IT Salary Trends For 2012

by QuickCert on January 27, 2012

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In spite of the Great Recession, information technology salaries have remained steady or increased, according to a salary survey sponsored by Computer Economics.

One reason for the seemingly Teflon-coated IT salaries is that unlike many industries, IT managers struggle to find employees with the complex skills necessary to perform high-level programming, data analysis and other jobs.

In 2005, Bill Gates, then chairman of Microsoft told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Microsoft had great difficulty finding qualified people to fill the company’s open computer scientist positions. Gates also lamented the fact that Microsoft faced heated competition from other corporations for skilled talent.

In their 2012 salary report, Robert Half International, a staffing and consulting firm, analyzed IT salary trends by skill set and job titles. The Robert Half 2012 Technology Salary Guide revealed that IT salaries trended upward in all categories.

Administration
• Chief Information Officer – $134,500 to $225,500, a 3.9 percent increase over 2011
• Chief Technology Officer – $120,750 to $188,250, a 3.6 percent increase over 2011
• Chief Security Officer – $115,000 to $172,250, a 3.9 percent increase over 2011

Application Development
• Manager – $91,750 to $120,000, a 3.7 percent increase over 2011
• Project Manager – $79,000 to $117,250, a 3.7 percent increase over 2011
• Systems Analyst – $68,500 to $97,750, a 4.6 percent increase over 2011

Database Administration
• Database Manager – $96,500 to $133,500, a 4.3 percent increase over 2011
• Database Developer – $82,000 to $119,750, a 6.9 percent increase over 2011
• Database Administrator – $79,000 to $113,750, a 3.9 percent increase over 2011

Quality Assurance
• QA/Testing Manager – $80,250 to $107,000, a 3.5 percent increase over 2011
• QA Associate/Analyst – $55,250 to $85,500 a 3.9 percent increase over 2011

Internet and E-Commerce
• Senior Web Developer – $85,750 to $118,500, a 6.9 percent increase over 2011
• Web Developer – $61,250 to $99,250, a 5.4 percent increase over 2011
• Web Administrator – $58,500 to $88,250, a 5 percent increase over 2011

Networking/Telecommunications
• Network Architect – $95,500 to $137,000, a 6 percent increase over 2011
• Network Manager – $82,750 to $114,500, a 4.5 percent increase over 2011
• Network Engineer – $75,000 to $107,750, a 5.8 percent increase over 2011

Security
• Data Security Analyst – $89,000 to $121,500, a 6 percent increase over 2011
• Systems Security Administrator, $85,250 to $117,750 a 4.6 percent increase over 2011
• Network Security Administrator – $85,000 to $116,750, a 4.9 percent increase over 2011

Software Development
• Product Manager – $90,750 to $124, 750, a 4.9 percent increase over 2011
• Software Engineer – $78,250 to $119,500, a 6.6 percent increase over 2011
• Software Developer – $70,000 to $111,000, a 6.5 percent increase over 2011

Help Desk and Technical Support
• Manager – $70,000 to $99,750, a 3 percent increase over 2011
• Desktop Support Analyst – $47,250 to $69,250, a 1.5 percent increase over 2011
• Systems Administrator – $56,250 to $87,500, a 5.5 percent increase over 2011

Even in IT, certain skill sets are more highly valued by employers than others. According to the Robert Half 2012 Technology Salary Guide, the IT jobs most in demand are:

• Systems and network engineers
• Software developers
• Quality assurance and business analysts

The certifications most in demand are:
Cisco
Linux
Microsoft

The surge in the popularity of tablets, such as the iPad, has created a demand for mobile and touch screen developers. According to Robert Half, an entry level IT job remains open for five weeks while a management position remains open for seven weeks.