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Good News: IT Salaries are on the Rise!

Great news about IT Salaries -- they are on the rise! At twice the rate of inflation.

IT Salaries to Rise Twice as Fast as Inflation by Deborah Perelman

The biggest increases will go to lead application developers and application architects, a Robert Half Technology report says.

CIOs looking to hire skilled IT professionals will pay, on average, 5.3 percent more in 2008 than they did this year, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology's 2008 IT Salary Guide. As a comparison, the Consumer Price Index rose 2.8 percent this past year.

Click here for a free copy of the Robert Half Technology 2008 Salary Guide.

The biggest increases will go to lead application developers,who manage softeare development teams and projects, with base compensation expected to rise 7.6 percent to between $80,250 and $108,000 annually. Application architects, also in demand, will average a 7.5 percent increase, with starting salaries ranging from $87,250 to $120,000.

Other skills seeing salary increases of 7 percent or higher include Web development, network management or database administration.

"This was not really a surprise," says Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing firm. "The strong increases are still in the application development space, especially for individuals that have those Web 2.0 skill sets. Those who can architect and develop Web spaces had the highest increases that we saw, even 7.5 percent in some titles."

Robert Half Technology's 2008 IT Salary Guide is based on analysis of the job placements managed by the company's U.S. offices. The analysis found that nearly 15 percent of firms said that they intended to increase their IT staff in 2008.

The company pegged wireless communication as one of the top areas driving IT hiring in U.S. companies, as developers create more and more tools for mobile devices that IT departments are increasingly responsible for supporting. Lee calls this the "gadget factor."

"With everyone's devices communicating with everyone else's devices, there is a need for people who are like the air traffic controllers of the IT department," Lee says.

Industries foreseeing strong demand for IT pros next year include financial services, healthcare and commercial construction, the report says.

Application Development
Manager, 6.1%, $86,250 to $117,750
Project Manager, 5.0%, $76,500 to $111,500
Systems Analyst, 3.5%, $66,000 to $90,250
Applications Architect, 7.5%, $87,250 to $120,000
Business Systems Analyst, 5.6%, $64,250 to $91,750
Developer/Programmer Analsyt, 6.0%, $57,500 to $96,750
Lead Applications Developer, 7.6%, $80,250 to $108,000
Technical Writer, 5.3%, $48,250 to $72,000
Source: Robert Half Technology 2008 Salary Guide
Bonus Pay for Application Development
For the following development skills, add
5% for C++
10% for Java
5% for Visual Basic
12% for C#, 5% for LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Perl)
5% for AJAX (Asynchronous Java and XML)
5% for Microsoft SharePoint
10% for Visual Basic .Net.

Consulting and Systems IngegrationDirector, 6.1%, $93,250 to $137,500
Practice Manager, 5.2%, $92,500 to $125,000
Project Manager/Senior Consultant, 5.5%, $78,250 to $108,750
Staff Consultant, 6.4%, $59,250 to $82,250
Senior IT Auditor, 6.9%, $86,750 to $114,750
IT Auditor, 6.3%, $74,000 to $102,750

DataBase Administrator
Database Manager, 5.4%, $88,750 to $122,750
Database Developer, 4.1%, $76,250 to $107,500
Database Administrator, 5.1%, $74,250 to $106,750
Data Analyst/Report Writer, 6.0%, $57,750 to $78,500
Data Architect, 6.2%, $87,750 to $119,000
Data Modler, 7.0%, $74,250 to $102,000
Data Warehouse Manager, 6.3%, $90.750 to $120,750
Data Warehouse Analyst, 6.1%, $78,250 to $104,250
Business Intelligence Analyst, 6.6%, $78,250 to $108,250
Note: Add 10 percent for Oracle database, 12 percent for Microsoft SQL Server and 7 percent for IBM DB2 database skills.

Quality Assurance and Test
QA/Testing Manager, 5.4%, $74,250 to $96,000
QA Associate/Analyst, 5.5%, $54,500 to $79,250
Note: Add 5 percent for performance testing skills, such as Mercury Interactive tools.

Internet and E-Commerce
Senior Web Developer, 6.6%, $76,250 to $108,250
Web Developer, 5.3%, $57,250 to $86,250
Web Administrator, 6.0%, $52,250 to $79,750
Web Designer, 6.1%, $50,000 to $75,750
EDI Specialist, 5.7%, $59,750 to $85,000
E-Commerce Analyst, 5.5%, $65,000 to $92,500
Messaging Administrator, 7.1%, $55,000 to $77,750
Bonus Pay for Internet and E-Commerce
For the following development skills, add
10% for Java
10% for Java Enterprise Edition
5% for LAMP (Linus, Apache, MYSQL and PHP/Perl)
5% for AJAX (Asynchronous Java and XML)
5% for Microsoft SharePoint
5% for ColdFusion
7% for Web services
5% for Active Server Page
10% for DCOM/COM/ActiveX
12% for C#
10% for Visual Basic .Net
5% for WebLogic clustering administrative

Networking/Telecommunications
Network Architect, 5.8%, $843,000 to $118,250
Network Manager, 7.0%, $74,500 to $98,500
Network Engineer, 3.0%, $67,250 to $93,500
LAN/WAN Administrator, 4.9%, $53,500 to $75,000
Telecommunications Manager, 2.9%, $70,500 to $91,250
Telecommunications Specialist, 4.1%, $49,250 to $72,500
Note: Add 12% for Cisco network, 10% for Linux/Unix, 10%for Windows 2000/2003/XP and 10% for Voice over Internet Protocol administration skills.

Operations
Manager, 4.4%, $55,000 to $74,250
Computer Operator, 3.9%, $30,500 to $42,750
Mainframe Systems Programmer, 4.9%, $55,250 to $72,750

Security
Data Security Analyst, 4.9%, $76,250 to $104,000
Systems Security Administrator, 4.0%, $73,500 to $103,500
Network Security Administrator, 4.5%, $72,750 to $103,000
Note: Add 12% for Disco network, 10% for Linux/Unix and 10% for CheckPoint firewall administration skills.

Software Development
Product Manager, 4.0%, $83,000 to $112,250
Software Engineer, 4.5%, $69,250 to $104,500
Software Developer, 5.3%, $63,500 to $99,750
Bonus Pay for Software Development
For the following development skills, add
5% for C++
10% for Java
7% for Web services
5% for Active Server Page
5% for Visual Basic
10% for DCOM/COM/ActiveX
12% for C#
10% forVisual Basic .Net

Technical Services, Help Desk and Technical Support
Manager, 4.3%, $65,250 to $92,000
Desktop Support Analyst, 4.5%, $48,500 to $68,250
Systems Adminstrator, 3.8%, $51,750 to $78,8750
Help Desk Tier 3, 5.2%, $44,750 to $57,250
Help Desk Tier 2, 6.5%, $35,750 to $46,250
Help Desk Tier 3, 5.8%, $29,250 to $39,000
Instructor/Trainer, 4.4%, $47,750 to $70,500
PC Technician, 3.9%, $29,250 to $44,000
Business Continuity Analyst, 5.3%, $68,250 to $100,250
Note: Add 12% for Cisco network, 10% for Linux/Unix and 10% for Windows 2000/2003/XP administration skills

Source: Robert Half Technology 2008 Salary Guide

Posted by kkowatch at November 6, 2007 10:57 AM

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