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Research: 2012 IT Salary Survey

2009 IT Salary Survey: Meager Raises, Solid Prospects

Research: 2012 IT Salary Survey

U.S. IT salaries are doing just OK. IT remains a well-paying field, with median total compensation of $90,000 for staffers and $116,000 for managers. Staffers report a median raise in total compensation of 1%, while managers report a 1.8% raise, according to our InformationWeek 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey of 13,880 IT professionals. As recently as 2010, the median raise was 0%.

As always, there’s a wide range of salaries depending on skills and industries, but pay is on the rise across job functions. People who perform 11 of 23 staff job functions report median total compensation above $100,000. Last year, just three staff functions broke the six-figure barrier: ERP, enterprise app integration, and data integration and warehousing. With managers, all but two functions—training and help desk—top $100,000 this year.

Among industries, Wall Street IT compensation sits even more firmly on top than in recent years, and San Francisco reigns as the highest-paying city, with median IT manager pay of $134,000 and staff pay of $111,000. Despite the high price, the city’s talent pool still draws new employers—the likes of General Electric and Ford opened software development centers there in the past year.

This report will examine these and other Salary Survey findings in more detail. Among other trends, we'll look at the rising importance of IT pros with business analytics skills to make sense of their rising horde of data, and of the business analyst role to bridge business unit needs and IT capabilities.

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey

Survey Date   January 2012

Region   United States

Number of Respondents  13,880 

Purpose   To track IT salary and compensation trends from the perspective of those on the front lines, InformationWeek conducts an annual U.S. IT Salary Survey. Now in its 15th year, it’s the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. Last year, 18,201 full-time IT professionals completed the Web-based survey. This year, 13,880 took part. The goal of this trendable study is to measure various aspects of ­compensation, benefits, and job satisfaction. This report focuses on the 7,499 IT staff and 6,381 IT ­professionals who participated in the survey.

Methodology   The survey was designed by InformationWeek and fielded online. The survey was ­promoted in InformationWeek’s daily and weekly newsletters. In addition, email invitations with an ­embedded link to the survey were sent to qualified IT professionals from InformationWeek Business ­Technology Network print, newsletter and event databases. The survey fielded from November 2011 to January 2012.
 
The information within this report is based on responses from 7,499 IT staff and 6,381 IT managers. Unemployed and part-time workers were excluded from these results, as were respondents from outside the United States. This report uses median rather than mean or average figures for salary and percentage salary changes to eliminate distortions caused by extremes at either the high or low end of the responses.

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