2013 IT Salary Survey

Are you paying too much or too little to your information technology staff? Are you earning what you're worth? Whether employer or employee, it is important to know what other companies are paying in total compensation for a similar position in your area. Learn how your company compares in the area of compensation. Data as of January 2011.2012 Salary Survey

The Janco Associates, Inc.  salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year by extensive internet-based and completed survey forms sent to businesses throughout the United States and Canada.  Over 300 companies participate in the survey.

The 2013 IT Salary Survey is good news for IT Professionals.  The survey shows that hiring is picking up in some sectors of the IT job market, salaries have stopped falling, and for selected positions there has been an increase in compensation - especially for CIOs.  Even though many fear a second dip in the economy, CIOs in larger enterprises have been give the ‘yellow light’ to look ahead and fill positions that were left unfilled last year., The same is not the case for mid-sized companies.  They are much more cautious and concerned that the recovery will not be strong enough to support increased IT spending.  In follow-up interviews of the participants we found that CIOs are starting their 2011 planning processes with the assumptions that the economy will improve in the first part of next year.  If that holds true them hiring and compensation should pick up.

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Summary Findings

IT Median Salaries January 2010 versus January 2011

IT Salary Survey Compare Historical

The most striking observations of our latest survey are:

  • Some recovery has occurred in compensation and hiring of IT Professionals.  The total mean compensation for all IT Professionals has increased modestly by 0.35% to $77,873 from $77,604.  This puts overall compensation back at the levels they were at in January 2008.
  • Middle manager and non-line IT executives continue to feel a salary crunch.
  • Mid-sized enterprises are now starting to hire staff workers with salaries in this sector increasing the most – Mean compensation is up by 1.44% from $61,047 to $61,924.
  • Layoffs seem to have tapered off. 
  • On shore outsourcing has peaked and companies are looking to bring IT operations back into their direct control and reduce operating costs.
  • Cost reduction is still the rule of the day; however we have seen an increase in the number of “part-timers” and contractors who are focused on particular critical projects.
  • Companies are continuing to reduce the benefits provided to IT professionals. Though benefits such as health care are available, IT professionals are now paying a greater portion of that cost.
  • Flexible hours and work schedules are becoming more available as the recovery begins to take hold and is viewed as a low cost high value benefit by both employers and employees.
  • CIOs compensation has increased over the last 12 months. The mean compensation for CIOs in large enterprises is now $184,681 (an increase of 1.73%) and $163,106 (an increase of 0.49%) in mid-sized enterprises.
  • CIO demand is almost non-existent as companies who were not pleased with their existing CIO have already replace them and incumbents in those positions are reluctant to move with the current economic conditions.
  • Mean compensation across all IT professionals has increased by 0.35% (from $77,604 to $77, 873).
    • In mid-sized enterprises, the mean total compensation for all positions has increased by 0.43% from $73,934 to $74,253.   This is due to an average increase of 1.44% in the non-management staff levels of those enterprises.
    • In large enterprises, the median compensation has risen slightly from $82,273 to $81,493.

The Janco Associates, Inc. salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year by extensive interviews,  internet-based survey data, and survey forms completed by businesses throughout the United States and Canada. 

The compensation study (over 160 pages in PDF or WORD and EXCEL with the data) can be ordered here.

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National Employment Report

National IT Employment Data

The national employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics validates the findings of the Janco and eJobDescription.com salary survey that the overall IT employment picture has stabalized and is improving in all areas except for telecommunication and hosting providers -- the primary areas where Outsourcing has had the greatest impact.

 

Historic Salary Trends IT Jobs

 

The compensation study (over 160 pages in PDF or WORD and EXCEL with the data) can be ordered here.

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The positions that have the greatest change in demand are listed below.  The positions that show an increased demand tend to have significantly higher offering salaries.  This in turn, inflates the level of compensation for individuals who remain in those existing positions. 

In those positions that are facing decreasing demand, increases in compensation are normally based on “time-in-grade” or tenure within the enterprise.

 


Positions with
Increased Demand
Low Lay-Off Potential
Low Outsourcing Potential


Positions with
Decreased Demand
High Lay-Off Potential
High Outsourcing Potential

Large Enterprises

 

VP - Chief Information Officer (CIO)
VP – Information Services
Director IT Planning
Manager Operating System Production
Manager Production Support
Computer Operations Shift Supervisor
Project Manager Systems
Supervisor Network Services
Voice/ Wireless Communications Manager
Data Security Administrator
Database Specialist
Internet Developer
Software Engineer

 

VP Administration
VP Consulting Services
Technical Specialist
Senior Network Specialist
Supervisor Micro Computer Support

Mid Sized
Enterprises


VP - Chief Information Officer (CIO)
VP Consulting Services
Manager Database
Manager Quality Control
Manager Security and Workstations
Computer Operations Shift Manager
Project Manager Network Technical Services
Capacity Planning Supervisor
Data Entry Clerk
Data Security Administrator
LAN Application Support Analyst
Librarian


VP – Security (CSO)
Manager Data Communications
Data Entry Supervisor
e-commerce Specialist
Network Control Analyst



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The IT job market shrank dramatically after the dot com bubble burst.

