IT Salaries Headed Upward

Wednesday Oct 27th 2010 by Enterprise Storage Staff

The 2011 IT Salary Guide indicates compensation is on the rise.

There’s money in them there data centers! The 2011 installment of the IT Salary Guide reveals that IT salary levels are once again headed upward. So what’s in demand? Cisco certifications (CCNA), Linux certifications (RHCE), Microsoft certifications (MCAD, MCITP, MCSE, MCTS), Project management certifications (PMP), and Security certifications (CISSP, CCSA, CCSE) are all hot commodities, Datamation’s James Maguire reports.

“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 2-4% decreases. So alas, the net effect is that IT salaries are essentially flat over the last year or so. Yes, times are tough.

“Still, IT remains one of the better-paid fields, and a multi-year look at the salary numbers bears this out. Between 2007 and 2008 – the tail end of the boom years – IT salaries rose an impressive 5.3%. And between 2008 and 2009, before the downturn squeezed IT, paychecks trended upward 3.7%.

“So what’s hot in the IT job market? According to Robert Half Technology (the firm that publishes the annual salary numbers), specialties in demand include programming (particularly .NET, Java, PHP, Silverlight, Flex and SharePoint), ERP skills, security, infrastructure support (help desk pros), and networking (virtualization, cloud computing, SaaS).”

For more, read "The 2011 IT Salary Guide" at Datamation.

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