2009 average salary range: $69,750 $97,500.
The 2009 salary range is an increase of 4.0% over this jobs 2008 salary range, which was $67,250 $93,500.
The 2008 salary range was an increase of 3% over this jobs 2007 salary range, which was $65,750 $90,250.
The 2007 salary range was an increase of 3.3% over this jobs 2006 salary range, which was $61,250 $88,250.
Add a salary increase for the following skills: 12% for Cisco network administration; 10% for LINUX/UNIX administration; 10% for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) administration; and 8% 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% to 20% higher in the Northeast; about 5% higher in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 25% higher on the West coast.
IT salaries in large metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:
Boston, MA: 30% higher
Stamford, CT: 35% higher
New York, NY: 41% higher
Washington, DC: 30% higher
Philadelphia, PA: 15% higher
Atlanta, GA: 15% higher
Miami, FL: 13% higher
Chicago, IL: 23% higher
Dallas/Houston, TX: 5% higher
Irvine, CA: 22% higher
Los Angeles, CA: 24% higher
San Diego, CA: 17% higher
San Francisco, CA: 35% higher
San Jose, CA: 31% higher
Seattle, WA: 18% higher
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.