2011 IT Salaries: How Much Are You Really Worth?
November 8, 2010
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Datamation's annual IT Salary Guide lists salaries for various IT professionals, from software developers to IT systems administrators. Additionally, it lists salary increases for specialty IT skill sets. Curious what you're worth on the open market? Find out what you can expect to earn, should you decide to look for a new job in the new year.
The good news: The The 2011 IT Salary Guide demonstrates that IT salary levels are once again headed upward.
The 2011 IT Salary Guide indicates some respectable boosts in average salary. Lead applications developers get a 4.7% increase and software engineers enjoy a 4.1% boost in paycheck. Okay, so IT managers move up a ho-hum 2.5% and project managers rise 2.8%, but Web developers jump 4.6% and System Security Admins levitate a healthy 4% (seems like security is always hot).
The bad news: these rising IT salary numbers are merely compensating for last year's 2 percent to 4 percent decreases. So alas, the net effect is that IT salaries are essentially flat over the last year or so. Yes, times are tough.Additional analysis can be found at the full article on Datamation.
Below is salary info for a sys admin position, one of many positions for which data has been gathered and published. To see the other positions, check out the article for complete survey results.
2011 average salary range: $53,250 - $83,000.
Add a salary increase for the following skills:
Note: Since these numbers are national averages, they must also be adjusted based on your area of the country.
Salary levels are approximately 10 percent to 30 percent higher in the North East; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 30 percent higher on the West coast.
IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in the following cities they are:
Read the complete 2011 Salary Guide at Datamation.