IT Job Market Trends

Information Technology Sector includes: software publishers, telecommunications, data processing, hosting and related services, internet publishing, broadcasting, web search, and portals.  Manufacturing Sector includes: peripheral equipment, storage devices, broadcast and wireless communication, audio and video equipment, and semiconductors.

IT Salary Survey Purchase Options

You can order the IT Salary Survey for an individual city or for all of North America (Canada and the United States) with or with out data in Excel sheet format and with or with full multipage job descriptions for the positions surveyed.  Or you can order the survey as part of our IT Resource Hiring Kit with full job descriptions for all 239 positions in the Internet and IT Position Descriptions HandiGuide.

Learn how your company compares in the area of compensation. Data as of January 2010.

The Janco Associates, Inc.  salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year by extensive internet-based and completed survey forms sent to businesses throughout the United States and Canada.  Our database contains over 50,000 data points.

The 159-page compensation study summarizes and compares data from 78 American metropolitan areas and 23 Canadian cities. Delivered in PDF format, it provides comparative information on more than 70 specific job titles:

  • Five distinct IT executive positions
  • Three director-level jobs
  • More than 15 specific manager roles
  • Dozens of technical staff positions

 

Salary Survey City Version

  • Salary data for a single city surveyed in the form of an Excel Spread Sheet
  • Median national salary data in the PDF report
  • Single paragraph summary job description of the 73 positions surveyed
  • Abbreviated Salary Survey Report PDF

Salary Survey Standard

  • Median salary data all cities in the survey in the PDF report
  • Single paragraph summary job description of the 73 positions surveyed
  • Full Salary Survey Report
  • Salary data for each city surveyed in the report
  • Update service Available

Salary Survey & Excel Data

  • Median salary data for all cities in the survey in the PDF report
  • Single paragraph summary job description of the 73 positions surveyed
  • Full Salary Survey Report
  • Salary data for each city surveyed in the report plus an Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheet
  • Update service Available

IT Hiring Kit Standard Edition

  • Median salary data all cities in the survey in the PDF report
  • Single paragraph summary job description of the 73 positions surveyed
  • Full Salary Survey Report
  • Salary data for each city surveyed in the report plus an Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheet
  • 73 full multipage job descriptions in PDF format
  • Update service Available

IT Hiring Kit Standard Edition

  • Median salary data all cities in the survey in the PDF report
  • Single paragraph summary job description of the 73 positions surveyed
  • Full Salary Survey Report
  • Salary data for each city surveyed in the report plus an Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheet
  • 73 full multipage job descriptions in PDF format
  • 73 full multipage job descriptions in Microsoft WORD format - one file for each job description utilizing long file names
  • Update service Available

IT Hiring Kit Standard Edition

  • Median salary data all cities in the survey in the PDF report
  • Single paragraph summary job description of the 73 positions surveyed
  • Full Salary Survey Report
  • Salary data for each city surveyed in the report plus an Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheet
  • 73 full multipage job descriptions in PDF format
  • 260 full multipage job descriptions from the Internet & IT Position Descriptions HandiGuide in PDF format
  • Update service Available

IT Hiring Kit Standard Edition

  • Median salary data all cities in the survey in the PDF report
  • Single paragraph summary job description of the 73 positions surveyed
  • Full Salary Survey Report
  • Salary data for each city surveyed in the report plus an Microsoft EXCEL spreadsheet
  • 73 full multipage job descriptions in PDF format
  • 260 full multipage job descriptions from the Internet & IT Position Descriptions HandiGuide in Microsoft WORD format - one file for each job description utilizing long file names
  • Update service Available

Historical Salaries

The May 2011 BLS data shows a slight increase (1.16% 7,300) in the number of IT-related jobs in April. The increase as reported by the BLS is 1.16% versus the .79% from the prior month.  However, the data does not reflect the recent increases in energy costs.  From the data it is not clear that IT employment is signaling that the recovery has started.

Net Job Change

IT Job Market

IT Job Market Demand

Based on this data and interviews that Janco has conducted. Janco predicts there will be more churn in IT staff as CIOs accelerate their move to more flexible staffing models. CIOs are outsourcing more technical work, including managed IP services such as VoIP and VPNs. They are hiring more contractors for desktop and security services, and they are putting more applications such as remote backup in the cloud. At the same time, they are looking to hire IT people with business and analytical skills, such as risk management and project management. CIOs report that they're having trouble hiring IT people because either they can't find IT professionals with the right business skills or they can't afford them. All of this means more turnover in IT departments.

