IT Salary Guide 2013

Thursday May 16th 2013 by James Maguire
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IT Salary Guide 2013

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It terms of IT salary levels, it is the best of times and the worst of times, to paraphrase Charles Dickens.

The good news/bad news IT salary picture reflects the tipsy-turvy tech world. The tech sector constantly reinvents itself, devouring the new, casting aside the old. IT pay levels are as economically sensitive as the tech companies that compete in this chaotic space.

So what do you want first, the good news or the bad news? Let’s start with the positive about IT paychecks.

IT Salary: The Good News

This year’s IT salary guide shows clear upward movement. Last year seemed to put the glum economic downturn behind us, at least in terms of tech salaries. And this year continues that trend quite nicely.

But still, what a downturn it was – the IT market is still recovering. I'm sure you remember: After the 2008 shock to the financial markets, companies reined in hiring sharply. By the dark trough year of 2010, IT salaries either went down – a rarity in tech history – or merely kept up with inflation.

But this 2013 IT Salary Guide shows things looking downright sunny. Perhaps that was inevitable. Companies cannot avoid one central fact: tech expertise is essential to competing in today’s marketplace. The IT pro, often unsung, keeps the bells and whistles tuned and working. Consequently, you now hear reports of firms offering sweet benefit packages: creative perks along with handsome paychecks, sometimes with professional development thrown in as a sweetner.

The best news for IT salaries: the need for top tech talent is expected to increase in the years ahead. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs for Web developers, computer network architects and cybersecurity experts will bloom an impressive 22 percent between 2010 and 2020 – outstripping the average for all job titles. Particularly impressive: database administrators will see a robust 31 percent job growth in this period, according to the BLS.

Research from Robert Half Technology – the source of this article's IT salary numbers – indicates that “the pool of available candidates continues to shrink, while demand for technology experts is climbing.”

The hot areas: Big Data, cloud computing, mobile and virtualization. Naturally, budget-conscious firms will try to stretch IT pros as far as possible. These hefty workloads will lead to churn in the job market, as professionals grow disenchanted with understaffed work environments. In turn, this will create openings – forcing IT salary negotiation opportunities. It will also keep the perennially healthy job market for IT contractors alive and thriving.

Skip through this article's list of IT salaries and you’ll see some real winners in this years budget increases.

Mobile applications developer – a red hot job title – command a whopping 9% over 2012’s average salary. And that was on top of a 9.1% increase last year. Better still: the average IT salary for mobile app coders is boosted if that coder has any of a long array of special skills. These skills include AJAX, Java, LAMP, PHP, and Sharepoint.

Also doing not too shabby are Network Engineers, who are enjoying a 7.8% increase over 2012’s average. This was on top of a 5.8% increase the year prior – clearly Network Engineer are far outstripping inflation. Again, special skills add to the salary; paychecks bump up for expertise in Windows 7, Cisco Admin, Linux/Unix and VoIP.

IT Salary: A Note of Gloom

So we’ve seen that IT salary levels have been trending up. But what about the lingering pessimism about the economy? Some dismiss such worries, pointing to the consistent, modest growth in the economy. Yet the graphic below points to a worrying trend:

IT salary, 2013 IT salary

The graphic is courtesy Janco Associates, whose CEO, MV Janulaitis, pointed out that BLS data indicates a continued slowing in current IT job creation (in contrast with the BLS's rosy longterm IT job forecasts).

“According to the BLS there were only 4,600 jobs created for IT professionals – down from 11,700 created in January," Janulaitis said. "The impact of the sequester is part of the cause, the others are that no manufacturing jobs were added in April and the uncertainty of new taxes. In addition, more people continue to remain out of the job market with the lowest participation rate since 1979 – even as the published unemployment rate goes down.”

The stock market – at the moment – suggests that American business is in the pink. However, he opines, “There is concern that the pace of the recovery is too slow to generate sufficient demand for new technology and systems which would result in more IT pros being hired.”

So there you go: the IT salary picture can be viewed with pessimism or optimism. What’s your take? Voice your view about current IT salary levels in the Comments section below.

 IT SALARY 2013 GUIDE (IT salaries listed by job title)

IT salary: 2013 average starting IT salaries, with regional differences in paycheck, factoring in specialty tech skills:

Chief Technology Officer

Information Technology Manager

Developer/Programmer Analyst

Lead Applications Developer

Software Engineer

Mobile Applications Developer

Systems Administrator

Database Manager

Web Developer

Network Engineer

Project Manager/Senior Consultant

Systems Security Administrator

Help Desk Manager

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

2013 average salary range: $125,500 – $195,500.

 

• The 2013 average salary is a 3.9% increase over this job's 2012 salary range, which was $120,750 – $188,250.

