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IT Salaries, 2003-2008

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

Job Title: Manager, Systems and Programming
2003

$111,204

2004

$111,647

2005

$107,985

2006

$104,498

2007

$103,157

2008

$103,827

Job Title: Data Center Administrator
2003

$71,284

2004

$72,410

2005

$60,702

2006

$61,502

2007

$61,342

2008

$62,582

Job Title: Personal Computer Specialist
2003

$47,351

2004

$49,837

2005

$47,812

2006

$50,000

2007

$49,212

2008

$49,299

Job Title: Disaster Recovery Coordinator
2003

$62,927

2004

$67,237

2005

$66,580

2006

$68,213

2007

$69,755

2008

$71,900

Job Title: Data Security Adminstrator
2003

$61,911

2004

$67,283

2005

$64,440

2006

$70,362

2007

$73,539

2008

$69,200

Continued: More IT Salary Figures, 2003-2008

Data courtesy of Janco Associates.

Job Title: Manager, Computer Operations
2003

$90,102

2004

$85,318

2005

$85,479

2006

$84,102

2007

$94,540

2008

$91,113

Job Title: Manager, Network Services
2003

$95,806

2004

$90,286

2005

$94,375

2006

$92,123

2007

$86,797

2008

$85,140

Job Title: Database Manager
2003

$86,492

2004

$90,615

2005

$89,030

2006

$90,128

2007

$92,980

2008

$90,205

Job Title: Manager, Customer Service
2003

$72,717

2004

$74,704

2005

$67,251

2006

$67,999

2007

$70,625

2008

$71,241

Job Title: Webmaster
2003

$62,641

2004

$67,752

2005

$67,183

2006

$65,058

2007

$64,024

2008

$63,530

Continued: More IT Salary Figures, 2003-2008

Data courtesy of Janco Associates.

Job Title: Technical Services Specialist
2003

$50,715

2004

$55,654

2005

$54,140

2006

$53,920

2007

$57,352

2008

$58,273

Job Title: Senior Network Specialist
2003

$94,357

2004

$91,557

2005

$86,610

2006

$85,804

2007

$88,689

2008

$89,672

Job Title: Network Control Analyst
2003

$87,730

2004

$80,664

2005

$73,737

2006

$74,141

2007

$73,990

2008

$75,973

Job Title: Internet Developer
2003

$72,062

2004

$73,629

2005

$81,031

2006

$81,141

2007

$76,294

2008

$75,861

Job Title: E-commerce Specialist
2003

$77,886

2004

$81,528

2005

$80,894

2006

$82,396

2007

$82,720

2008

$82,765

Continued: More IT Salary Figures, 2003-2008

Data courtesy of Janco Associates.

Job Title: Network Technician
2003

$57,479

2004

$57,966

2005

$56,019

2006

$54,346

2007

$55,318

2008

$55,743

Job Title: Hardware Installations Coordinator
2003

$54,799

2004

$56,875

2005

$52,433

2006

$51,754

2007

$51,898

2008

$51,898

Job Title: Web Analyst
2003

$65,441

2004

$62,915

2005

$59,512

2006

$60,712

2007

$60,712

2008

$60,189

Job Title: Manager, Internet Systems
2003

$77,882

2004

$77,753

2005

$84,677

2006

$87,626

2007

$93,522

2008

$89,788

Job Title: Manager, Training and Documentation
2003

$79,121

2004

$85,400

2005

$78,837

2006

$76,980

2007

$78,150

2008

$78,329

Continued: More IT Salary Figures, 2003-2008

Data courtesy of Janco Associates.

Job Title: LAN Applications Support Analyst
2003

$50,339

2004

$52,490

2005

$54,428

2006

$59,013

2007

$60,358

2008

$59,205

Job Title: IS Planning Analyst
2003

$84,037

2004

$80,311

2005

$75,815

2006

$78,953

2007

$79,244

2008

$79,171

Job Title: Manager, Voice and Data Comm.
2003

$77,416

2004

$82,699

2005

$85,437

2006

$91,086

2007

$99,299

2008

$93,169

Job Title: Project Manager – Applications
2003

$96,096

2004

$97,511

2005

$100,122

2006

$100,016

2007

$100,347

2008

$100,579

Job Title: Project Manager – Systems
2003

$85,049

2004

$90,685

2005

$95,113

2006

$93,295

2007

$91,424

2008

$91,769

Continued: More IT Salary Figures, 2003-2008

Data courtesy of Janco Associates.

These figures list IT salaries for both large and medium-sized companies. You’ll notice that, in general, large companies pay more (large firms tend to have larger IT functions). But there are plenty of exceptions to this. Some of the data comes from privately held companies, which in some cases are willing to pay a handsome premium for key personnel.

Job Title: Chief Information Officer, CIO:

Company Size:     Large         Medium    
2003 $168,788 $165,792
2004 $167,508

$176,357

2005 $169,601

$171,791

2006 $169,324

$172,351

2007 $174,979 $169,504
2008 $181,240

$171,200

Job Title: Director, Production/Data Center:

Company Size:     Large         Medium    
2003 $120,012 $109,106
2004 $122,791

$115,901

2005 $126,571

$115,976

2006 $126,852

$111,810

2007 $158,466 $111,337
2008 $131,148

$112,341

Job Title: VP, Consulting Services:

Company Size:     Large         Medium    
2003 $136,171 $127,520
2004 $138,117

$132,018

2005 $139,462

$135,338

2006 $145,176

$135,888

2007 $140,809 $142,974
2008 $138,946

$144,927

Job Title: VP, Information Services:

Company Size:     Large         Medium    
2003 $113, 901 $108,682
2004 $116,437

$108,389

2005 $134,227

$108,173

2006 $134,584

$106,746

2007 $144,928 $111,576
2008 $143,276

$116,383

Data courtesy of Janco Associates.

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