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Friday Aug 1st 2008 by James Maguire
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The 2008 IT Salary Guide lists salaries for many tech positions in the United States, broken down by both specialty and region.

The 2008 IT Salary Guide indicates that the average starting salary will increase 5.3 percent over 2007 levels, with some high demand positions commanding 7 percent. This healthy increase is due to a talent crunch in the IT industry — the demand for talented tech professionals is higher than it's been in five years, according to Robert Half Technology.

Various factors are responsible for this scarcity of tech talent. College students seem to be veering away from IT careers, perhaps scared by headlines about outsourcing. The number of freshman planning on majoring in computer science plunged a whopping 70 percent between 2000 and 2005, according to a UCLA study. At the same time, the IT industry is expanding. The Bureau of Labor forecasts that 1 million new IT jobs will be created between 2004 and 2014. That number zooms to 1.3 million new jobs when you add the retirements of aging Baby Boomers.

On the other hand, tech execs concede they're being cautious about hiring: Having excess staff causes its own headaches. Consequently, hiring managers often attempt to use contract workers until they're sure they can offer a stable long-term position.

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The level of demand for each tech specialty, of course, varies constantly. A survey of 1,400 CIO's by Robert Half in August 2007 asked the question: "Which technical skills are most in demand within your organization?" Leading the pack was Windows administration (73%), followed by network administration (70%), database management (60%), firewall administration (55%), wireless network management (52%), business intelligence (34%), ERP implementation (22%), Microsoft .NET development (22%), CRM implementation (18%), Linux administration (18%), Unix administration (18%) and XML development (18%).

Several trends are expected to drive IT hiring in 2008. Foremost among these are network and desktop security, wireless, business intelligence and database management. Web 2.0 and social media are particularly buzz-worthy, especially as the difference between what's resident on the desktop and what lives online continues to lessen.

IT Salaries by Specialty

Based on data from Robert Half Technology, the 2008 IT Salary Guide lists a broad range of IT salaries, from software developer to CTO to help desk manager. The Guide also provides data about pay levels for regions across the United States, and the salary incentives for related tech skills (such as VoIP expertise, or Visual Basic experience).

The Salary Guide also lists salary levels going back (in some cases) to 2005, which enables IT staffers to compare rate of pay increases for various jobs.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

The 2008 IT Salary Guide indicates that the average starting salary will increase 5.3 percent over 2007 levels, with some high demand positions commanding 7 percent. This healthy increase is due to a talent crunch in the IT industry — the demand for talented tech professionals is higher than it's been in five years, according to Robert Half Technology.

Various factors are responsible for this scarcity of tech talent. College students seem to be veering away from IT careers, perhaps scared by headlines about outsourcing. The number of freshman planning on majoring in computer science plunged a whopping 70 percent between 2000 and 2005, according to a UCLA study. At the same time, the IT industry is expanding. The Bureau of Labor forecasts that 1 million new IT jobs will be created between 2004 and 2014. That number zooms to 1.3 million new jobs when you add the retirements of aging Baby Boomers.

On the other hand, tech execs concede they're being cautious about hiring: Having excess staff causes its own headaches. Consequently, hiring managers often attempt to use contract workers until they're sure they can offer a stable long-term position.

Discuss this article in the ServerWatch discussion forum

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The level of demand for each tech specialty, of course, varies constantly. A survey of 1,400 CIO's by Robert Half in August 2007 asked the question: "Which technical skills are most in demand within your organization?" Leading the pack was Windows administration (73%), followed by network administration (70%), database management (60%), firewall administration (55%), wireless network management (52%), business intelligence (34%), ERP implementation (22%), Microsoft .NET development (22%), CRM implementation (18%), Linux administration (18%), Unix administration (18%) and XML development (18%).

Several trends are expected to drive IT hiring in 2008. Foremost among these are network and desktop security, wireless, business intelligence and database management. Web 2.0 and social media are particularly buzz-worthy, especially as the difference between what's resident on the desktop and what lives online continues to lessen.

