InformationWeek's 2014 IT Salary Survey Reveals IT Pays Well

Research Offers Complete Picture on IT Staff and Management Salaries

May 21, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- According to InformationWeek's annual IT Salary Survey, IT pays well and pay rose modestly in the past year.  U.S. IT professionals' median total compensation hit $92,000 for staffers and $120,000 for managers, while base salaries are $88,000 for staffers and $112,000 for managers.  Staffers also report a median raise of 1.6% in total compensation from last year, while managers received 2.4%.  In addition, the research report shows IT pros are getting more secure and confident in their job prospects and the IT career path as the economy and employment picture improve.

InformationWeek’s 2014 IT Salary Survey Reveals IT Pays Well

Now in its 17th year, the U.S. IT Salary Survey is the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. It tracks IT salary and compensation trends (compensation/benefits/job satisfaction) from the perspective of those on the front lines.  This year nearly 12,000 full-time IT professionals completed the web-based survey.  

"IT pros know there's not one tech job market. Pay varies by skills, industry, geographies, and, it still seems, gender," InformationWeek editor Chris Murphy says. "Our Salary Survey can help IT pros get a sense of what they should be earning."  

Key research findings:

  • Faith in IT careers has rebounded. Forty-eight percent of staffers think the path is more promising than it was five years ago, a 15-point jump from 2011, and 55% of managers think it's more promising, also a 15-point increase.
  • Different job factors motivate different people. InformationWeek listed 24 job-satisfaction drivers and asked which
 seven are most important. No single factor was chosen by half of respondents, showing that there's 
no one-size-fits-all approach to keeping employees happy. Staffers cite base pay most often (48%), while managers cite having their opinions and knowledge valued (46%).
  • A gender gap remains. Male staffers make about 16% more in median total compensation than females; male managers make about 11% more.
  • The industry an IT pro works in has a big impact on pay. IT managers on Wall Street and in the biotech, energy, consumer goods, financial services, IT and electronics, and consulting industries earn the most, all topping $140,000 in median total compensation, while IT managers in education, nonprofits, and state and local government earn the least, at $94,000 median pay or less.

To read the complete InformationWeek 2014 US IT Salary Survey Report, click here.

InformationWeek is publishing additional articles and research reports all week, including analysis of salary trends for healthcare and government IT pros and for data analytics professionals. Other UBM Tech media brands are analyzing salary data related to their area of expertise: Dr. Dobbs on application developer salary trends; Dark Reading for information security pros; and Wall Street & Technology, Bank Systems & Technology, and Insurance & Technology on IT salary trends in the finance industries.

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