Wireless strategy, while much discussed in technology and business publications, is still hardly a blip on the radar screen for most IT leaders. Not surprisingly, the employers who are posting jobs for wireless engineers are largely concentrated in Silicon Valley, the notorious early adopter among metro areas.
The high tech haven south of San Francisco Bay accounts for the majority of current job openings for wireless engineers, with 53% of the overall demand for this type of professional, according to dice.com, EarthWeb’s online job board for IT professionals. San Francisco and San Diego are the nearest contenders for the most wireless jobs, each with 6% of the pie.
Wireless engineers make an average salary of $91,000 per year, and an average contract rate of $106 per hour, according to dice.com. Top salaries hover at around $150,000 per year, and low-end salaries come in at $40,000 to $50,000. Those are very high wages, even for IT.
Averages are based on 158 listings on dice.com, with cities bearing fewer than 10 listings excluded from mention. Data came from available jobs listed during September 2000. Results are based on averages or totals from the following information: salary, job type, job skills, and location.
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Wireless engineers: distribution of jobs by city
Chart data compiled by Laurie Souza.