IT Salaries by Specialty

Based on data from Robert Half Technology, the 2008 IT Salary Guide lists a broad range of IT salaries, from software developer to CTO to help desk manager. The Guide also provides data about pay levels for regions across the United States, and the salary incentives for related tech skills (such as VoIP expertise, or Visual Basic experience).

The Salary Guide also lists salary levels going back (in some cases) to 2005, which enables IT staffers to compare rate of pay increases for various jobs.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Applications Development: Developer/Programmer

2008 Average Salary Range: $57,500 to $96,750

The 2008 salary range is an increase of 6.0 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $55,250 to $90,750.

The 2006 salary range was an increase of 4.6 percent over this job's 2005 salary range, which was $52,500 to $83,250.

Add 5 percent for C++ development skills, 10 percent for Java development skills, 5 percent for Visual Basic development skills, 12 percent for C# development skills, 5 percent for LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl) skills, 5 percent for AJAX development skills, 5 percent for Microsoft Sharepoint skills and 10 percent for Visual Basic .NET development skills.

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.

Salary levels are, approximately 7 percent to 20 percent higher in the Northeast, about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South, and 5 percent to 25 percent higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 24% higher
Stamford, Conn. 30% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 15% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 25% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 25% higher
San Diego, Calif. 21% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 30% higher
San Jose, Calif. 27% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job Types
» Chief Technology Officer    » Applications Development: Developer/Programmer    » Business Systems Analyst    » Database Manager    » Senior Web Developer    » Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer    » Project Manager    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Business Systems Analyst

2008 Average Salary Range: $64,250 to $91,750

The 2008 average salary range is an increase of 5.6 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $61,250 to $86.500.

The 2006 salary range was an increase of 5.1 percent over this job's 2005 salary range, which was $56,000 to $80,500.

Add 5 percent for C++ development skills, 10 percent for Java development skills, 5 percent for Visual Basic development skills, 12 percent for C# development skills, 5 percent for LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl) development skills, 5 percent for AJAX development skills, 5 percent for Microsoft Sharepoint skills and 10 percent for Visual Basic .NET development skills.

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.

Salary levels are, approximately 7 percent to 20 percent higher in the Northeast, about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South, and 5 percent to 25 percent higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 24% higher
Stamford, Conn. 30% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 15% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 25% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 25% higher
San Diego, Calif. 21% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 30% higher
San Jose, Calif. 27% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job Types
» Chief Technology Officer    » Applications Development: Developer/Programmer    » Business Systems Analyst    » Database Manager    » Senior Web Developer    » Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer    » Project Manager    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Database Manager

2008 Average Salary Range: $88,750 to $122,750

The 2008 salary range is an increase of 5.4 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $84,750 to $116,000.

The 2006 salary range was an increase of 2.6 percent over this job's 2005 salary range, which was $81,250 to $110,250.

Add 10 percent for Oracle database skills, 12 percent for Microsoft SQL Server skills, and 7 percent for IBM DB2 database skills.

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.

Salary levels are, approximately 7 percent to 20 percent higher in the Northeast, about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South, and 5 percent to 25 percent higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 24% higher
Stamford, Conn. 30% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 15% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 25% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 25% higher
San Diego, Calif. 21% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 30% higher
San Jose, Calif. 27% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job Types
» Chief Technology Officer    » Applications Development: Developer/Programmer    » Business Systems Analyst    » Database Manager    » Senior Web Developer    » Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer    » Project Manager    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Senior Web Developer

2008 Average Salary Range: $76,250 to $108,250

The 2008 salary range is an increase of 6.6 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $71,000 to $102,000.

The 2006 salary range was an increase of 1.1 percent over this job's 2005 salary range, which was $68,000 to $96,750.

Add 10 percent for Java development skills, 10 percent for Java Enterprise Edition development skills, 5 percent for LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/PERL) development skills, 5 percent for AJAX development skills, 5 percent for Microsoft Sharepoint skills, 5 percent for Cold Fusion development skills, 7 percent for Web services development skills, 5 percent for Active Server Page development skills, 10 percent for DCOM/COM/ActiveX development skills, 12 percent for C# development skills, 10 percent for Visual Basic .NET development skills, and 5 percent for WebLogic clustering administration skills.

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.

