Saturday, June 28, 2008

IT Salary Survey | 2008

According to the recently released Cybercities 2008 report, Boston is the fourth largest city in the U.S. in terms of technology employment. The top four cities are as follows:

The Boston metro area employed approximately 192,000 tech workers in 2006, according to the report. The average tech worker in Boston earned approximately $95,000.

IT Salary Survey | 2008

More recent salary data can be found in the annual InformationWeek U.S. IT Salary Survey. The average information technology (IT) manager earns $103,000 (bonus included). Median base pay according to the survey:

Half of staffers and two-thirds of managers receive bonuses.

Median total compensation for staff with the "programmer" title comes in at $66,000.

Critical Job Skills

Half of IT staffers identify the following as their most critical job skills:

For IT managers the critical skills are as follows:

Salary by Job Function

"There are some jobs that are seeing an uptick in salary, particularly those with Web design and development roles," according to an excerpt of the full report that is available for purchase.

None-the-less, "Web content management" ranks as one of the lowest paid IT management functions. Here are the highest and lowest paid management functions:

Highest Paid Management Functions:

Lowest Paid Management Functions:

This data is reported in an annual survey of more than 9,000 workers across 20 IT job functions and management positions. An InformationWeek article provides additional insight. A slide show is also available summarizing the results.

Bottom Line

Based on this compensation survey the surest route to a six-figure paycheck in the technology marketplace is to improve in the following four areas:

By helping a business enterprise improve it's bottom line you can help improve yours.

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