• The 2012 salary range was a 3.6% increase over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $116,500 – $181,750.

• The 2011 salary range was a 4.3% increase of  over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $111,750 – $174,250.

• The 2010 salary range was a 0.9% increase over this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $110,250 – $173,250.

• The 2009 salary range was a 4% increase over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $107,250 – $165,250.

• The 2008 salary range was a 5.2% increase over this job’s 2007 salary range, which was $101,000 – $157,750.

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Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Information Technology Manager

2013 average salary range: $94,000 – $134,000.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 3.3% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $91,000 – $130,750.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 3.0% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $88,250 – $127,000.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 2.5% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $85,750 – $124,250.

• The 2010 salary range was a decrease of 2.4% under this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $88,750 – $126,500.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 3.1% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $86,750 – $122,000.

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Developer/Programmer Analyst

2013 average salary range: $64,750 – $114,500.


• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 6.5% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $60,750 – $107,500.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 5.2% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $57,750 – $102,250.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 2.4% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $57,000 – $99,250.

• The 2010 salary range was a decrease of 2.8% under this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $60,000 – $100,750.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 4.2% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $57,500 – $96,750.

• The 2008 salary range was an increase of 6.0% over this job’s 2007 salary range, which was $55,250 – $90,750.

• The 2006 salary range was an increase of 4.6% over this job’s 2005 salary range, which was $52,500 – $83,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 6% for AJAX development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

• Add 7% for Business Object skills (no change from 2012; down from 8% in 2011)

• Add 9% for C# development skills (up from 8% in 2012; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 4% for C++ development skills (down from 5% in 2012)

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills (no change from 2012)

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills (up from 8% in 2012; up from 7% in 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for LAMP skills (up from 7% in 2012; no change from 2011)

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (no change from 2012; up from 10% in 2011)

• Add 8% for .NET development skills (no change from 2012; up from 7% in 2011)

• Add 9% for PHP development skills (up from 8% in 2012; no change from 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for SAP development skills (on change from 2012 or 2011)

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development skills (no change from 2012; down from 5% in 2009).

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Lead Applications Developer

2013 average salary range: $94,000 – $130,000.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 5.3% over this job’s 2012 range, which was $89,250 – $123,500.

• The 2012 salary range is an increase of 5.1% over this job’s 2011 range, which was $85,000 – $117,500.

• The 2011 salary range is an increase of 4.7% over this job’s 2010 range, which was $81,500 – $112,000.

• The 2011 salary range is an increase of 4.7% over this job’s 2010 range, which was $81,500 – $112,000.

• The 2010 salary range was a 1.4% decrease under this job’s 2009 range, which was $83,250 – $113,000.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 4.2% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $80,250 – $108,000.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 6% for AJAX development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

• Add 7% for Business Object skills (no change from 2012; down from 8% in 2011)

• Add 9% for C# development skills (up from 8% in 2012; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 4% for C++ development skills (down from 5% in 2012)

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills (no change from 2012)

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills (up from 8% in 2012; up from 7% in 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for LAMP skills (up from 7% in 2012; no change from 2011)

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (no change from 2012; up from 10% in 2011)

• Add 8% for .NET development skills (no change from 2012; up from 7% in 2011)

• Add 9% for PHP development skills (up from 8% in 2012; no change from 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for SAP development skills (on change from 2012 or 2011)

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development skills (no change from 2012; down from 5% in 2009).

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Software Engineer

2013 average salary range: $83,500 – $127,750.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 6.8% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $78,250 – $119,500.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 6.6% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $73,500 – $112,000.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 4.1% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $71,250 – $107,000.

• The 2010 salary range was a 1.1% decrease under this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $72,000 – $108,250.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 3.7% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $69,250 – $104,500.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 4% for ASP development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 5% in 2009)

• Add 9% for C# development skills (up from 8% in 2012; no change from 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 4% for C++ development skills (down from 5% in 2012)

• Add 5% for DCOM/COM/ActiveX development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011, down from 6% in 2010; down from 8% in 2009)

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills (up from 8% in 2012; up from 7% in 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for .NET development skills (up from 7% in 2011; this was 8% in 2009)

• Add 8% for PHP development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 5% in 2009)

• Add 8% for Web services development skills (no change from 2012; up from 7% in 2011; up from 6% in 2010; this was 7% in 2009).