Despite recent economic reports that show jobless claims have been down for several consecutive weeks, employees reveal mixed feelings about what is in store at their employer, for the overall job market and for their pay check in the year ahead, according to the fourth-quarter employment confidence survey of 2,118 U.S. adults. The survey found employees are more confident in their job security and company's outlook in the next six months than in the third quarter. However, employees have also remained pessimistic about pay raises and grown more uncertain about the job market since the third quarter.

One of the drivers of IT jobs in the US is the number of High-Tech Manufacturing jobs that there are in the US. Since 1998, when outsourcing began in earnest, the number of high tech manufacturing jobs in the US, as a percentage of the total has continued to decline. At the same time China has come to be a force that needs to be reckoned with.

High Tech Manufacturing

Nearly half (45 percent) of employees reported they do not expect a pay raise in the next 12 months, while approximately one-third (36 percent) said they believe they will get one and 19 percent said they are unsure. Those who thought they would receive a pay raise is down one percentage point from the third quarter and five points from the fourth quarter of 2009. Those in the West were even less optimistic where more than half (55 percent) do not expect a pay raise in the next 12 months, up from 48 percent in the region in the third quarter, compared with those in the Northeast (44 percent), Midwest (42 percent) and South (43 percent).

In the fourth quarter, 40 percent of employees reported their employers made changes to the number of staff, organizational structure, compensation, and benefits or other perks in the past six months, which is down from 55 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, when the majority of these job actions involved layoffs or layoff plans. In the past year, the highest incidence of employer actions shifted to compensation changes or cuts.

The survey found more than half (52 percent) of employees who reported at least some change indicated their company made changes to or reduced compensation in the past six months, up from 50 percent a year ago. One in four (27 percent) said their own compensation (pay, bonus, etc.) was reduced during the same period. In the fourth quarter, however, layoff reports dropped 11 points year-over-year with 46 percent of employees reporting their employers initiated or communicated layoffs in the past six months.

Employees are getting mixed signals from their employers and the market, so it's no surprise employee confidence in the fourth quarter reflects a mixed bag of optimism and caution. Employment confidence is very personal. While there are some recent positive indicators in the labor market, these don't capture the wide range of employer cuts and other actions employees see and feel on a regular basis.

Employees' sentiment about their job, company and market will likely remain tempered until they see consistent and sustained periods of growth, fewer cutbacks at work and among their friends' companies, and more people getting hired into positions that were either eliminated or put on hold during the recession.

The survey found while reported cutbacks in other areas declined or remained at the same level from the third quarter, health and dental benefit cuts peaked at the highest level in two years following steady quarterly increases. This quarter, 28 percent of employees who cited at least some changes reported cuts to their health and dental benefit in the past six months, compared with 22 percent in the third quarter and 17 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Unemployment Data

During the recession of 2009 - 2011 unemployment in the IT Industry had not been as high as the rest of the United States. Older workers had a higher unemployment rate than your ones. In addition, female high tech employees have not as well as their male conterparts. This is espically true for workers over the age of 55. The unemployment rate for women over the age of 55 for computer and math workers in 2010 was 9.4% versus 8.0% for men.

Unemployment Data

2012 IT Salary Survey - Fringe Benefits

Are you paying too much or too little to your information technology staff? Are you earning what you're worth? Whether employer or employee, it is important to know what other companies are paying in total compensation for a similar position in your area. Learn how your company compares in the area of compensation.

The Janco Associates, Inc.  salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year by extensive internet-based and completed survey forms sent to businesses throughout the United States and Canada. 

Fringe Bemefits

Cities Included in IT Salary Survey

Janco'sIT Salary Survey includes the following 78 United States cities, as well as 23 selected cities in Canada

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US Cities Included                             Order US Cities

Akron Albuquerque Allentown Anchorage
Atlanta Atlantic City Austin Baltimore
Bellingham Boise Boston Buffalo
Charleston Charlotte Cheyenne Chicago
Cincinnati Cleveland Colorado Springs Columbus
Dallas Denver Des Moines Detroit
Duluth Gary Grand Rapids Green Bay
Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas Lexington Little Rock Los Angeles
Louisville Madison Memphis Miami
Milwaukee Minneapolis Nashville New Orleans
New York Oakland Oklahoma City Olympia
Omaha Orange County CA Orlando Peoria
Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, ME
Portland, OR Provo/Orem Raleigh-Durham Rockford
Sacramento Salt Lake City San Antonio San Diego
San Francisco San Jose Seattle Sioux Falls
St. Louis Stamford Syracuse Toledo
Topeka Tucson Tulsa Washington
Wichita Winston-Salem

