The salary gap between tech workers and other professions is widening, with the average tech worker making $50,000 less than a typical worker earning the same salary, according to data compiled by research firm BLS.
The median salary for a tech worker was $50.1 million in 2015, according the data compiled for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
However, tech workers earned less than half that much in 2017, while the median salary of a tech employee was $56,000.
That’s a 13.6 percent gap, according BLS, which says it’s one of the largest among industries with data available.
The average tech wage for 2017 was $74,000, and tech workers had a median income of $61,000 in 2017.
The biggest gap is between tech professionals and the rest of the workforce.
According to BLS data, the median tech worker makes $62,000 a year, while those in other industries made $56.6 million.
The salary gap also varies by industry.
The median salary at companies in finance and accounting is $60,000 and at insurance companies it’s $55,000 per year.
That’s a 3.4 percent difference between tech and non-tech workers, according.
While tech is making the biggest salary drop, other occupations are making gains.
The BLS said the average salary for teachers rose 8.7 percent over the past year, from $36,000 to $48,000 for teachers.
And the median annual salary for doctors rose 7.2 percent over that same period.
But, the data also shows the salaries of those in certain industries are actually falling, such as construction workers.
Construction workers made the biggest gains, making an average $47,000 over the last year, down from $55.6 for those in the manufacturing sector.