2010 average salary range: $51,250 $80,250.
The 2010 salary range is a 2.8% decrease under this jobs 2009 salary range, which was $52,750 $82,500.
The 2009 salary range is an increase of 3.6% over this jobs 2008 salary range, which was $51,750 $78,750.
Add a salary increase for the following skills: 9% for Cisco Network administration skills (down from 12% in 2009); 8% for Linux/Unix administration skills (down from 10% in 2009); 6% for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/XP/Vista skills (down from 8% in 2009).
Plus, add a salary increase for the following skills, which are additions to the list for 2010: add 7% for Basis administration skills; 7% for Windows Server 2008 skills; 7% for virtualization 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.