IT Salary 2009: Survey Says Modest Declines

Monday Jan 12th 2009 by James Maguire
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A list of IT salaries in 2009, including changing pay levels for software developers, IT managers, network administrators, database specialists, and more.

Also see: The 2009 IT Salary Guide

Surprising no one, IT salaries in 2009 are undergoing a contraction – so far modest – as the economy grapples with a deep downturn. Based on the 2009 IT Salary Survey by Janco Associates, the mean IT salary dipped from $79,005 in January 2008 to $77,367 in January 2009, for a decline of 2.07 percent.

Go to list of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives

IT Managers

Software Development/Programming

Networking

Support/Supervisory IT Staff

IT Security

Internet

Database

Miscellaneous IT Professionals/Consultants

The Janco survey, which culled data from more than 800 organizations and 50,000 respondents, indicates that positions across the IT industry saw declines. As evidenced in the chart below, the steepest salary declines were seen among executives and middle managers at mid-size companies, while staffers at both large and mid-size firms saw comparatively smaller pay drops:

IT salary, 2009

Fringe benefits for IT professionals also suffered some erosion. Based on the multi-year chart below, the 2007-08 period appears to have been a high point for many categories. Note, though, that personal performance bonuses continue to be on the rise. This may be because employers are still willing to grant onetime pay rewards – especially if it helps them avoid agreeing to a higher ongoing pay package.

1t salary fringe benefits, 2009

The Janco survey was in contrast to the Robert Half IT Salary Guide, published in November 2008, which indicated that 2009 IT salaries would rise a modest 3.7 percent.

Indeed, the Janco survey, published in January ‘09 and so deeper into the downturn, presents an overall gloomier aspect of the IT job market. Echoing the headlines, Janco found that many companies have initiated hiring freezes for IT staff, are laying off staff and contractors and are taking another look at outsourcing.

Making the hiring picture still more difficult, some older IT staffers, faced with sharp stock market losses, are choosing to remain in their job rather than retire. And some IT retirees are hoping to reenter the workforce in hopes of replenishing savings portfolios that are now missing a few zeros.

Still, as most top tech recruiters will attest, skilled IT professionals, especially those with business savvy, tend to be in demand over time, regardless of 2009’s dour outlook.

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

Salaries for IT Executives, 2009:

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $146,604 // Total: $171,755

Current Mean:

Base: $145,947 // Total: $163,211

Change: –4.97%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $300,00; change: –10.35%)

VP – Administration

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $87,190 // Total: $100,820

Current Mean:

Base: $82,906 // Total: $93,353

Change: –7.41%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $138,406; change: –0.04%)

VP Consulting Services

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $127,078 // Total: $148,877

Current Mean:

Base: $126,303 // Total: $147,672

Change: –0.81%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $194,596; change: –2.04%)

VP Information Services

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $108,656 // Total: $121,837

Current Mean:

Base: $104,659 // Total: $117,155

Change: –3.84%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $176,192; change: +4.42%)

VP – Technical Services

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $117,026 // Total: $135,155

Current Mean:

Base: $115,498 // Total: $130,542

Change: –3.41%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $200,717; change: +0.52%)

Director – IT Planning

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $107,046 // Total: $115,434

Current Mean:

Base: $91,776 // Total: $97,494

Change: –15.54%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $139,330; change: –9.55%)

Director – Production/Data Center

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $103,871 // Total: $112,648

Current Mean:

Base: $101,640 // Total: $110,207

Change: –2.17%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $150,676; change: –0.74%)

Director – Systems & Programming

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $120,206 // Total: $131,498

Current Mean:

Base: $118,812 // Total: $129,738

Change: –1.34%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $190,290; change: –0.36%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

Salaries for IT Managers, 2009:

Manager – Computer Operations

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $74,030 // Total: $78,678

Current Mean:

Base: $74,082 // Total: $78,672

Change: –0.01%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $119,138; change: +0.02%)

Manager – Customer Service

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $67,116 // Total: $72,514

Current Mean:

