High Demand for IT Professionals Keeps Driving Salaries Skyward

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-04-08
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    High Demand for IT Professionals Keeps Driving Salaries Skyward

    Salaries for tech jobs are on the rise, with some seeing an annual bump of 7 percent or more. Tech pros with cloud experience can command top dollar.
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    Senior IT Managers Draw the Highest Salaries
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    Senior IT Managers Draw the Highest Salaries

    Being an executive pays off. According to Mondo's data, CIOs and CTOs make between $182,000 and $268,000 per year. That's up 7 percent from last year. In addition, chief data officers and chief security officers are making more than $200,000 on the high end, though their salary jump is 5 percent.
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    Developer Jobs Are On the Rise
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    Developer Jobs Are On the Rise

    Mondo's data shows that everyone from mobile developers to e-commerce developers have watched their salaries rise in the past year. Ruby On Rails and UX/UI developers have seen the biggest bump—7 percent—but even so-called "front-end developers" had a 3 percent jump in salary to a high of $150,000.
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    Employers Pay High Salaries for Scarce Security Specialists
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    Employers Pay High Salaries for Scarce Security Specialists

    Companies will dole out bundles of cash for IT security specialists. The typical information security analyst makes between $107,000 and $147,000. In addition, network security engineers are now making a high of $151,000, up 3 percent from last year. In the security field, though, there's no beating IT security managers, who are making between $134,000 and $173,000.
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    There's High Demand for Cloud Computing Specialists
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    There's High Demand for Cloud Computing Specialists

    Specializing in cloud computing technology is another good idea. Salaries are up 5 percent year-over-year for both cloud engineers and data scientists. Cloud engineers are now making between $113,000 and $149,000, and data scientists are topping out at $130,000. A cloud integration specialist can expect to make between $94,000 and $113,000.
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    Business Analysts Still Doing Well
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    Business Analysts Still Doing Well

    Business analysts haven't been left behind. While they typically don't make as much as some other tech pros, their salaries have jumped 4 percent in the last year to a high of $125,000. In addition, project management office directors are now making a high of $186,000. Technology brokers are toward the bottom of the salary rung, making between $68,000 and $79,000 per year.
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    Android, iOS Developer Salaries Remain Strong
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    Android, iOS Developer Salaries Remain Strong

    Android and iOS developers shouldn't expect a difference in salary. In fact, Mondo found that Android developers make between $138,000 and $182,000 per year. Apple's iOS developers make a low of $139,000 and a high of $182,000 a year.
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    Microsoft and Amazon Are Leading the Cloud
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    Microsoft and Amazon Are Leading the Cloud

    As noted, being a cloud developer is a good career move. But there are places where cloud positions are more profitable than others. For instance, the average Microsoft 365 engineer can make up to $123,000. Amazon Web Services developers, meanwhile, can make $161,000. It's good to know your stuff about Office 365 and Amazon Web Services.
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    Some Applications Are More Valuable Than Others
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    Some Applications Are More Valuable Than Others

    Deciding which business applications to develop for is a critical maneuver. For instance, those who know Oracle application development or are SAP developers, tend to make more than those who work on Salesforce or PeopleSoft. But that hasn't prevented the salaries of PeopleSoft developers from increasing by 6 percent in the past year, more than any other app developer.
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    There's Less Love for Help Desk Professionals
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    There's Less Love for Help Desk Professionals

    Unfortunately, the help desk just doesn't get much love. According to the Mondo data, help desk professionals at levels one through three haven't seen an increase in salary over the last year, and make at most, $75,000. Help desk managers have also witnessed no gain in salary in the last year, but they're making between $79,000 and $130,000.
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    User Experience Matters
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    User Experience Matters

    Don't forget about the value of user experience. Over the last year, salaries for user interface developers have risen 7 percent, and now range between $119,000 and $184,000. So, having some design skills in addition to development skills could go a long way in helping you earn six figures.
 

It's a good time to work in the technology industry. That's the key takeaway from a new study from Mondo, a professional services organization that analyzed more than 3,000 job placements in the United States over the last year. The company found that, in general, salaries for technology jobs are on the rise, with some professions seeing an annual bump of 7 percent or more. In addition, the Mondo study shows that CIOs and CTOs continue to command six-figure salaries while chief security officers are in high demand. Those considering jumping into the technology field might also consider learning about cloud computing technology. Mondo said that business demand for cloud professionals "has exploded," yet there is a dearth of qualified professionals. That has resulted in companies paying top dollar just to find folks who can work in the cloud. In the following slides, eWEEK digs much deeper into the Mondo report and provide some insight into the salaries IT professionals across the United States can now expect to earn.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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