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2008-09 Dice Tech Salary Survey Results

More Wages, More Worried: Dice Salary Survey Reveals Conflicted Job Market

Dice’s 2008-09 Annual Salary Survey of technology professionals found a spike in salary increases despite a recessionary economy. Gathering the responses of more than 19,000 technology workers between August and November 2008, Dice tracked a 4.6 percent increase in average pay from the previous year to $78,035.

The top worries for technology professionals in 2009 are keeping skills up to date (22 percent), job elimination (20 percent), lower salary increases (14 percent), canceled projects (12 percent) and increased workload due to staff cuts (10 percent). Supporting this theme, Dice reports a 67 percent increase in the number of new resumes posted to its site in the fourth quarter (year over year). Given that the majority of technology professionals who utilize Dice are currently employed, such “passive job hunting” indicates greater anxiety about the job market.

Still, individuals with specific training and capabilities received outsized raises in 2008: for example, Security Analysts saw increases of 8.4 percent, Software Engineers were up 7 percent, and Applications Developers enjoyed 6.6 percent raises.

“That average tech salaries are rising even as the economy falls reveals how much has changed since the dot-com days,” said Tom Silver, SVP & CMO, at Dice. “Today many technology professionals are seen as core assets where they work. As they enhance their skills, they’ll need to align those efforts with the market’s shifting demands. However, over the long-term, updating and broadening one’s skill set is the key to continued salary gains.”

Additional Findings of the Survey Include:
• In major technology centers, IT salaries are up 5.8 percent in New York, 3.8 percent in Chicago, 3.6 percent in both Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., and just 0.4 percent in Dallas/Fort Worth.
• By metropolitan area, smaller, less traditional tech markets such as Charlotte saw the biggest salary increases, up 14.7 percent to $81,426, followed by St. Louis, up 12.5 percent to $72,819.
• Topping the compensation/skill set list are workers in the areas of ABAP – Advanced Business Application Programming ($106,975), ETL – Extract Transform and Load ($102,364) and Business Intelligence databases ($101,585).
• Project managers earned, on average, $103,424 in 2008, the highest earning title outside of top technology executives. Those workers, often holding CIO and CTO titles, earned an average of $111,998 in 2008.
• On an industry-by-industry basis, technology professionals in the Computer Hardware field received average raises of 9.4 percent to $77,387. Salaries in the Internet Services industry were boosted by 8.8 percent to $77,819. Retail/Mail Order/E-Commerce and Government/Defense fields were allotted the smallest raises, up 2.4 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.
• Women technology professionals, as a group, earned 12% less on average than men. However, when comparing women IT professionals with their equivalent male counterpart (controlling for years of experience, education levels and job titles), the so-called gender gap disappeared.

Survey Question: For 2009, what is the biggest concern you have about your career?
Keeping Skills Up-to-Date / Being Valuable to Employer – 22%
Position Elimination – 20%
Lower Salary Increases / Lower Billing Rates – 14%
Canceled Projects / Fewer Projects – 12%
Increased Workload (due to staff cuts) – 10%
Increased Outsourcing – 7%
Position Relocation – 3%
No Concerns at this Time – 12%

Average Salary by Job Title
Listed under each title are the figures for 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and Previous Year % Change

IT Management (CEO, CIO, CTO, VP, Dir., Strategist, Architect)
$102,326
$106,272
$107,830
$111,998
3.9%
Project Manager
$93,009
$96,475
$101,292
$103,424
2.1%
MIS Manager
$82,824
$82,510
$88,934
$93,318
4.9%
Software Engineer
$78,807
$83,524
$84,122
$90,031
7.0%
Database Administrator
$81,301
$85,441
$85,092
$89,742
5.5%
Developer: Systems
$72,732
$78,476
$88,361
$87,211
-1.3%
Security Analyst
$74,837
$79,411
$80,052
$86,778
8.4%
Business Analyst
$77,158
$82,288
$84,101
$85,933
2.2%
Developer: Applications
$73,636
$78,037
$79,421
$84,672
6.6%
Developer: Database
$73,768
$79,911
$83,163
$84,176
1.2%
Developer: Client/Server
$75,941
$74,602
$78,173
$78,560
0.5%
Programmer/Analyst
$65,174
$69,757
$71,623
$74,851
4.5%
Technical Writer
$68,125
$73,094
$73,133
$73,762
0.9%
Network Engineer
$65,122
$67,202
$68,391
$72,496
6.0%
Systems Administrator
$63,698
$64,917
$66,388
$70,307
5.9%
Web Developer/Programmer
$61,261
$65,327
$68,571
$69,853
1.9%
Quality Assurance (QA) Tester
$64,486
$68,280
$68,952
$69,128
0.3%
Network Manager
$58,434
$62,225
$64,638
$67,820
4.9%
Technical Support
$47,259
$49,347
$49,384
$49,967
1.2%
Desktop Support Specialist
$42,204
$44,909
$46,458
$46,331
-0.3%
Help Desk
$37,397
$39,430
$41,154
$41,959
2.0%

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March 15, 2009 - Posted by | Careers, Job Search

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  1. […] each title are the figures for  2009-10 and Previous Year % Change (for previous years, see 2008-09 Survey […]

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