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Software fuels nearly 1 million California jobs. Average salary? $206,000 per year

 Software fuels nearly 1 million California jobs. Average salary? $206,000 per year
California has benefited more than any other state from the software explosion, according to the Software Alliance. (Jacques Brinon / AP)

Nearly a million Californians work in fields that produce software or support it, according to an industry study released Wednesday. That's about 6% of total state jobs, and about a tenth of all Americans with jobs tied to the industry.

California has benefited more than any other state from the software explosion, the Software Alliance report said. The industry and its attendant fields contributed more than a quarter of total business research and development investment in California, the group estimated.

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The 949,000 software and support jobs here also are high-paying. Software publishers in California earned more than $206,000 per year on average last year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Computer systems designers made $140,550 on average.

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