CIO.com, June 21
C-level titles top the list of highest paid IT jobs, while technical support positions dominate the low end of the pay scale, according to new salary data from technology staffing firm Mondo. CIO is the highest-paid IT role, with a salary range of $195,000 to $230,000, followed by CTO ($145,000 - $208,000); CSO ($145,000 - $208,000); IT security manager ($145,000 - $177,000); software architect ($144,000 - $170,000); and application architect ($136,000 - $185,000). Looking ahead to 2014, Mondo predicts a spike in demand for HTML5 developers, with salaries to range from $97,000 to $135,000. Midway through 2013, the rate of IT hiring and the rate of IT salaries is accelerating compared to the first half of the year.
There's strong demand for IT professionals with expertise in areas such as mobile, big data, cloud computing, and user experience, and that demand is, in turn, driving salary increases. Everybody wants big data business analysts. Not database developers or programmers, but business analysts, people who can look at a big data architecture and help translate how that would be valuable to the business. Another role that's in high demand is user interface analyst, with expertise in optimizing the user experience. Mondo singled out a number of jobs that saw big pay gains, percentage-wise, in 2013. The largest increase in base compensation went to seasoned IT security managers (from $90,000 in 2012 to $145,000 in 2013) and systems analysts (from $65,000 to $83,000). Other big gains went to data analysts, senior help desk staffers, technical writers and Android developers.
At the other end of the spectrum, Mondo identified IT roles with the lowest salaries. These include: help desk staffer with 1-3 years of experience ($40,000 - $65,000); hardware technician ($43,000 - $70,000); help desk staffer with 3-5 years of experience ($55,000 - $74,000); desktop virtualization specialist ($55,000 - $70,000); desktop support analyst ($70,000 - $90,000); and system administrator with 1-5 years of experience ($71,000 - $120,000). In a separate study, Robert Half Technology reports that 12% of U.S. CIOs plan to expand their IT teams in the third quarter of 2013 (compared to 14% in the previous quarter). In addition, 56% plan to hire for open IT roles, 26% expect to put hiring plans on hold, and 6% plan to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.
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