IT Salaries, 2003-2008

This list of IT salaries for every year from 2003 to 2008 reveals that tech salaries are affected by a wide array of factors. IT salaries for programmers, analysts, managers, and many others.
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Update: See the 2009 IT Salary Guide

Also see: IT Salary Survey, January 2009 (gives comparative numbers between '08 and '09.)

Below, you’ll see salary figures for many IT positions, tracking pay changes for each year from 2003 to 2008.

The salary figures cover a wide range of IT jobs. On this page you’ll see Programmers and Software Engineers, while on later pages you’ll see salary figures for PC Specialists, Database Managers, Network Specialists, Web analysts, LAN experts, CIOs, and several other positions.

Notice that many of these salaries don’t move steadily upward; instead they tend to bounce up and down over a multi-year period. If you’ve been in the IT job market, it’s likely you won’t be surprised by this. As the tech world changes – always quickly – the market value of tech skills also changes. Anything from outsourcing to the overall economy affects the yearly pay range of a given IT position.

IT continues to be one of the better-paid career choices, but IT staffers must deal with constant upheaval. Companies start-up, merge, downsize and shift focus with unsettling regularity. The old-fashioned concept of a staffer staying with a single firm for 35 years, retiring with a gold watch and a handshake, is merely quaint. This lack of stability is reflected in the gyrations you'll see in these salary figures – in contrast to the traditional steady raise some workers might have expected.

This data is courtesy of Janco Associates, a consulting firm specializing in developing IT infrastructure. The company is often involved with staffing issues, hence its expertise in IT salaries. Additionally, the firm's CEO, Victor Janulaitis, developed the disaster recovery facility in New Jersey for Merrill Lynch that the financial company used on 9/11; his template for disaster recovery facilities is used by many large companies. Janco is based on Park City, Utah. The firm publishes a full list of IT salaries.

Note: these IT salary numbers, which come from both employers and employees, are median figures. That is, they represent the middle of the pay scale.

Job Title: Systems Programmer
2003 $83,588
2004 $84,915
2005 $81,308
2006 $81,678
2007 $79,770
2008 $78,685

Job Title: Programmer/Analyst
2003 $69,445
2004 $72,145
2005 $74,876
2006 $74,772
2007 $74.019
2008 $73,779

Job Title: Software Engineer
2003 $87,838
2004 $90,887
2005 $89,220
2006 $86,869
2007 $85,355
2008 $84,967

Job Title: Object Visual Programmer
2003 $76,377
2004 $81,549
2005 $80,969
2006 $75,347
2007 $77,854
2008 $76,370

Continued: More IT Salary Figures, 2003-2008

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