The investment industry earnings season for IT professionals. Different organizations release their yearly salary surveys. I used to scour these documents in my early years as if the answer lied within. Combining all the salary surveys serve as a benchmark in the IT industry. Don’t rely on one survey and don’t take them too seriously. I consider it a fun time to view the survey as an West Coast vs East Coast duel for the highly stressed individuals shooting for the top salary.
The Computerworld Salary Survey highlights include 3,673 IT professionals who took part in the survey. Not enough people, in my opinion, to really form accurate geographic data. For example, less than 30 individuals responded for the Pacific region for Software engineer. 63% of all respondents held IT staff positions and 55% held certifications.
National averages looked very good. A role where most of us got our start, Help Desk, has an average salary of $52,779.
An Information Security Specialist has an average salary of $95,379. A very good industry to be in especially with all the data breaches happening.
Network engineers are at a comfortable $87,727 but don’t get too comfy with SDN around the corner.
SysAdmins’ average salary is $74,904.
Salaries are slowly rising at 2.1%. 60% of respondents even got raises. But there are also other factors to think about such as benefits.
With 500 managers surveyed, it looks like the trend is going towards the following positions:
- Application development (no brainer, right?)
- Network administration
- Data mining
Surprisingly, security is low on the list. Security is just an after-thought. So I’ll expect to see more data breaches from the employers of those respondents 😉
While 40% feel secure with their jobs, 46% are stressed out. Not a complete surprise when almost all IT jobs require us to work non-traditional hours and weekends. With an always-on and connected world it can be difficult for many of us to catch a break and disconnect.
While these surveys are fun to look at, they are only as good as the number of respondents. The more the better. We also need to factor in the number of years experience each respondent. Most alarming to me are is the percentage of those overly stressed out with their jobs. A discussion for another time.
What do you think of the salary survey?