Tech Salary Trends Reveal Surprising Winners, Losers

Winners, Losers

While overall tech salaries rose a relatively healthy 5 percent during 2012, closer study of the numbers reveals some clear — and surprising — winners and losers.

Among the winners: Network managers, who posted a whopping 11.2 percent increase in their average salary, to $68,347. Help desk workers also fared well, with salaries rising just shy of 10 percent. Indicators that more companies may move support functions back onshore could partly account for that.

Despite all the talk of business analysis becoming a critical need, pay for business analysts rose a lackluster 3.4 percent. Meanwhile, database and systems developers saw their compensation dip. In part, that shift may be due to the continuing growth of the cloud. As more of their computing resources move online, businesses need fewer in-house professionals to keep things moving.

Comments

  1. BY Scott says:

    It would be nice if these salary surveys evaluated contractor versus full-time employee salaries. There is no mention of consultants.

  2. BY james says:

    I find it very hard to believe the average salary of a QA tester is only slightly below a developer. That to me is insane. Anyone can be a QA Tester not everyone can be a developer

  3. BY Karen Palen says:

    I am a retired Software Engineer (“Systems Architect” by this survey) and 69 years old (yes I started out in 1963!).

    Trouble is I am making more than $129K EVERY MONTH in real estate deals.

    I wonder why there is a shortage of talent?

  4. BY Rob says:

    DBA / Programmers who are a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in some industry make more than a pure-play DBA/Programmer.
    SME example: Tax Law, Medical Billing, Permits, …

    Technical workers may make this salary, but they also have the short job duration and must commonly spend time looking for the next job. These salaries should be adjusted downward by 12%.

    A State Employee with an Arts degree put into a minor supervisory position can easily make a salary over $80,000 to $140,000 a year in this state. The cost to Tax payers for the overhead, benefits and retirement is 172% of the salary. I ran the DB for that. So, a State Employee making $100,000 cost the tax payer $272,000 a year. That is for a 4 year degree in Arts.
    Tech is not the hot industry and by far not the stable one to work for.

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