2009 IT Salary Guide

Monday Nov 24th 2008 by James Maguire
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The 2009 IT Salary Guide is here. See how your salary measures up against industry averages for many tech positions in the United States, broken down by specialty and region.

The 2009 IT Salary Guide indicates that average starting salaries will increase by 3.7 percent over 2008 levels. This modest boost — a step down from last year’s 5.3 percent increase — reflects the toll that today's gloomy economy is exacting on company revenues.

Still, it's heartening to note that IT unemployment remains relatively low, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Furthermore, the 2009 IT Salary Guide, published by Robert Half Technology, suggests demographic trends will create a healthy job market in the years ahead. These multi-year trends include declining numbers of college graduates prepared for the IT sector and a wave of vintage Baby Boomers eager to vacate the working world.

Indeed, a whopping 77 percent of the CIOs Robert Half interviewed revealed that it is equally as challenging — or even more so — to find skilled IT applicants than it was a year ago.

A number of industries are expected to hire IT professionals at a notable clip. These include healthcare, which is projected to create more jobs than any other industry between 2006 and 2016; education, a sector propelled by the burgeoning e-learning market; and (of course) high tech, which companies continue to look to for competitive advantage.

In most companies, skilled tech talent continues to be at a premium, particularly in areas like Java, SQL Server, SharePoint and .NET development. It's not unusual for these experts to receive multiple job offers. Enjoying a robust spike in interest is Web 2.0 development, as businesses move still more of their operations online.

A Robert Half survey of 1,400 CIOs reveals the following IT skills are in greatest demand:

  • Network administration (70 percent)
  • Windows administration (69 percent)
  • Desktop support (69 percent)
  • Database management (58 percent)
  • Wireless network management (47 percent)
  • Telecommunications support (44 percent)
  • Web development/Website design (42 percent)
  • Business intelligence/reporting services (33 percent)
  • Virtualization (32 percent)
  • .NET development (22 percent)
  • CRM implementation (22 percent)
  • ERP implementation (20 percent)
  • Linux/Unix administration (20 percent)
  • Java development (17 percent)
  • Open source development (17 percent)
  • XML development (17 percent)

IT Salaries by Specialty

Based on data from Robert Half Technology, the 2009 IT Salary Guide lists salaries for a broad range of IT professionals, from software developer to systems administrator to help desk manager. The Guide also provides data about pay levels for regions across the United States, and suggests salary incentives for related tech skills (such as C++, Oracle database, Cisco network, or Visual Basic skills).

The IT Salary Guide also lists salary levels going back (in some cases) to 2006, which allows IT staffers to compare rate of pay increases for various job titles.

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » Systems Security Administrator    » Help Desk Manager

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Chief Technology Officer

2009 Average Salary Range: $110,250 – $173,250

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 4 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $107,250 to $165,250.

The 2008 salary range was an increase of 5.2 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $101,000 to $157,750.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Information Technology Manager

2009 Average Salary Range: $88,750 – $126,500

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 3.1 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $86,750 to $122,000.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Developer/Programmer Analyst

2009 Average Salary Range: $60,000 to $100,750

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 4.2 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $57,500 to $96,750.

The 2008 salary range was 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 salary increases for the following skills: 7 percent for AJAX development; 10 percent for C# development; 5 percent for C++ development; 10 percent for Java development; 7 percent for LAMP; 10 percent for Microsoft SharePoint; 8 percent for .NET development; 10 percent for PHP; and 5 percent for Visual Basic.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Lead Applications Developer

2009 Average Salary Range: $83,250 – $113,000.

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 4.2 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $80,250 to $108,000.

Add salary increases for the following skills: 7 percent for AJAX development; 10 percent for C# development; 5 percent for C++ development; 10 percent for Java development; 7 percent for LAMP; 10 percent for Microsoft SharePoint; 8 percent for .NET development; 10 percent for PHP; and 5 percent for Visual Basic.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Software Engineer

2009 Average Salary Range: $72,000 to $108,250

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 3.7 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $69,250 to $104,500.

