2010 average salary range: $81,500 $112,000.
The 2010 salary range is a 1.4% decrease under this jobs 2009 range, which was $83,250 $113,000.
The 2009 salary range is an increase of 4.2% over this jobs 2008 salary range, which was $80,250 $108,000.
Add a salary increase for the following skills:
Add 6% for AJAX development skills (down from 7% in 2009); 8% for C# development skills (down from 10% in 2009); 5% for C++ development skills (no change from 2009); 7% for Java development skills (down from 10% in 2009); 6% for LAMP skills (down from 7% in 2009); 10% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (no change from 2010); 7% for .NET development skills (down from 8% in 2009); 8% for PHP development skills (down from 10% in 2009); and 4% for Visual Basic skills (down from 5% in 2009).
Plus, add a salary increase for the following skills, which are additions to the list for 2010: 8% for Business Object skills; 7% for Hyperion skills; 7% for Java EE/J2EE development skills; 8% for SAP development skills.
Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your area of the country.
Salary levels are approximately 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% 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: 30% higher
Stamford: 31% higher
New York, NY: 41% higher
Washington, DC: 30% higher
Philadelphia: 15% higher
Atlanta: 15% higher
Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 10% higher
Chicago: 23% higher
Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher
Irvine: 24% higher
Los Angeles: 24% higher
San Diego: 14% higher
San Francisco: 35% higher
San Jose: 32% higher
Seattle: 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.