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9 Optimistic IT Salary Survey Results

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9 Optimistic IT Salary Survey Results


 

Are you optimistic about your compensation on the road ahead? 

According to many of the salary surveys we've compiled, the situation for IT management salaries is looking good, with IT pros getting more secure and confident in their job prospects and the IT career path as the economy and employment picture improve. While economic growth remains slow, conditions are improving for most, as tech unemployment rate remains low, technology professionals know they can take control of their careers. A major trend that stood out is that the supply of highly skilled technology professionals is expected to remain below demand for the foreseeable future, especially as companies across all industries look for specialized talent in three main areas: mobile, security and big data.

We put together a comprehensive list compiled from the latest leading salary surveys and compensation results for IT professionals, to keep track of what's happening with IT and the people that are involved in IT. 

1. Robert Half


Robert Half Technology 2011 IT Salary SurveyLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: Based on thousands of interim and full-time placements

Discoveries: 89 percent of technology executives reported being somewhat or very confident about their companies' growth prospects, 61 percent said they are facing recruiting challenges.
Conclusions: Employers are likely to have difficulty finding skilled talent for a range of technology roles in 2015. The supply of highly skilled technology professionals is expected to remain below demand for the foreseeable future, especially as companies across all industries look for specialized talent in three main areas: mobile, security and big data.

Some sample findings:

ComputerWorld 2012 IT Salary Survey

2. ComputerWorld 2014 IT Salary Survey


ComputerWorld 2011 IT Salary SurveyLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: 3,673 IT pros

Discoveries: Salaries and bonuses are inching up, and more people are getting raises.
Conclusions: As the economic recovery continues, workers are feeling more optimistic about IT as a career: While only 29% believed that a career path in IT and the potential for salary advancement was as promising in 2012 as it was five years prior, that percentage increased to 38% in 2013 and to 42% this year. In the end, most IT pros are happy with their career choice: 84% say they're satisfied or very satisfied with their decision to pursue a career in IT.

Some sample findings:
ComputerWorld 2012 IT Salary Survey

3. Dice Tech Salary Survey


Dice 2011 IT Salary SurveyLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: 17,236 employed technology professionals 

Discoveries: More tech professionals in the U.S. enjoyed merit raises last year, driving average salaries up nearly 3% to $87,811. Tech professionals understand they can easily find ways to grow their career, with two-thirds of respondents (65%) confident in finding a new, better position.
Conclusions: Dice's Salary Survey Report shows that salaries and confidence are rising for U.S. tech professionals, but tech powered companies are on edge as compensation satisfaction slips.

Some sample findings:

InformationWeek 2012 IT Salary Survey

4. InformationWeek 2014 IT Salary Survey


InformationWeek 2011 IT Salary SurveyLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: 11,662 US IT pros

Discoveries: Faith in IT careers has spiked. For staffers, 48% think the path is more promising than it was five years ago, a 15-point jump from 2011. For managers, 55% think it's more promising, also a 15-point increase. 
Conclusions: IT pros are getting more secure and confident in their job prospects and the IT career path as the economy and employment picture improve.

Some sample findings:

InformationWeek 2012 IT Salary Survey

5. SearchCIO IT Salary and Careers Survey


TechTarget 2014 IT Salary SurveyLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: 1,711 IT professionals

Discoveries: Senior IT executives said that operational efficiencies (58%) is the top value the business expects to gain from technology projects.
Conclusions:Technology is not just a means of optimizing business processes but flipping business models; not just improving customer service but engaging customers in entirely new ways; and not just about serving the traditional "IT customer," the employee, but the external
customers that the CEO or any line of business serves.

Some sample findings:

NetworkWorld: 2013 IT Salaries

6. The Future of IT Jobs: Critical Skills and Obsolescent Roles


TechTargetLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: 1,156 respondents

Discoveries: Business skills are only useful when they are wedded to meaningful technology to capitalise upon them. Knowing which trends will take off, gain momentum and become common can future proof an IT career and ensure you stay on top of the game - and stay in demand.
Conclusions:The report revealed that many people fear that their current IT skill set will become obsolete, with 59 percent of respondents employed in the IT industry reporting concern.

Some sample findings:
NetworkWorld: 2013 IT Salaries

7. Global Knowledge: IT Skills & Salary Report


IBSLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: 10,299 IT professionals

Discoveries: Salaries for IT professionals increased this year, averaging $88,952, thirteen percent higher than last year.
Conclusions: Organizations that invest in technology and training are best situated to take advantage of their position in the market. IT professionals who add new skills can not only improve on-the-job effectiveness, but can lead to advancement and increased compensation.

Some sample findings:

NetworkWorld: 2013 IT Salaries

8. Foote Partners: 2014 IT Compensation Survey


TechTargetLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: Monitors 2,648 public and private sector organizations

Discoveries: Analytics is the point where all of these big data skills meet. Finding patterns and actionable data in the mountains of information collected is a skill that will likely increase well into the future.
Conclusions:Architects, mobile developers and IT pros who are proficient in several flavors of big data and analytics are the top dogs in this look at the non-certified IT skills.

A look at the methodology:

NetworkWorld: 2013 IT Salaries

9. TechRepublic: Top IT job skills for 2014: Big data, mobile, cloud, security


TechTargetLink: See the survey results
Surveyed: Talked to several IT executives and tech recruiters

Discoveries: Data is exploding all over the IT scene and reshaping how we think about storing and analyzing large volumes of data. Companies are realizing they can mine valuable business intelligence to improve decision making and gain the competitive advantage. Tools such as Hadoop are making all of this possible and because of it, NoSQL skills at all levels are in extremely high-demand.
Conclusions:The tech job market is improving. We're seeing it in not only when it comes to hiring but in increased educational and training opportunities for students and potential candidates in the US.

Some participants:

NetworkWorld: 2013 IT Salaries

 

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Martin Perlin