Salary levels are, approximately 7 percent to 20 percent higher in the Northeast, about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South, and 5 percent to 25 percent higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 24% higher
Stamford, Conn. 30% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 15% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 25% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 25% higher
San Diego, Calif. 21% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 30% higher
San Jose, Calif. 27% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job Types
» Chief Technology Officer    » Applications Development: Developer/Programmer    » Business Systems Analyst    » Database Manager    » Senior Web Developer    » Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer    » Project Manager    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer

2008 Average Salary Range: $67, 250 to $93,500

The 2008 salary range is an increase of 3 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $65,750 to $90,250.

The 2006 salary range was an increase of 3.3 percent over this job's 2005 salary range, which was $61,250 to $88,250.

Add 12 percent for Cisco network administration skills, 10 percent for LINUX/UNIX administration skills, 10 percent for Windows 2000/2003/XP administration skills, and 10 percent for VoIP administration skills.

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.

Salary levels are, approximately 7 percent to 20 percent higher in the Northeast, about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South, and 5 percent to 25 percent higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 24% higher
Stamford, Conn. 30% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 15% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 25% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 25% higher
San Diego, Calif. 21% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 30% higher
San Jose, Calif. 27% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job Types
» Chief Technology Officer    » Applications Development: Developer/Programmer    » Business Systems Analyst    » Database Manager    » Senior Web Developer    » Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer    » Project Manager    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Project Manager

2008 Average Salary Range: $76,500 to $111,500

The 2008 salary range is an increase of 5 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $72,750 to $106,250.

Add 5 percent for C++ development skills, 10 percent for Java development skills, 5 percent for Visual Basic development skills, 12 percent for C# development skills, 5 percent for LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl) skill, 5 percent for AJAX development skills, 5 percent for Microsoft Sharepoint skills and 10 percent for Visual Basic .NET development skills.

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.

Salary levels are, approximately 7 percent to 20 percent higher in the Northeast, about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South, and 5 percent to 25 percent higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 24% higher
Stamford, Conn. 30% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 15% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 25% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 25% higher
San Diego, Calif. 21% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 30% higher
San Jose, Calif. 27% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job Types
» Chief Technology Officer    » Applications Development: Developer/Programmer    » Business Systems Analyst    » Database Manager    » Senior Web Developer    » Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer    » Project Manager    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Systems Security Administrator

2008 Average Salary Range: $73,500 to $103,500

The 2008 salary range is an increase of 4 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $70,500 to $99,750.

The 2006 salary range was an increase of 3.9 percent over this job's 2005 salary range, which was $67,500 to $92,750.

Add 12 percent for Cisco network administration skills, 10 percent for LINUX/UNIX administration skills and 10 percent for Check Point firewall administration skills.

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.

Salary levels are, approximately 7 percent to 20 percent higher in the Northeast, about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South, and 5 percent to 25 percent higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 24% higher
Stamford, Conn. 30% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 15% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 25% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 25% higher
San Diego, Calif. 21% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 30% higher
San Jose, Calif. 27% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job Types
» Chief Technology Officer    » Applications Development: Developer/Programmer    » Business Systems Analyst    » Database Manager    » Senior Web Developer    » Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer    » Project Manager    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Systems Security Administrator

2008 Average Salary Range: $73,500 to $103,500

The 2008 salary range is an increase of 4 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $70,500 to $99,750.

The 2006 salary range was an increase of 3.9 percent over this job's 2005 salary range, which was $67,500 to $92,750.

Add 12 percent for Cisco network administration skills, 10 percent for LINUX/UNIX administration skills and 10 percent for Check Point firewall administration skills.

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.

Salary levels are, approximately 7 percent to 20 percent higher in the Northeast, about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South, and 5 percent to 25 percent higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 24% higher
Stamford, Conn. 30% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 15% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 25% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 25% higher
San Diego, Calif. 21% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 30% higher
San Jose, Calif. 27% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job Types
» Chief Technology Officer    » Applications Development: Developer/Programmer    » Business Systems Analyst    » Database Manager    » Senior Web Developer    » Networking/Telecommunications: Network Engineer    » Project Manager    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

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