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Mobile Applications Developer

2013 average salary range: $92,750 – $133,500.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 9% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $85,000 – $122,500.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 9.1% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $78,000 – $112,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 6% for AJAX development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

• Add 7% for Business Object skills (no change from 2012; down from 8% in 2011)

• Add 9% for C# development skills (up from 8% in 2012; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 4% for C++ development skills (down from 5% in 2012)

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills (no change from 2012)

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills (up from 8% in 2012; up from 7% in 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for LAMP skills (up from 7% in 2012; no change from 2011)

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (no change from 2012; up from 10% in 2011)

• Add 8% for .NET development skills (no change from 2012; up from 7% in 2011)

• Add 9% for PHP development skills (up from 8% in 2012; no change from 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for SAP development skills (on change from 2012 or 2011)

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development skills (no change from 2012; down from 5% in 2009).

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Systems Administrator

2013 average salary range: $59,500 – $92,500.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 5.7% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $56,250 – $87,500.

• The 2012 salary range is an increase of 5.5% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $53,250 – $83,000.

• The 2011 salary range is an increase of 3.6% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $51,250 – $80,250.

• The 2010 salary range was a 2.8% decrease under this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $52,750 – $82,500.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 3.6% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $51,750 – $78,750.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 5% for Basis administration skills (no change from 2012; down from 7% in 2010)

• Add 9% for Cisco Network administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 12% in 2009);

• Add 8% for Linux/Unix administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 10% in 2009);

• Add 10% for virtualization skills (up from 9% in 2012; up from 7% in 2010)

• Add 4% for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/XP/Vista skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 6% in 2010; down from 8% in 2009).

• Add 6% for Windows Server 2008 skills (no change from 2012)

• Add 7% for Windows 7 skills (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Database Manager

2013 average salary range: $101,750 – $140,750.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 5.4% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $96,500 – $133,500.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 4.3% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $92,500 – $128,000.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 3.8% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $90,000 – $122,500.

• The 2010 salary range was a 2.5% decrease under this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $91,500 – $126,500.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 3.1% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $88,750 – $122,750.

• The 2008 salary range was an increase of 5.4% over this job’s 2007 salary range, which was $84,750 – $116,000.

• The 2007 salary range was an increase of 2.6% over this job’s 2006 salary range, which was $81,250 – $110,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 5% for IBM DB2 database skills (no change from 2012 or 2011)

• Add 9% for Oracle database skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 10% for Microsoft SQL Server database skills (no change from 2012 0r 2011; down from 12% in 2009)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

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IT Salary: Web Developer

2013 average salary range: $65,750 – $106,500.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 7.3% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $61,250 – $99,250.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 5.4% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $58,000 – $94,250.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 4.6% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $57,500 – $88,000.

• The 2010 salary range was a 2.8% decrease under this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $60,000 – $89,750.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 4.4% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $57,250 – $86,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 6% AJAX development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

• Add 4% for Active Server Page development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 5% in 2009)

• Add 9% for C# development skills (up from 8% in 2012; no change from 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 5% for Cold Fusion development skills (no change from 2012; up from 4% in 2011)

• Add 5% for DCOM/COM/ActiveX development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011)

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills (up from 8% in 2012; up from 7% in 2011)

• Add 8% for LAMP development skills (up from 7% in 2012 and 2011; up from 6% in 2010)

• Add 8% for .NET development skills (no change from 2012; up from 7% in 2011)

• Add 9% for PHP development skills (up from 8% in 2012 and 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (no change from 2012; up from 11% in 2011; up from 10% in 2010 and 2009)

• Add 10% for virtualization skills (up from 9% in 2012; up from 8% in 2011; up from 7% in 2010 and 2009)

• Add 8% for Web services development skills (no change from 2012; up from 7% in 2011; up from 6% in 2010)

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Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

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Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Network Engineer

2013 average salary range: $80,750 – $116,250.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 7.8% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $75,000 – $107,750.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 5.8% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $71,000 – $101,750.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 3% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $69,250 – $98,500.

• The 2010 salary range was an increase of 0.3% over this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $69,750 – $97,500.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 4.0% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $67,250 – $93,500.

• The 2008 salary range was an increase of 3% over this job’s 2007 salary range, which was $65,750 – $90,250.

• The 2007 salary range was an increase of 3.3% over this job’s 2006 salary range, which was $61,250 – $88,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 9% for Cisco network administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 12% in 2009)

• Add 8% for LINUX/UNIX administration skills (no change from 2012, 2010 or 2010; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 9% in 2010; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 4% for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 6% in 2010; down from 8% in 2009)

• Add 7% for Windows Server 2008 skills (no change from 2012; up from 6% in 2011)

• Add 7% for Windows 7 skills

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Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

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Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Project Manager/Senior Consultant

2013 average salary range: $89,000 – $127,750.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 5.0% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $84,750 – $121,750.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 4.0% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $81,500 – $117,000.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 2.8% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $79,500 – $113,500.