Base: $62,567 // Total: $65,954

Change: –9.05%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $110,455; change: –6.81%)

Manager – Data Communications

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $67,406 // Total: $71,998

Current Mean:

Base: $65,004 // Total: $68,046

Change: –5.49%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $76,369; change: –8.78%)

Manager – Data Warehouse

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $59,181 // Total: $63,585

Current Mean:

Base: $52,776 // Total: $55,886

Change: –12.11%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $67,629; change: +1.34%)

Manager – Application Development

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $71,339 // Total: $73,708

Current Mean:

Base: $66,593 // Total: $68,547

Change: –7.00%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $76,613; change: –1.73%)

Manager – Operating Systems Production

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $87,658 // Total: $97,080

Current Mean:

Base: $85,781 // Total: $88,680

Change: –8.65%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $104.609; change: –14.01%)

Manager – Production Services

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $80,295 // Total: $86,193

Current Mean:

Base: $79,416 // Total: $85,014

Change: –1.37%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $120,343; change: –0.36%)

Manager – Production Support

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $81,288 // Total: $89,100

Current Mean:

Base: $78,948 // Total: $86,315

Change: –3.14%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $119,090; change: –0.95%)

Manager – Quality Control

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $53,463 // Total: $56,823

Current Mean:

Base: $50,886 // Total: $53,834

Change: –5.26%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $63,830; change: –1.98%)

Manager – Systems and Programming

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $86,921 // Total: $91,484

Current Mean:

Base: $88,459 // Total: $92,614

Change: +1.24%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $136,535; change: –1.31%)

Manager – Technical Services

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $72,816 // Total: $78,064

Current Mean:

Base: $74,458 // Total: $78,331

Change: +0.34%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $133,130; change: –17.81%)

Manager – Training and Documentation

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $56,814 // Total: $59,155

Current Mean:

Base: $57,801 // Total: $60,236

Change: +1.83%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $88,902; change: +0.56%)

Manager – Voice and Data Communications

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $82,096 // Total: $85,772

Current Mean:

Base: $81,140 // Total: $84,611

Change: –1.35%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $111,110; change: –2.00%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

Salaries for Software Development, 2009:

Programmer/Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $66,595 // Total: $69,178

Current Mean:

Base: $68,000 // Total: $70,649

Change: +2.13%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $130,343; change: +0.54%)

Systems Programmer

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $70,153 // Total: $72,314

Current Mean:

Base: $66,479 // Total: $67,929

Change: –6.06%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $90,745; change: –3.97%)

Software Engineer

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $78,631 // Total: $81,253

Current Mean:

Base: $80,794 // Total: $83,455

Change: +2.71%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $148,281; change: –12.89%)

Object Visual Programmer

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $72,173 // Total: $72,463

Current Mean:

Base: $71,818 // Total: $71,991

Change: –0.65%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $83,614; change: –2.70%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

Salaries for IT Networking Specialists, 2009:

Network Control Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $65,369 // Total: $67,571

Current Mean:

Base: $64,423 // Total: $65,583

Change: –2.94%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $71,503; change: +12.75%)

Senior Network Specialist

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $72,764 // Total: $76,493

Current Mean:

Base: $73,113 // Total: $77,003

Change: –0.67%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $146,737; change: +0.12%)

Network Services Administrator

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $60,512 // Total: $62,446

Current Mean:

Base: $58,485 // Total: $60,682

Change: –2.82%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $89,235; change: –24.54%)

Voice/Wireless Communications Coordinator

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $57,632 // Total: $58,847

Current Mean:

Base: $57,125 // Total: $58,353

Change: –0.84%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $76,145; change: –0.72%)

Network Technician

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $49,084 // Total: $50,708

Current Mean:

Base: $50,676 // Total: $52,505

Change: +3.54%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $82,260; change: –9.46%)

LAN Applications Support Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $51,023 // Total: $52,649

Current Mean:

Base: $50,675 // Total: $51,959

Change: –1.31%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $65,636; change: +3.08%)

Manager – Network Services

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $80,364 // Total: $84,987

Current Mean:

