10 Tips for a Higher IT Salary

Posted September 19, 2016 By  Cynthia Harvey

For many years, the demand for IT professionals has far outpaced the supply, leading to a rapid rise in average salaries. According to Dice.com, technology salaries in the U.S. saw the biggest increase ever in 2015, climbing 7.7 percent to an average of $96,370 per year. By comparison, back in 2006, the average annual salary for IT workers was just $73,308.

And salary is only part of the story. In 2015, 37 percent of IT staffers received a bonus, and the average payout was $10,194.

But not every IT pro is bringing home nearly six figures. Salaries and bonuses can vary widely depending on your experience level, location, industry, job title and skill set. Plenty of IT workers find themselves earning less than they would like, particularly when they keep reading reports about how much demand exists for top IT talent.

Fortunately, if you think you are underpaid, experts say there are steps you can take that are likely to increase your annual salary. Some of them will require you to look for a new job, but others may help you increase your earnings with your current employer. In this slideshow, we'll look at ten things IT workers can do to bring home more money.

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