Add salary increases for the following skills: 5 percent for Active Server Page development; 10 percent for C# development; 5 percent for C++ development; 8 percent for DCOM/COM/ActiveX development; 10 percent for Java development; 8 percent for .NET development; 10 percent for PHP; 5 percent for Visual Basic; and 7 percent for WebServices development.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Systems Administrator

2009 Average Salary Range: $52,750 to $82,500

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 3.6 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $51,750 to $78,750.

Add a salary increase for the following skills: 12 percent for Cisco Network administration; 10 percent for Linux/Unix administration; 8 percent for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/XP/Vista.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Database Manager

2009 Average Salary Range: $91,500 to $126,500

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 3.1 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $88,750 to $122,750.

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

The 2007 salary range was an increase of 2.6 percent over this job's 2006 salary range, which was $81,250 to $110,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills: 5 percent for IBM DB2 database; 12 percent for Microsoft SQL Server; 10 percent for Oracle database; 10 percent for SAP database.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Web Developer

2009 Average Salary Range: $60,000 to $89,750

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 4.4 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $57,250 to $86,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills: 5 percent for Active Server Page development; 7 percent AJAX development; 10 percent for C# development; 5 percent for Cold Fusion development; 8 percent for DCOM/COM/ActiveX development; 10 percent for Java development; 10 percent for Java Enterprise Edition development; 7 percent for LAMP development; 10 percent for Microsoft SharePoint; 8 percent for .NET development; 10 percent for PHP development; 7 percent for virtualization; 7 percent for WebServices development.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Network Engineer

2009 Average Salary Range: $69,750 to $97,500

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 4.0 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $67,250 to $93,500.

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

The 2007 salary range was an increase of 3.3 percent over this job's 2006 salary range, which was $61,250 to $88,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills: 12 percent for Cisco network administration; 10 percent for Linux/Unix administration; 10 percent for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) administration; and 8 percent for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista administration.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Project Manager/Senior Consultant

2009 Average Salary Range: $78,250 to $115,500

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 3.1 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $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 a salary increase for the following skills: 7 percent for AJAX development; 10 percent for C# development; 5 percent for C++ development; 10 percent for Java development; 7 percent for LAMP; 10 percent for Microsoft SharePoint; 8 percent for .NET development; 10 percent for PHP; and 5 percent for Visual Basic.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Systems Security Administrator

2009 Average Salary Range: $78,000 to $108,000

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 5.1 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $73,500 to $103,500.

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

The 2007 salary range was an increase of 3.9 percent over this job's 2006 salary range, which was $67,500 to $92,750.

Add a salary increase for the following skills: 10 percent for CheckPoint Firewall administration; 12 percent Cisco network administration skills; and 10 percent for Linux/Unix administration.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

Job Title: Help Desk Manager

2009 Average Salary Range: $68,000 to $94,750

The 2009 salary range is an increase of 3.5 percent over this job's 2008 salary range, which was $65,250 to $92,000.

The 2008 salary range was an increase of 4.3 percent over this job's 2007 salary range, which was $62,500 to $88,250.

The 2007 salary range was an increase of 2.8 percent over this job's 2006 salary range, which was $59,000 to $85,500.

Add a salary increase for the following skills: 12 percent Cisco network administration; 10 percent for Linux/Unix administration; and 8 percent for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/XP/Vista.

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 5 percent higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5 percent to 25 percent to higher on the West coast.

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

City
Deviation
Boston, Mass. 30% higher
Stamford, Conn. 35% higher
New York, N.Y. 41% higher
Washington, D.C. 30% higher
Philadelphia, Penn. 15% higher
Atlanta, Ga. 15% higher
Miami, Fla. 13% higher
Chicago, Ill. 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, Texas 5% higher
Irvine, Calif. 22% higher
Los Angeles, Calif. 24% higher
San Diego, Calif. 17% higher
San Francisco, Calif. 35% higher
San Jose, Calif. 31% higher
Seattle, Wash. 18% higher

Job List:   Chief Technology Officer    » Information Technology Manager    » Developer/Programmer Analyst    » Lead Applications Developer    » Software Engineer    » Systems Administrator    » Database Manager    » Web Developer    » Network Engineer    » Project Manager/Senior Consultant    » 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 United States and Canada, click here.

This article was originally published on Datamation.

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