The Payscale web site allows you to answer these questions in ways that early job data sources didnt. In a new twist, the sites information comes directly from workers, not from employers, headhunters or large job banks. Seattle-based Payscale has a hefty database of pay data from workers who have entered their salary level at the site.
However, some observers might look at Payscales data and ask: is it accurate? After all, online surveys filled out anonymously are notoriously unreliable.
But Payscale has an answer. Dr. Al Lee, Payscales director of quantitative analysis, points out that users come to the site to see how their salary compares with similar workers. So theres no incentive for users to falsely inflate their income the comparison data would be worthless. Additionally, the site uses filtering software to eliminate obviously wrong data.
Moreover, he says, since the sites mountain of data from IT workers is enormous, it has a framework that enables it to edit out erroneous entries.
The tech space is one of our best spaces in terms of the fraction of workers who come to our site, he tells Datamation. He estimates that as much as 2-3% of all tech workers have entered salary data in Payscale. While that percentage sounds high, its true that Payscales figures fall roughly in line with other IT salary data that Datamation has gathered, for example these figures and these figures.
Median IT Salaries
Here are some national median salaries listed by Payscale:
(All figures represent base salary plus annual bonus, without equity or stocks.)
Senior Software Developer = $85,256
Software Architect = $121,686
Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) = $74,636
Database Administrator (DBA) =$79,821
Data Warehouse Manager = $82,082
Information Technology Manager = $102,059
Software Development Manager = $123,880
Information Technology Director = $127,444
Information Technology Architect = $114,639
Systems Engineer (Computer Networking / IT) = $82,632
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