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March 27, 2013

New report details year’s highest-paying IT careers, industry job satisfaction


In IT, a lot changes in a year when it comes to technology. The industry’s career trends, on the other hand, have more or less remained consistent from 2012-2013, according to a new report from Windows IT Pro and Global Knowledge.

The survey, conducted last fall with more than 23,000 respondents (49 percent from the U.S. and Canada), shows that the number of IT bonuses remained flat, as did the dollar value of raises. The percentage of people who received raises increased slightly, by 2 percent, but the average bonus was down nearly $1,400 year over year. It’s worth noting, though, that the percentage of people who received raises was much higher in 2012 than in 2011, so it’s reassuring to see that trend continuing. The mean salary was down from $84,552 to $78,649, though new reporting methods, which led to a higher number of entry- and mid-level responses, may be part of the reason.

The report ranks positions and industries with the highest compensation:

Not surprisingly, location was also a factor with salary. In the U.S., Virginia, which has the country’s highest concentration of technology workers and an abundance of research and development institutions, had the highest pay at $90,200 on average. This is compared to Alabama, which had the lowest at $64,399.

On the job satisfaction front, 58  percent of people said they were very satisfied or satisfied and 42 percent were less than satisfied, which is two percent more than the previous year. Still, it’s a small change compared to how previous years fared. In 2010, for instance, a whopping 59 percent reported being less than satisfied. Job security remained flat year over year, with 69 percent feeling secure, down from 2011’s 73 percent.

The report also looked at the popularity of training and certifications, as well as the new technical skills people plan to learn in 2013. It’s no shock that virtualization/cloud was at the top of that list, followed by security.

All in all, the report seems to signify a very slight improvement in career development for IT pros from last year. While in a perfect world, salaries and job satisfaction would grow substantially year over year, the economy still has some recovery to do before that’s a reality.

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