Jan
29

10 Kick Ass IT Salary Survey Results



   
 
Salary SurveyWith many businesses enjoying renewed growth following an extended period of economic gloom, IT workers saw another year of modest salary increases, and they reported significantly fewer pay cuts, hiring freezes and layoffs. At the same time, extra workload heaped on IT professionals now outweighs the boost in pay.

According to many of the salary surveys we've compiled, this situation has resulted in a rise in IT management salaries, with companies openly hiring more IT personnel. The ongoing uncertainty of the econmony is holding back greater compensation. Employers have increased salaries, begrudgingly, but tech pros are expecting more. This means that technology professionals are being asked to do more for less.

To keep track of what's happening with IT and the people that are involved in IT, we put together a comprehensive list compiled from the latest leading salary surveys and compensation results for IT professionals. Now you can see how your peers are doing, what are the prospects for your position, and compare your pay with IT workers in similar jobs.

1. Robert Half

Robert Half Technology 2011 IT Salary Survey Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
Thousands of IT Staffing placements
Discoveries: Base compensation for information technology professionals is expected to increase an average of 5.3 percent in the coming year. Mobile applications developers will see the highest increases (average of 9.0 percent), as companies look for people to help them build business using mobile media. Network engineers (especially wireless), data modelers and portal administrators also are in demand.
Conclusions: Throughout 2012, the majority of chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed for the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Reporrt said that finding skilled professional posed a challenge. Research by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics makes it easy to understand why: The need for these professionals is growing.
  Some sample findings:
Robert Half Technology 2012 IT Salary Survey

2. ComputerWorld 2012 IT Salary Survey

ComputerWorld 2011 IT Salary Survey Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
4,337 IT workers
Discoveries: Organizations of all stripes have reported deep cuts to their training budgets in recent years, and they have held off on initiatives that would have given workers a way to learn new technologies. At the same time, technological evolution continued at its breakneck pace.
Conclusions: the skills related to emerging technologies, such as mobile, wireless and communications systems, cloud computing and Web security, enjoyed the biggest year-over-year increases in demand among IT managers who plan to hire in the next 12 months. On top of that, hiring managers say they want people with the basic tech skills that have always been required, as well as business acumen, communication skills and customer service abilities.
Some sample findings:
ComputerWorld 2012 IT Salary Survey

3. Dice Tech Salary Survey

Dice 2011 IT Salary Survey Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
15,049 Tech workers
Discoveries:Technology salaries in the U.S. saw the biggest jump in more than a decade, according to the 2013-2012 Salary Survey from Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineer professionals. Tech professionals earned a greater than five percent increase in average annual wages to $85,619, up from $81,327 in 2011.
Conclusions: The increase in wages comes at a time when the vast majority of tech professionals (64%) are confident they could find a favorable new position in 2013 and when employers are stepping up to the plate to retain and motivate staff with more interesting or challenging assignments, increased compensation and the ability to telecommute, according to respondents.
  Some sample findings:
Dice Tech Salary Survey

4. TechRepublic IT Skills and Salary Report

TechRepublic IT Skills and Salary Report Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
Over 9,500 IT professionals from around the globe
Discoveries: Respondents' average salaries increased this year—an optimistic sign. The average (mean) salary for the current survey's respondents was $84,552, up 6.2% from the 2011 survey. This represents a 14.4% increase over the $73,900 recorded in the first study (2008). Average salary for IT professionals was $84,258, with non-IT respondents averaging $86,274.
Conclusions: Despite the current shadow of slow economic times, there remains a sense of optimism among IT and business professionals. Business cycles rise and fall, and the majority of respondents believe their personal economic conditions, as well as the conditions facing their companies, will improve in 2012.
  Some sample findings:
TechRepublic IT Skills and Salary Report

5. InformationWeek 2012 IT Salary Survey

InformationWeek 2011 IT Salary Survey Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
13,880 IT professionals
Discoveries: U.S. IT salaries are doing just OK. IT remains a well-paying field, with median total compensation of $90,000 for staffers and $116,000 for managers. Staffers report a median raise in total compensation of 1%, while managers report a 1.8% raise
Conclusions: This growing faith in data-driven decisionmaking is creating a talent shortage. McKinsey predicts that demand for big data and deep analytics experts will exceed the supply by 140,000 to 190,000 positions by 2018 if current trends continue. What's more, U.S. companies will need 1.5 million more managers and business analysts who can ask the right questions and consume the results of big data analysis.
Some sample findings:
InformationWeek 2012 IT Salary Survey

6. Enterprise Systems Salary Survey: Staff Salaries

Enterprise Systems 2011 IT Salary Survey Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
1,187 IT professionals and managers
Discoveries: The economy may still be rocky and uncertain, but the picture has brightened considerably for information technology professionals over the past year.
Conclusions: The improved compensation picture for IT professionals reflects the increasing reliance on technology by organizations to achieve innovation, enable greater understanding of customers and markets, and keep costs down.
Some sample findings:
Enterprise Systems Salary Survey: Staff Salaries

7. Enterprise Systems Salary Survey: Management Salaries

Enterprise Systems 2011 IT Salary Survey Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
1,187 IT professionals and managers
Discoveries: The salaries were higher across the board for IT management professionals engaged in application areas such as SOA, business intelligence and analytics, and enterprise resource planning (ERP). In fact, across seven of the nine IT management positions covered, those overseeing sites practicing SOA had the highest average salaries.
Conclusions: There are now many glimmers of salary growth emerging from what is still a rocky economy. Base salaries across all nine key IT management positions covered have increased over the past year.
Some sample findings:
Enterprise Systems Salary Survey: Management Salaries

8. SearchDataCenter IT Salary Survey 2012

Searchdatacenter 2011 IT Salary Survey Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
2,277 IT professionals
Discoveries: About half (57%) of the salary survey respondents felt their overall compensation had improved or increased compared to 2011, while 17% felt that it had declined or taken a negative turn. We looked at our 2011 salary survey data, and the statistics were nearly identical, with 56% reporting a positive trend compared to 2010.
Conclusions: There are still strong indicators that the recession is still having an impact on IT departments, but an optimistic 41% of survey respondents reported that their IT department is growing or is actively hiring. Almost one-third (30%), however, reported their departments are shrinking or under a hiring freeze, while 1% reported they currently have a staff shortage but are not able to fill the positions.
Some sample findings:
SearchDataCenter IT Salary Survey 2012

9. NetworkWorld: 2013 IT Salaries

NetworkWorld Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
1,700 IT executives and roles globally
Discoveries: Mobile application developers and wireless network engineers can expect a 9% and 7.9% increase in starting salaries, respectively.
Conclusions: 15 titles getting the biggest pay raises.
Some sample findings:
NetworkWorld: 2013 IT Salaries

10. Blue Wolf: 2012 IT Salary Guide

IT BusinessEdge 2011 IT Salary Survey Link: See the survey results
Surveyed:
Thousands of IT Staffing placements
Discoveries:Job creation is on the rise and salaries are up. Despite a hard year for employment in 2011, the IT sector has proven to be a bright light in the national hiring landscape. There is little doubt that right now is a very exciting time to be in IT.
Conclusions: The fast-moving business landscape and the rapid adoption of disruptive technologies have changed business as we know it. In the IT landscape, we've experienced some fundamental shifts in enterprise technology in the areas of Mobile, Big Data, Cloud Computing, and User Engagement. These innovations have not only changed the enterprise but also the makeup of its workforce, igniting staffing budgets and the job market for IT pros.
Some sample findings:
2012 IT Salary Survey




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Written by Martin Perlin.

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