The Right Way to Lead  in the Cloud


Research: 2012 SMB IT Salary Survey

The Right Way to Lead  in the Cloud

Research: SMB IT Works for Less, Enjoys It More

IT workers at small and midsize companies bring home smaller paychecks than their enterprise counterparts, but they’re a bit happier in their work.

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey: Small and Midsize Businesses

Survey Date   January 2012

Region   United States

Number of Respondents   6,200 IT professionals at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, including 2,940 IT staff and 3,260 IT managers.

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 6,200 IT professionals from small and midsize companies 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 events databases. The survey was fielded from November 2011 to January 2012. The information within this report is based on responses from 6,200 information-management professionals from small and midsize companies. 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 the high or low ends of the responses.


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