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IT salaries – what are you worth?

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Saturday August 19, 2006 )

In the IT industry, the issue of salaries and what we’re worth can be hard to ascertain at times. It becomes especially challenging when a prospective employer asks “what type of salary range are you wanting?”. You may want the job badly, but you also want to be properly compensated for your skills

Enterprise Systems have released the results of their recent US IT salary survey, and generally speaking, salaries have increased between two and nine percent over last year. The big winners over the last 12 month in the more technical areas in terms of salary growth are application programmers.

The list below are averages for various positions based on responses from over 800 professionals working at enterprise-level IT sites – so bear that in mind before you hit your boss for a raise; these are *big* companies.

By the way, if you’re looking for reasonably fresh data on online marketing related salaries, view my web marketing salary survey post from May this year.

Position/Average Salary/Average annual bonus – in USD

Systems analysts/$70,500/$3,500

Programmer analyst/$67,400/$3,400

Application programmer/$61,400/$2,700

Systems programmer/$69,100/$3,000

Network administrator /$61,300/$2,600

Systems administrator/$61,600/3,000

Database administrator/$75,500/$3,800

Storage administrator/$65,300/$65,300

CIO and Vice President of IT/$139,900/$34,200

Information Systems Director/$99,600/$12,700

Information Systems Manager/$81,400/$7,100

Application Development Manager/$89,600/$7,700

Data Center Operations Manager/$82,300/$8,100

Networking Manager/$78,800/$4,200

Help Desk Support Manager/$66,600/$2,400

Internet Manager or Director/$74,700/$4,300

For a more detailed look at the salaries involved with the above positions, including data on the differences in salary average depending on experience etc., the Enterprise Systems salary survey reports can be viewed here: Part 1Part 2


2006 Web marketing salary survey


2 comments for IT salaries – what are you worth?
  1. hi im just wondering im thinking about taking a coarse at college for programmer analyst internet solutions developer i was wondering if this would be a better choice rather than a web desighner coarse because its more indepth any imput would be greatly appreciated

    Comment by Zac O'Hagan — March 26, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

  2. Hi Zac,

    Programming, definitely programming – especially Web 2.0 related technologies. A colleague of mine just got offered 90k for Ruby on Rails related position.

    Definitely programming :)

    Comment by Michael Bloch — March 27, 2007 @ 1:55 am

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