Base: $80,644 // Total: $85,470

Change: –0.57%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $146,045; change: +0.10%)

Supervisor – Network Services

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $69,463 // Total: $71,821

Current Mean:

Base: $66,627 // Total: $69,023

Change: –3.90%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $87,657; change: –0.71%)

Hardware Installations Coordinator

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $50,280 // Total: $50,740

Current Mean:

Base: $50,091 // Total: $50,575

Change: –0.33%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $61,550; change: +2.30%)

Voice/Wireless Communications Manager

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $80,137 // Total: $83,058

Current Mean:

Base: $74,693 // Total: $77,809

Change: –6.32%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $89,984; change: –1.65%)

Project Manager – Network Technical Services

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $76,474 // Total: $80,095

Current Mean:

Base: $62,403 // Total: $66,352

Change: –17.16%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $89,727; change: +0.55%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

Salaries for Support/Supervisory IT Staff, 2009:

Project Manager – Systems

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $89,586 // Total: $93,713

Current Mean:

Base: $88,562 // Total: $92,809

Change: –0.96%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $138,989; change: –0.37%)

Supervisor – Hardware Installations

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $50,748 // Total: $52,739

Current Mean:

Base: $50,640 // Total: $52,717

Change: –0.04%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $61,589; change: +1.77%)

Personal Computer Specialist

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $47,112 // Total: $48,776

Current Mean:

Base: $47,248 // Total: $48,516

Change: –0.53%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $65,151; change: –1.79%)

Systems Support Specialist

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $55,480 // Total: $58,078

Current Mean:

Base: $55,233 // Total: $57,840

Change: –0.41%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $108,562; change: –0.11%)

Librarian

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $38,187 // Total: $40,616

Current Mean:

Base: $41,3164 // Total: $41,496

Change: +3.32%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $54,692; change: +10.95%)

Technical Services Specialist

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $56,100 // Total: $58,320

Current Mean:

Base: $56,027 // Total: $58,524

Change: +0.11%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $84,016; change: +1.88%)

Technical Specialist

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $52,280 // Total: $53,254

Current Mean:

Base: $51,113 // Total: $51,861

Change: –2.61%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $66,343; change: –0.87%)

Project Manager – Distributed Systems

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $88,417 // Total: $95,458

Current Mean:

Base: $86,505 // Total: $92,236

Change: –3.38%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $147,072; change: –0.66%)

Computer Operations – Shift Manager

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $62,129 // Total: $64,306

Current Mean:

Base: $60,018 // Total: $62,095

Change: –3.44%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $66,008; change: –7.49%)

Capacity Planning Supervisor

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $51,846 // Total: $52,180

Current Mean:

Base: $51,780 // Total: $52,158

Change: –0.04%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $57,740; change: –0.06%)

Change Control Supervisor

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $69,963 // Total: $74,384

Current Mean:

Base: $69,430 // Total: $73,535

Change: –1.14%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $90,175; change: –0.29%)

Supervisor – Microcomputer Support

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $66,780 // Total: $69,064

Current Mean:

Base: $62,615 // Total: $64,555

Change: –6.53%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $78,219; change: +1.87%)

Computer Operations – Shift Supervisor

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $50,222 // Total: $50,770

Current Mean:

Base: $45,874 // Total: $46,451

Change: –8.51%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $50,803; change: –2.32%)

Production Services Supervisor

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $71,215 // Total: $74,141

Current Mean:

Base: $68,956 // Total: $72,178

Change: –2.65%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $91,470; change: –1.22%)

Production Manager – Applications

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $81,095 // Total: $85,185

Current Mean:

Base: $79,229 // Total: $83,365

Change: –2.14%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $129,334; change: –0.72%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

Salaries for IT Security Specialists, 2009:

VP – Security (CSO)

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $132,319 // Total: $148,117

Current Mean:

Base: $129,491 // Total: $144,908

Change: –2.17%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $174,746; change: –0.80%)

Manager – Security and Workstations

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $79,873 // Total: $82,864

Current Mean:

