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Research: 2012 Network Computing Salary Survey

Best Practices: Application Performance

Research: Network and Data Center Pros Wait for Budgets to Open Up

While staff and managers are satisfied with their jobs overall, more than 50% of staff and management got raises of less than 5% or had their pay frozen, and about a quarter saw benefit cuts.

Survey Name InformationWeek 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey: Networking and Data Center

Survey Date January 2012

Region United States

Number of Respondents 1,220 networking and data center IT professionals, including 711 IT staff and 509 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 1,220 networking and data center 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 events databases. The survey was fielded from November 2011 to January 2012.


The information within this report is based on responses from 1,220 networking and data center IT professionals. 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 and low ends of the responses. (R4150412NW)

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