Compensation

6 Great Stories to Help You Get a Raise

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Slow economy or not, most IT salaries are outpacing other sectors, dramatically so for those who have experience in areas where there are more open jobs than there are people to fill them. Whatever our specialty, we all want a piece of that pie. But what if you have a cheap boss? Or a company that prides itself on providing “culture” at the expense of wages? Or all the opportunities that match your skills are 750 miles away? In all… continue…

Tech Salary Growth Is Strong in These 7 Markets

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Dice Techonomics
With the IT unemployment rate hovering around 3.8 percent, employers can no longer rely on mere incentives and perks to keep people in the house. Nowadays, they have to write checks. This is especially true for companies in secondary markets like Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Milwaukee. The pool of talent is shallower in regions like these, but that doesn’t mean there’s less work to be done in their IT departments. So, the rule of supply and demand’s kicking in: Salaries… continue…

Tech Salaries Rise to Highest Levels in a Decade

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U.S. technology salaries rose last year more than they have in a decade, with the average tech professional earning a 5 percent increase, from $81,327 to $85,619, according to an annual salary survey by Dice. The increase comes at a time when more than two thirds of tech professionals — 64 percent — are confident that they can find a better job. Supporting their notion is the fact that employers are stepping up their efforts to retain staff, using more… continue…

How to Make Sure You Get Paid for Extra Work

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Cat Miller
It happens a lot: Your manager hears about your extensive skill set, and suddenly you’re transformed into a Web developer, network administrator or basic jack-of-all-IT-trades. Of course, you don’t get a raise. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Cat has some tips for negotiating an increase, as well as leveraging your extra work the next time you look for a job. Related Posts Overworked? Get a Raise How to Prepare Yourself for Salary Negotiations

How to Prepare Yourself For Salary Negotiations

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Why do some professionals earn more than others? Because those at the higher end of the scale make a habit of surveying the marketplace, taking stock of their assets and liabilities, and leveraging their professional experience during salary negotiations. Survey the Market To start, determine a preliminary compensation range for that’s appropriate for someone with your skills and experience. You can find the information you need in salary surveys from trade publications and associations, plus data from compensation websites. Also, get… continue…

Do Some Tech Jobs Really Pay $12 an Hour? Yes

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Horror stories of low-ball offers abound on the Dice message boards, though we have to admit we think some smack of embellished truths. But after some investigation we found that, indeed, there are some jobs out there with pay scales that are stunningly low. Typically, they’re for entry level help-desk and tech support positions, not for someone like a seasoned software developer. Another factor in the equation is the job’s location. In Huntsville, Ala., for example, one company’s seeking a… continue…

Tech Professionals Expect Bigger Bonuses This Year

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Dice Techonomics
With end-of-the-year bonus payouts around the corner, IT departments are keeping a keen eye on their company’s financial performance. And this year, they’re anticipating a happy holiday season. More than two-thirds of the tech professionals responding to a Dice survey expect a larger bonus than they received last year, or at least an equal one. While employees in other departments tend to view their bonus as a reward for individual accomplishment, those in tech consider theirs as being contingent upon… continue…

5 Salary Negotiation Myths and How You Can Bust Them

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Sometimes what you know is … wrong. Unfortunately, strategies around salary negotiation is one area where rumors or outright falsehoods are so prevalent, they can get you into trouble even though you’re under the impression you’re taking an effective approach. Here are five of the most common myths we’ve heard, and tips on how to address these areas so you can increase the chances of getting the compensation package you want. Myth No. 1: Salary Negotiations are Cut and Dried… continue…

Tech Jobs That Pull In Six Figures

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Dice Techonomics
Ever wonder what the next guy is making in salary? Of course you do. While you wonder, here are some numbers to chew on. (Hint: You may want to aim for an IT management position.) If none of these apply to you, don’t fret. You may do just fine if your skill set matches up with one of these: Don’t have any of these either? Tired of making less than $100K? Consider retooling your skills, or even appreciate the fact… continue…

21 Skills That Pay Top Dollar – Without Certification

Need a raise? Here are 21 IT skills that pay a premium — anywhere from 4 to 17 percent in terms of total compensation. What makes them even more attractive: None require certification. Big Data Although the demand for Big Data skills varies, early adopters are “willing to pay anything” to acquire and retain professionals with the necessary competencies and Java expertise, according to David Foote, CEO of research and consulting firm Foote Partners. Specifically, they’re looking for expertise in:… continue…