• The 2010 salary range was an increase of 0.5% over this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $79,750 – $112,250.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 3.1% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $76,500 – $111,500.

• The 2008 salary range was an increase of 5% over this job’s 2007 salary range, which was $72,750 – $106,250.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 6% for AJAX development skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

• Add 7% for Business Object skills (no change from 2012; down from 8% in 2011)

• Add 9% for C# development skills (up from 8% in 2012; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 4% for C++ development skills (down from 5% in 2012)

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills (no change from 2012)

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills (up from 8% in 2012; up from 7% in 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for LAMP skills (up from 7% in 2012; no change from 2011)

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (no change from 2012; up from 10% in 2011)

• Add 8% for .NET development skills (no change from 2012; up from 7% in 2011)

• Add 9% for PHP development skills (up from 8% in 2012; no change from 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 8% for SAP development skills (on change from 2012 or 2011)

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development skills (no change from 2012; down from 5% in 2009).

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Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

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Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Systems Security Administrator

2013 average salary range: $89,500 – $123,750.

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 5.0% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $85,250 – $117,750.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 4.6% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $81,500 – $112,500.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 4% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $78,250 – $108,250.

• The 2010 salary range was an increase of 0.3% over this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $78,000 – $108,000.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 5.1% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $73,500 – $103,500.

• The 2008 salary range was an increase of 4% over this job’s 2007 salary range, which was $70,500 – $99,750.

• The 2007 salary range was an increase of 3.9% over this job’s 2006 salary range, which was $67,500 – $92,750.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 7% for CheckPoint Firewall administration skills (no change from 2012; down from 8% in 2011; down from 9% in 2010; down from 10% in 2009)

• Add 9% Cisco network administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 12% in 2009)

• Add 8% for LINUX/UNIX administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 10% in 2009)

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Note:The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

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Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

IT Salary: Help Desk Manager

2013 average salary range: $72,750 – $103,750.

 

• The 2013 salary range is an increase of 4.0% over this job’s 2012 salary range, which was $70,000 – $99,750.

• The 2012 salary range was an increase of 3.0% over this job’s 2011 salary range, which was $68,000 – $96,750.

• The 2011 salary range was an increase of 3.5% over this job’s 2010 salary range, which was $66,500 – $92,750.

• The 2010 salary range was a decrease of 2.2% under this job’s 2009 salary range, which was $68,000 – $94,750.

• The 2009 salary range was an increase of 3.5% over this job’s 2008 salary range, which was $65,250 – $92,000.

• The 2008 salary range was an increase of 4.3% over this job’s 2007 salary range, which was $62,500 – $88,250.

• The 2007 salary range was an increase of 2.8% over this job’s 2006 salary range, which was $59,000 – $85,500.

Add a salary increase for the following skills:

• Add 5% for Basis administration skills (no change from 2012; down from 7% in 2010)

• Add 9% for Cisco Network administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 12% in 2009);

• Add 8% for Linux/Unix administration skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 10% in 2009);

• Add 10% for virtualization skills (up from 9% in 2012; up from 7% in 2010)

• Add 4% for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/XP/Vista skills (no change from 2012 or 2011; down from 6% in 2010; down from 8% in 2009).

• Add 6% for Windows Server 2008 skills (no change from 2012)

• Add 7% for Windows 7 skills (no change from 2012)

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Note: The IT salary numbers listed above are national averages.

Be aware that IT salary levels are up to 30% higher in large cities on the east and west coasts, roughly average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware), and about average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South. Exceptions to this abound, however. In the Mountain West city of Boulder, for instance, IT salaries are 13 percent higher than average.

More specifically, here’s how 2013 IT salaries in major metropolitan areas compare to the average:

• Atlanta: 5% higher (no change from 2012)

• Boston: 33% higher (up from 32% in 2012)

• Chicago: 23% higher (no change from 2012)

• Dallas/Houston: 5-6% higher (up from 3-5% in 2012)

• Irvine: 24% higher (no change from 2012)

• Los Angeles: 25% higher (up from 24% in 2012)

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher (no change from 2012)

• New York, NY: 41% higher (no change from 2012)

• Philadelphia: 15% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Diego: 18% higher (up from 15% in 2012)

• San Francisco: 35% higher (no change from 2012)

• San Jose: 33% higher (no change from 2012)

• Seattle: 19% higher (no change from 2012)

• Stamford: 31% higher (no change from 2012)

• Washington, DC: 30% higher (no change from 2012)

RETURN TO LIST OF 2013 IT SALARIES

Additional IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary Guide 2012

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. To request a copy of the complete Robert Half Salary Guide, which includes salary ranges for more than 60 different job titles, in the U.S. and Canada, click here.

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