Saturday, February 02, 2008

Dice 2007 Annual Salary Survey

The average information technology (IT) worker in the U.S. earns a salary of $74,600. Web Developer/Programmers average slightly less at $68,600.

Boston Metro Area

Salaries in the Boston metro area are higher than the nationwide average. In fact, Boston is the second highest paying metro area behind Silicon Valley with an average IT salary of $83,500. So, the average salaries for Web Developer/Programmers in the greater Boston area are likely to be higher than the $68,600 national average.

This salary information was released this week as part of the Dice 2007 Annual Salary Survey that encompasses more than 19,000 technology professionals. Dice is "the career hub for tech insiders." A press release (pdf) is available for review.

Survey Highlights

Technology professionals continued to be in high demand in 2007, with an annual average unemployment rate of 2.1 percent -- less than half the national average.

Even entry level tech workers fared better than many entry level employees in other industries. The nationwide average starting salary for entry level tech workers is $41,500.

Those technology workers with the highest average pay increases in 2007 possessed skills in the area of e-commerce.

Six Figure Salaries

For the first time in the history of the survey, two job titles averaged more than $100,000 in base salary. These titles were as follows:

  • IT Managers
  • Project Managers

Conclusion

Technology professionals are valued in today's marketplace, despite an apparent slowdown in the economy. Web technology professionals who want to maximize employment options in 2008 should focus on adding value by seeking out opportunities in the following three areas:

  • assume responsibility for managing a technology project from start to finish
  • gain supervisory experience by leading others
  • join a team involved in developing an e-commerce website


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