Left-Brainiest States of the Union

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2013-05-14T14:41:54Z

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Maryland ranked 4th in Bloomberg's STEM Index. The state's number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics jobs has increased 24.21 percent since 2001.

The ranking was based on STEM professionals as a percentage of:

Those nationwide (2012): 2.97%

The state's population (2011): 2.89%

The state's employed (2011): 7.19%

Separately, the average pay for STEM professionals in Maryland was $87,663 in 2011. Nuclear engineers were the highest-paid with an average salary of $141,160.