2006 average salary range: $57,250 $90,250.
The 2006 salary range is an increase of 3.0% over this jobs 2005 salary range, which was $55,000 $88,250.
Add 5% for C++ development skills, 7% for Java development skills, 7% for XML/Web services development skills, 5% for Active Server Page development skills, 5% for Visual Basic development skills, 10% for DCOM/COM/ActiveX development skills, 10% for C++ development skills, and 10% for Visual Basic .NET development skills.
Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.
IT salary levels are approximately 7% to 20% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest and South; and 5% to 25% higher on the West coast.
IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For example, in following cities they are:
Boston, MA: 24% higher
Stamford, CT: 21% higher
New York, NY: 50% higher
Washington, DC: 26% higher
Philadelphia, PA: 15% higher
Atlanta, GA: 12% higher
Miami, FL: 14% higher
Chicago, IL: 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, TX: 6% higher
Irvine, CA: 25% higher
Los Angeles, CA: 25% higher
San Diego, CA: 15% higher
San Francisco, CA: 30% higher
San Jose, CA: 26% higher
Seattle, WA: 15% higher
Also see: Top Five Fastest Growing IT Jobs
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.