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RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina officials say technology company Cisco Systems Inc. is expanding its workforce in Research Triangle Park and will add 550 jobs before 2018.

Gov. Pat McCrory's office said Friday Cisco plans to hire finance, operations and advanced network services workers at an average salary of nearly $73,000 a year plus benefits. The average wage in Wake County is nearly $50,000 a year.

Cisco could get nearly $13 million from the state over 12 years if it reaches job-creation and other targets. State officials did not immediately return messages seeking information on how much in additional state and local incentives were offered to the maker of equipment that connects to the Internet.Cisco employs more than 4,600 employees across North Carolina and more than 74,000 worldwide.

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