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Fast emerging as the next tech hub, Charleston offers a great place to do business, to innovate, get inspired and be successful.

Twelve in the nation for high tech GDP growth, Charleston’s digital economy ranks alongside Austin, Raleigh, and San Francisco – growing 16% faster than the U.S. average, according to the Milken Institute.

With a collaborative creative community, supportive entrepreneurial network, skilled talent pool, numerous colleges, startup incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, code education programs/camps, tech conferences, meetups and user groups, Charleston offers the ideal business environment for technology companies and talent to thrive in a metro that consistently tops the World’s Best Cities lists.

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Our talent pipeline is fueled by 40,000+ students attending college or seeking advanced degrees


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America’s Most Exciting Mid-Size Cities

Source: Movoto 2014


Fastest-Growing Mid-Size Metro for Computer Software engineers

Source: Avalanche Consulting 2014


City for “Where the Jobs will be in 2015”

Source: Forbes

With 11,000+ people employed in tech occupations, Charleston has a larger percentage of employment in IT-related businesses than Austin or Raleigh, and offers work/life balance. You CAN have a surfing lunch, do ground-breaking work, and know career success in an environment that continually inspires you.

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Tech Companies

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The Charleston region is home to some of the nation’s fastest-growing tech giants and startups specializing in: web & mobile applications, software services & products, cybersecurity, defense electronics, data centers & cloud computing, and network communications.



The Charleston region is home to nearly every U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security agency, including the Space & Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR Atlantic). These agencies engage complex information systems to respond to current military security needs and to build the next generation of weapons, security and monitoring systems.

High-tech systems and installations developed by the U.S. military often find a home in private industry. As such, Charleston sustains strong, innovative software development and information technology industries, and a talent pool of 18,000+ ex-military, civilian and government employees, many with high-level security clearances.

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“Charleston offers a rare blend of climate, culture, food, sun and sea, historic charm, attractive cost of living, and general friendliness. It’s an unbeatable quality of life.”

Resources & Support

The Charleston region provides an extensive network of support and resources for both startups and established companies. A spirit of collaboration sets Charleston’s tech community apart. It’s welcoming. We want you to succeed. Our top tech leaders are always willing to collaborate, contemplate, cooperate and are committed to pushing the industry forward.


Charleston Digital Corridor (CDC)

Nurtures and promotes the area’s knowledge economy by fostering a business, physical and social environment where technology companies can succeed.


Charleston Entrepreneur Ecosystem

Provides a one-stop online portal to help entrepreneurs find the funding, skills, and support needed to grow.


Charleston Open Source

A tech talent attraction campaign and website where tech professionals share all that’s amazing about working in Charleston. It’s a place to find your spot, make a connection, and land the tech job that fits you best.


The Harbor Entrepreneur Center

Offers a business accelerator program that introduces entrepreneurs to high impact business concepts during an intense curriculum led by successful mentors.


SC Launch

Helps develop and fund tech-based industries throughout South Carolina investing $200,000+ into selected startups.


Silicon Harbor Ventures

An investor-managed venture fund targeting investments in early and growth stage Charleston companies.


The chart below provides wages typically associated with cybersecurity/information technology sectors, or visit local data to access a more comprehensive list of wage statistics (BLS data). For a local wage & benefit survey broken down by industry sector and company size, contact Michael J. Graney, Vice President, Global Business Development, at +1 843.760.4526 or

Occupation Code and Title2015 Average Hourly Wage2015 Median Hourly Wage
Computer Hardware Engineers, 17-2061$43.08$43.16
Computer Network Architects, 15-1143$41.84$40.17
Computer Network Support Specialists, 15-1152$27.82$26.75
Computer Programmers, 15-1131$36.08$35.35
Computer Systems Analysts, 15-1121$37.09$36.36
Computer User Support Specialists, 15-1151$24.12$22.34
Database Administrators, 15-1141$39.27$37.73
Electrical Engineers, 17-2071$38.46$38.03
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians, 17-3023$35.26$36.62
Information Security Analysts, 15-1122$36.90$33.82
Network and Computer Systems Administrators, 15-1142$38.36$37.15
Software Developers, Applications, 15-1132$46.26$40.37
Software Developers, Systems Software, 15-1133$36.76$37.28
Web Developers, 15-1134$33.10$33.79
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5/2016

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