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IT Manager Salary

By James Maguire
April 29, 2010

IT manager salary levels have suffered in this economic downturn just like salaries for many other positions. Most IT managers’ salaries have been flat to modestly down, as shown by the IT salary data below.

Okay, that’s the bad news. The good news is that IT manager salary levels continue to be healthy. Upper five figures for the average IT manager salaries shown here, trending toward (or exceeding) six figures given bonuses and higher wages in areas like Silicon Valley and New York.

Okay, you might argue that an IT manager living in those areas needs a higher salary just to stay even – good point. You might also argue that, since IT managers shoulder so much stress-inducing responsibilities, they, again, need a higher salary to compensate. Again, good point.

At any rate, realize the IT manager salary numbers listed below are national averages for large companies. They may vary significantly based on an IT manager’s specialty, experience, industry and general level of luck.

Two sources of IT manager salary data: Salary data in this first list is courtesy of Janco, Inc. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see IT manager salary data from Robert Half Technology.

Data courtesy Janco:

IT Manager - Database

2009:

Base salary: $95,429

Total compensation: $98,683

2010:

Base salary: $95,244

Total compensation: $98,552

% Change: -0.13%

IT Manager - Data Warehouse

2009:

Base salary: $88,345

Total compensation: $93,836

2010:

Base salary: $88,678

Total compensation: $93,965

% Change: 0.14%

Project Manager - Distributed Systems

2009:

Base salary: $95,658

Total compensation: $106,752

2010:

Base salary: $96,161

Total compensation: $106,759

% Change: 0.01%

IT Manager - Network Services

2009:

Base salary: $82,266

Total compensation: $86,914

2010:

Base salary: $82,724

Total compensation: $87,397

% Change: 0.56%

IT Manager - Quality Control

2009:

Base salary: $72,195

Total compensation: $76,630

2010:

Base salary: $72,217

Total compensation: $76,065

% Change: -0.74%

IT Manager - Systems and Programming

2009:

Base salary: $97,995

Total compensation: $101,817

2010:

Base salary: $97,710

Total compensation: $101,679

% Change: -0.14%

IT Manager - Training and Documentation

2009:

Base salary: $73,039

Total compensation: $77,562

2010:

Base salary: $72,705

Total compensation: $101,940

% Change: -0.69%

Project Manager - Network Technical Services

2009:

Base salary: $89,258

Total compensation: $93,078

2010:

Base salary: $89,473

Total compensation: $93,210

% Change: 0.14%

IT Manager - Application Development

2009:

Base salary: $78,426

Total compensation: $79,169

2010:

Base salary: $77,928

Total compensation: $78,757

% Change: -0.52%

IT Manager - Voice and Data Communications

2009:

Base salary: $91,704

Total compensation: $97,789

2010:

Base salary: $91,374

Total compensation: $97,362

% Change: -0.44%

Project Manager - Applications

2009:

Base salary: $94,472

Total compensation: $103,108

2010:

Base salary: $94,852

Total compensation: $104,129

% Change: 0.99%

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IT Manager - Computer Operations

2009:

Base salary: $84,472

Total compensation: $90,833

2010:

Base salary: $84,317

Total compensation: $90,559

% Change: -0.30%

IT Manager - Production Support

2009:

Base salary: $73,157

Total compensation: $75,968

2010:

Base salary: $75,906

Total compensation: $79,885

% Change: 5.16%

IT Manager - Security and Workstations

2009:

Base salary: $89,314

Total compensation: $93,547

2010:

Base salary: $87,779

Total compensation: $91,894

% Change: -1.77%

IT Manager - Internet Systems

2009:

Base salary: $82,923

Total compensation: $84,940

2010:

Base salary: $82,966

Total compensation: $85,006

% Change: 0.08%

IT Manager - Technical Services

2009:

Base salary: $96,015

Total compensation: $102,425

2010:

Base salary: $95,584

Total compensation: $101,940

% Change: -0.47%

IT Manager - Operating Systems Production

2009:

Base salary: $84,500

Total compensation: $87,796

2010:

Base salary: $88,940

Total compensation: $93,413

% Change: 6.40%

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half:

Job Title: Information Technology Manager

2010 average salary range: $85,750 – $124,250.

The 2010 salary range is a decrease of 2.4% under this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $88,750 – $126,500.

• The 2009 salary range is an increase of 3.1% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $86,750 – $122,000.

Also see: List of 2010 IT salary levels

Note: Since these IT salary levels 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