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Survey Finds IT Salaries Have Returned to Pre-Recession Levels

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A new survey conducted by Janco Associates and finds that IT salaries have climbed 1.98 percent in the last year. Many IT workers make roughly what they did in 2008, before the recession began.

Nathan Eddy with eWeek reported, “Hiring and salaries have improved for IT positions in most North American metropolitan areas, according to the 2013 Salary Survey released by Janco Associates and, with salaries up 1.98 percent for IT pros in the past 12 months, led by pay for chief information officers (CIOs). Between January 2012 and January 2013 the total mean compensation for all IT professionals increased to $79,312 from $77,773, which puts the overall compensation back at the levels in 2007 and 2008.”

CIO’s Rich Hein added, “Mid-size companies have seen the most growth in the salary department up 2.39 percent, while larger enterprises lag behind up only 1.61 percent. IT pros in all size companies on average gained around $1,500 annually up from $77,773 to $79,312. According to Janco’s data, urban/metropolitan areas across North America have seen the most improvements in salaries for IT professionals.”

ZDNet’s Charlie Osborne noted, “Chief Information Officers seem to have fared best when it comes down to the pay packet, as the mean base compensation and bonuses are higher for CIOs now than in 2012. The survey says that the average paycheck has increased by over six percent for larger firms and is now $182, 210, whereas mid-size company CIOs have seen a modest increase of 1.6 percent and now take home an average of $165,820. In addition, the average time a CIO keeps hold of their job has increased from 4 years and 2 months to 4 years and 3 months, which is one of the reasons why CIOs have seen a salary increase.”

IT Jungle’s Jenny Thomas observed, “The positions reported to be in highest demand as we head into 2013 are all associated with quality control, records management, and data center operations management. Respondents also indicated that outsourcing has peaked and more companies are looking to bring IT operations back into their direct control. Also, a number of enterprises are moving help desks and data center operations in-house, which has resulted in an increase demand for data center managers.”

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