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The U.S. Video Game Industry’s Economic Impact

The entertainment software industry creates jobs and generates revenue for communities across the nation. Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2014 Report, an economic impact study conducted by Economists Incorporated and released by ESA in 2014, quantifies the U.S. video game industry’s contributions to the American economy, including:

  • From 2009 to 2012, the U.S. video game industry increased in size by more than 9 percent – four times the growth rate of the U.S. economy during the same period.
  • In 2012, the entertainment software industry added over $6.2 billion to U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
  • The computer and video game industry directly and indirectly employs more than 146,000 people.
  • The average salary for direct employees is $94,747, resulting in total national compensation of $4 billion.
  • Direct employment for the industry grew at an annual rate more than 13 times the growth of the overall U.S. labor market (9 percent vs. 0.72 percent) between 2009 and 2012.

Top 5 States in the Industry (by number of industry employees)

  1. California
  2. Texas
  3. Washington
  4. New York
  5. Massachusetts

Additional Economic Impact Data

Click on state names in the table below to view detailed reports from the top 10 states. To download all of our state reports, please click here.

State

Developer Group Direct Employees Direct + Indirect Employees Average Compensation

Economic Contribution to State

California 10,201 63,718 $103,071 $2.78 billion
Texas 3,834 17,878 $101,349 $764.9 million
Washington 2,794 12,833 $99,964 $595.2 million
New York 1,267 8,137 $94,924 $378.5 million
Massachusetts 1,137 4,174 $93,174 $179.6 million
Florida 1,007 4,601 $89,540 $171.5 million
Illinois 877 4,032 $92,453 $158.6 million
Pennsylvania 617 2,142 $87,922 $83.1 million
Oregon 552 2,359 $91,130 $111 million
Colorado 552 2,984 $87,922 $107.1 million

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