Rising Wages

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Rising Wages

According to Dice, the average salary for a tech professional increased from $79,384 in 2010 to $81,327 in 2011.

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Bonus Round

About 32 percent of tech professionals in 2011 received some sort of bonus, up from 29 percent in 2010 and 24 percent in 2009.

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Jackpot Industries

The industry verticals most likely to pay out bonuses to their workers included telecom, hardware, banking, software and utilities/energy.

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley topped Dices list of top tech salaries, with an average annual wage of $104,195. In addition, some 38 percent of tech professionals there received an average bonus of $12,450.

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Wage Growth

Tech professionals in some other cities enjoyed exemplary salary growth. Top of the list was Austin, Texas, where pay jumped to an average of $89,419.

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Boom Towns

Other towns with significant wage increases for tech professionals included Portland, Ore., with 12 percent, Houston with 7 percent, and Washington, D.C., with 6 percent.

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Significant Cities

Further down the list, Chicago and Seattle saw a 5 percent rise in tech salaries, followed by Denver and Dallas/Ft. Worth with 4 percent, and-at 3 percent-New York, Los Angeles and Raleigh, N.C.

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Wage Discrepancy

The survey found that those tech professionals with 11 or more years of experience saw their salaries increase, even as pay for entry-level positions trended downward.

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High-Paying Gigs

Those working with WebSphere saw an average year-over-year salary growth of 7 percent, to $100,348. Jobs using UML (Unified Modeling Language), SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) and ETL (Extract Transform and Load) enjoyed 6 percent gains, for average annual salaries of more than $100,000.

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Enterprise Java

In addition to WebSphere, JBoss and WebLogic skills also translated into significant wage gains and big salaries (also over the $100,000 mark, on average).

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