The 2009 IT Salary Guide

The IT Salary Guide lists salaries for many tech positions, including pay levels for various U.S. regions. Plus: salary incentives for specialty IT skill sets.
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Also see: 2010 IT Salary Guide

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

The 2009 IT Salary Guide indicates that average starting salaries will increase by 3.7 percent over 2008 levels. This modest boost – a step down from last year’s 5.3 percent increase – reflects the toll that today’s gloomy economy is exacting on company revenues.

Still, it’s heartening to note that IT unemployment remains relatively low, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Furthermore, the 2009 IT Salary Guide, published by Robert Half Technology, suggests that demographic trends will create a healthy job market in the years ahead. These multi-year trends include declining numbers of college graduates who are prepared for the IT sector and a wave of vintage Baby Boomers eager to vacate the working world.

Indeed, a whopping 77 percent of the CIOs interviewed by Robert Half revealed that it is equally as challenging – or even more so – to find skilled IT applicants than it was a year ago. (But wouldn’t boosting the average salary by more than 3.7 percent solve that?)

A number of industries are expected to hire IT professionals at a notable clip. These include healthcare, which is projected to create more jobs than any other industry between 2006 and 2016; education, a sector propelled by the burgeoning e-learning market; and (of course) high tech, which companies continue to look to for competitive advantage.

In most companies, skilled tech talent continues to be at a premium, particularly in areas like Java, SQL Server, SharePoint and .NET development. It’s not unusual for these experts to receive multiple job offers. Enjoying a robust spike in interest is Web 2.0 development, as businesses move still more of their operations online.

A Robert Half survey of 1,400 CIOs reveals that the following IT skills are in greatest demand: Network administration (70%), Windows administration (69%), Desktop support (69%), Database management (58%), Wireless network management (47%), Telecommunications support (44%), Web development/Website design (42%), Business intelligence/reporting services (33%), Virtualization (32%), .NET development (22%), CRM implementation (22%), ERP implementation (20%), Linux/Unix administration (20%), Java development (17%), Open source development (17%), and XML development (17%).

IT Salaries by Specialty

Based on data from Robert Half Technology, the 2009 IT Salary Guide lists IT salaries for a broad range of professionals, from software developer to systems administrator to help desk manager. The Guide also provides data about pay levels for regions across the U.S., and suggests the salary incentives for related tech skills (such as C++, Oracle database, Cisco network, or Visual Basic skills).

The IT Salary Guide also lists salary levels going back (in some cases) to 2006, which allows IT staffers to compare rate of pay increases for various job titles.

To view the average salaries for today’s tech jobs, GO TO 2009 IT SALARY GUIDE.


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