Canadian Cities Included                 Order Canadian Cities

Calgary, AB Charlotte, PE Edmonton, AB Fredericton, NB
Guelph, ON Halifax, NS Hamilton, ON Hull, QC
London, ON Montreal, QC Niagara Falls, ON Ottawa, ON
Quebec City, QC Regina, SK Saskatoon, SK St. John's, NF
Sudbury, ON Toronto, ON Vancouver, BC Victoria, BC
Whitehorse, YT Windsor, ON Winnipeg, MB
                

Job Titles Included in IT Salary Survey

Janco's Salary Survey includes the following the job titles in its IT Salary Sruvey.

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  • VP - Chief Information Officer
  • VP - Chief Security Officer
  • VP - Consulting Services
  • VP - Information Services
  • VP - Technical Services
  • Director - IT Planning
  • Director - Production/Data Center
  • Director - Systems & Programming
  • Manager - Computer Operations
  • Manager - Microcomputer Technology
  • Manager - Network Services
  • Manager - Operating Systems Production
  • Manager - Production Services
  • Manager - Production Support
  • Manager - Systems and Programming
  • Manager - Technical Services
  • Manager - Training and Documentation
  • Manager - Transaction Processing
  • Manager - Voice and Data Communications
  • Capacity Planning Supervisor
  • Change Control Supervisor
  • Computer Operations - Shift Manager
  • Computer Operations - Shift Supervisor
  • Database Manager
  • Data Communications Manager
  • Data Entry Supervisor
  • Information Center Manager
  • Lead Customer Service Manager
  • Office Automation Applications Manager
  • Production Control Specialist
  • Production Services Supervisor  
  • Project Manager - Applications
  • Project Manager - Distributed Systems
  • Project Manager - Network Tech Svc
  • Project Manager - Systems
  • Supervisor - Hardware Installations   
  • Supervisor - Microcomputer Support
  • Supervisor - Network Services
  • Voice Communications Manager
  • Web Analyst
  • Change Control Analyst
  • Computer Operator
  • Data Center Facility Administrator
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Data Security Administrator
  • Database Specialist
  • Disaster Recovery Coordinator  
  • e-Commerce Specialist
  • Forms and Graphics Designer
  • 4th GL Specialist
  • Hardware Installations Coordinator
  • IT Planning Analyst
  • LAN Applications Support Analyst
  • Network Control Analyst
  • Network Services Administrator
  • Network Technician
  • Operations Analyst
  • Personal Computer Specialist
  • Production Control Analyst
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Senior Network Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Programmer
  • Systems Support Specialist
  • Tape Librarian
  • Technical Services Specialist
  • Technical Specialist
  • Voice Communications Coordinator
  • Webmaster

IT Salary Survey Methodology

From the Janco Associates, Inc. database, compensation benchmark ranges are established for each normalized job position.  In analyzing the study data, the upper and lower quartiles are eliminated to determine  Benchmark Ranges.  The benchmark ranges are then used to assess the alignment of a company's actual compensation to the marketplace for each job function.  The results can be assessed using the following guidelines. 

Below Benchmark Range - Highly impacted by forces of the marketplace
Within Benchmark Range - Subject to the normal forces of the marketplace for similar job functions and responsibilities. 
Above Benchmark Range - Not subject to the forces of the marketplace

 

The Benchmark represents our assessment of the compensation level required for organizations to remain competitive and minimize the risk of losing employees to other organizations. Reviews were conducted from the standpoint of a comparison o base salary and, when appropriate, from the additional standpoint of total compensation. Total compensation is determined by adding the budgetary bonus amounts and an equivalent cash value for above-standard compensation to an individual's base salary. The compensation Study data was divided into two categories. Large companies are companies whose gross revenues are equal to or greater than $500MM. Mid-sized companies are companies whose gross revenues are less than $500MM.

Become A Survey Participant

Janco Associates, Inc. has published a bi-annual information technology compensation survey for over ten years.

Participate by providing us valid data and we will be able to download a complimentary copy of the summary results1  upon its completion. In addition,  you may be eligible to purchase the full study at a significant discount.

These results will be available in July.  To participate, simply click the Participate button below and complete the on-line Compensation Participation Survey.  

You can either download our participation excel spread sheet1 or click on the link below to enter you data via an on-line survey.  (Note: will be able to come back to modify the data you enter for 120 days)

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1. You can qualify for a complete free copy of the PDF version of the study, if your enterprise provides at least ten valid data points as determined by Janco.  All other participants will qualify for the summary of the study only.

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