Base: $75,329 // Total: $77,832

Change: –6.07%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $104,469; change: +2.48%)

Data Security Administrator

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $66,677 // Total: $69,859

Current Mean:

Base: $66.061 // Total: $69,433

Change: –0.61%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $99,512; change: –0.31%)

Disaster Recovery Coordinator

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $63,454 // Total: $71,779

Current Mean:

Base: $64,322 // Total: $69,988

Change: –2.50%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $93,255; change: –9.11%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

Salaries for IT/Internet Positions, 2009:

Internet Developer

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $71,316 // Total: $74,134

Current Mean:

Base: $70,595 // Total: $72,606

Change: –2.06%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $89,771; change: +0.34%)

Web Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $55,058 // Total: $56,294

Current Mean:

Base: $54,936 // Total: $56,096

Change: –0.35%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $78,069; change: –16.57%)

Manager – Internet Systems

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $89,760 // Total: $91,327

Current Mean:

Base: $88,510 // Total: $86,186

Change: –5.63%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $111,946; change: +4.84%)

Webmaster

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $60,633 // Total: $63,609

Current Mean:

Base: $60,579 // Total: $63,471

Change: –0.22%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $132,397; change: –0.02%)

E-Commerce Specialist

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $60,037 // Total: $61,136

Current Mean:

Base: $62,229 // Total: $63,717

Change: +4.22%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $91,767; change: +1.21%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

Salaries for IT Database Specialists, 2009:

Manager – Database

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $84,961 // Total: $89,226

Current Mean:

Base: $81,852 // Total: $84,868

Change: –4.88%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $124,255; change: +7.57%)

Database Specialist

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $71,532 // Total: $74,460

Current Mean:

Base: $72,058 // Total: $75,109

Change: +0.87%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $133,870; change: +6.56%)

Manager – Data Entry Supervisor

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $44,198 // Total: $45,517

Current Mean:

Base: $43,321 // Total: $44,595

Change: –2.03%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $52,567; change: –3.52%)

Data Center Facility Administrator

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $58,315 // Total: $59,372

Current Mean:

Base: $56,465 // Total: $58,070

Change: –2.78%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $66,665; change: –3.47%)

Data Entry Clerk

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $33,668 // Total: $34,284

Current Mean:

Base: $34,137 // Total: $34,704

Change: +1.23%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $44,510; change: –0.63%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

Salaries for Miscellaneous IT Professionals/Consultants:

IT Planning Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $65,354 // Total: $66,610

Current Mean:

Base: $63,661 // Total: $64,781

Change: –2.74%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $77,106; change: –0.04%)

Change Control Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $50,198 // Total: $52,729

Current Mean:

Base: $50,094 // Total: $51,235

Change: –2.83%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $66,285; change: –0.08%)

Computer Operator

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $42,343 // Total: $42,688

Current Mean:

Base: $41,617 // Total: $42,180

Change: –1.19%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $58,732; change: +0.72%)

Forms and Graphics Designer

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $49,575 // Total: $51,945

Current Mean:

Base: $49,264 // Total: $50,331

Change: –3.11%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $70,524; change: –3.87%)

Operations Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $56,480 // Total: $59,636

Current Mean:

Base: $55,670 // Total: $58,014

Change: –2.72%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $73,050; change: –4.09%)

Production Control Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $61,756 // Total: $62,606

Current Mean:

Base: $60,906 // Total: $61,744

Change: –1.33%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $65,513; change: –2.33%)

Systems Analyst

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $69,926// Total: $71,218

Current Mean:

Base: $69,925 // Total: $71,499

Change: +0.40%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $100,660; change: –2.03%)

Production Control Specialist

Prior Year Mean:

Base: $54,272 // Total: $56,852

Current Mean:

Base: $53,214 // Total: $55,925

Change: –1.63%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $57,248; change: –2.97%)

List of 2009 IT Salaries:

IT Executives // IT Managers // Software Development/Programming // Networking // Support/Supervisory IT Staff // IT Security // Internet // Database // Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants

All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.

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