers with advanced degrees and high-tech skills.
According for the BIS, technology companies in 2016 were responsible for the majority of all jobs created in the United States.
The BLS found that nearly one in three full- and part-time IT jobs are held by people with at least a bachelor’s degree, while nearly one-quarter of all IT jobs in 2016 are held primarily by people who hold a high school diploma or less.
While tech workers still lag behind the workforce as a whole, they are now making gains, with their salaries reaching record levels, according the BPS.
The BLS also found that technology jobs have been growing more rapidly over the last decade.
In 2015, IT jobs accounted for nearly half of all employment in the U.S., but that percentage rose to 51 percent in 2016, up from 42 percent in 2015.
The most common industries of people employed in tech in 2016 include:Information and telecommunications, including computers and electronic devices;and software and services;information and telecommunications;computer and electronic equipment, including systems and software;information technology and related services;computer hardware and related equipment;information systems and related goods and services, including software and software components and software services;electronics and related devices, including digital audio and video recording equipment and digital audio, video and computer-related equipment;and industrial production, services, and equipment.