Salaries

H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative for Engineers, Leads

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Ever wanted to know how much H-1B holders make per year? Developer Swizec Teller, who is about to apply for an H-1B visa, took data from the U.S. Department of Labor and visualized it in a series of graphs that break down H-1B salaries on a state-by-state basis. Teller found that the average engineer with an H-1B makes $87,000 a year, a good deal higher than developers ($74,000) and programmers ($61,000) with the same visa. “Don’t call yourself a programmer,”… continue…

Will Your Next Employer Advance Your Career?

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A lack of career progression is the No. 1 reason why people quit their jobs, according to a list of deal-breakers compiled last year by BambooHR. Poor work-life balance came in second, with pay dissatisfaction the third-leading cause of worker defections. If these complaints sound familiar, you may already be seeking greener pastures. But how can you tell if your advancement and earning potential will be any better at another company? Here are four ways to investigate your chances of… continue…

Why 2015 Could Prove Great for Tech Pros

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The U.S. tech industry added 129,600 net jobs between 2013 and 2014, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data analyzed by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), which counts 2,000 companies as members. The industry accounts for 6.5 million jobs overall, CompTIA’s report added. IT services racked up nearly a third of that total, with 2.1 million jobs in 2014, followed by R&D, testing, and engineering services (1.6 million jobs), telecommunications and Internet services (1.2 million jobs), tech manufacturing… continue…

Why You Should Run Your Career Like a Startup

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Times are good in today’s technology job market. The IT unemployment rate is hovering below 3 percent and employers are scrambling to find developers and engineers. But that doesn’t mean a successful career is a foregone conclusion. Even in heady times, corporate needs evolve, the skills in demand change and some industries lose favor among consumers while new ones gain prominence. Business moves fast, and employer loyalty has all but vanished. “In today’s job market, nobody’s going to take care… continue…

How to Answer 5 Trick Interview Questions

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By the time you sit down for an interview, managers know all about your work experience and skills. If they didn’t think you could succeed at the job on a technological level, they wouldn’t have invited you to come in to chat—but will you fit into the company’s culture? Questions such as, “Can you think on your feet?” or, “Do you take a logical or shotgun approach to problem solving?” involve very human elements of the job, and managers want… continue…

3 Tips for Reopening a Salary Negotiation

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Your search succeeded: You found the right job, accepted the salary proposal and agreed on a start date. And then… another company makes you a better offer. While some people might tell you the better deal always wins, you’re actually in a delicate position. The manager who hired you has stopped interviewing candidates, and is certainly planning for the day you’ll start work. If you back out of your commitment, there’s every chance that others in the IT world (and… continue…

Apple Exec’s $73 Million Pay Hints at Salary Gap

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How much did Apple CEO Tim Cook take home last year? Roughly $9.22 million, according to Apple’s recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing (PDF), but even that wasn’t the highest amount paid to any of the company’s officers. Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail and online stores, pulled down $73.3 million. Ahrendts’ eye-popping compensation derives largely from stock awarded to her upon joining the company in May 2014. The award was compensation for what she would have earned… continue…

The Highest-Paying States for Tech Pros

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This map requires Flash Player 8.0 or higher The average technology professional made $89,450 in 2014, according to the latest Dice salary survey. That’s an increase of 2 percent over 2013, and yet another sign of the technology industry’s robust health. When it comes to salaries, however, not all states and cities are created equal. Those tech pros living and working in Silicon Valley are the highest-paid in the country, with an average annual salary of $112,610—but that salary grew… continue…

Dice Salary Survey: Good Times for Tech Pros

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Technology pay in the United States saw another year of hikes with technology professionals earning $89,450 on average annually, up 2 percent from 2013, according to Dice’s annual salary survey.   More than half (61 percent) of technology professionals earned higher salaries in 2014, most frequently citing a merit raise as the reason for the increase. Another 25 percent say they received higher wages due to changing employers within the year. Also, technical recruiters saw a significant jump (19 percent) in… continue…

Boston IT Hiring Looks Strong Across Most Sectors

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What’s New This Quarter As 2015 begins, Boston is prospering across a wide range of industry sectors, and demand is high for the IT experts who will keep that growth going. “Financial services are one of the largest industries in Boston, and we’re seeing a couple of main growth areas,” said Darrin Lang, CEO of Boston-based Labur, a staffing consultancy. “Firms are investing again in their proprietary technology platforms for trading and portfolio management and are trying to become more… continue…