IT Salary Guide 2014

Tuesday Nov 5th 2013 by James Maguire
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IT salary levels for developers, system administrators, project managers and more. Plus: IT salary levels based on location and special skills.

Also see: IT Salary 2015: Developers to Help Desk to Project Managers

Clearly, this year’s IT salaries show that the tech sector is feeling positive. Quite positive.

You may remember – it seems distant now – the 2008 financial crash put a big damper on hiring. IT salaries were flat, job openings were few. Headlines were grim.

But these days? The tech sector is partying like it’s 1999. For many positions, 2014 IT salaries are up a robust 5 percent over last year. Paychecks for Project Managers have risen an impressive 6 percent. Even better: Network Architects are up 6.8 percent, Developer/Programmer Analysts have jumped 7.1 percent, mobile app developers are getting 7.8 percent more. This in a period when core inflation is tame (or so the government numbers tell us).

Even unsung Technical Writer are seeing a 3.2 percent boost. And when’s the last time anyone read the manual?

Better yet for IT salaries, companies now need to compete for tech talent. My favorite part of this year’s Robert Half Salary Guide – the source for these IT salary numbers – is the section advising companies on how to hire tech talent. The tone is decidedly aggressive.

Don’t wait to extend an offer, the Guide advises, “a delay of even a day or two can cost you.” Employers must make themselves attractive to talent, the Guide recommends. It’s not enough to offer an attractive salary and bonus package – firms must tell prospective IT hires about their other advantages, like flexible work arrangements or training options.

This nugget of advice is almost desperate: “Remain in touch while the applicant is considering the offer, and even after he or she accepts it, so you can reinforce your enthusiasm about this individual joining your firm.”

And the IT staff appreciation doesn’t stop there. The Guide’s section on retaining top tech talent is just as serious about being supportive toward IT staff. It lists seven perks that firms use to keep tech pros on board. The list includes some standards, like professional development and family leave; it goes up a few notches with on-site health services and fresh food. And then – incredibly – notes that some employers offer housecleaning and a stipend for vacation travel.

Free housecleaning? Cash for vacation trips? Tech talent, are you feeling loved yet? Suffice it to say, these terms of endearment were nowhere to be found in the dark days of 2008-2009.

Will the good times last? In the ever-changing tech sector, fortunes change as fast as the latest iPad specs. New and emerging technologies constantly shift the job picture. And tech companies are economically sensitive; a few downbeat headlines and firms could rein in datacenter spending.

The upside: even back in those economically downbeat years of 2008-2009, tech talent was being hired. Despite tales of woe from employers, the world stops turning when tech stops functioning. If you know how develop and/or manage software or hardware or IT projects, you’ll find job openings at attractive salary levels.

Take a look at this year’s IT salary levels:

(Please note: These IT salary numbers are for starting pay only. Factors like seniority and performance reports are impossible to calculate.)

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

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

2014 average salary range: $132,250 – $205,750.

• The 2014 salary is a 5.3% increase over this job's 2013 salary range, which was $125,500 – $195,500.

• The 2013 salary was 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.

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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Information Technology Manager

2014 average salary range: $99,000 – $142,250.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 5.3% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $94,000 – $135,000.

• The 2013 salary range was 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.

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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Developer/Programmer Analyst

2014 average salary range: $69,250 – $122,750.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 7.1% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $64,750 – $114,500.

• The 2013 salary range was 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

• Add 7% for Business Object skills

• Add 9% for C# development skills

• Add 5% for C++ development skills

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills

• Add 8% for LAMP skills

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills

• Add 9% for .NET development skills

• Add 9% for PHP development skills

• Add 8% for SAP development skills

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Lead Applications Developer

2013 average salary range: $99,750 – $137,750.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 6% over this job’s 2013 range, which was $94,000 – $130,000.

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

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

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

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

• The 2010 salary range was a decrease of 1.4% 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

• Add 7% for Business Object skills

• Add 9% for C# development skills

• Add 5% for C++ development skills

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills

• Add 8% for LAMP skills

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills

• Add 9% for .NET development skills

• Add 9% for PHP development skills

• Add 8% for SAP development skills

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Software Engineer

2014 average salary range: $89,750 – $137,250.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 7.5% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $83,500 – $127,750.

• The 2013 salary range was 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 decrease of 1.1% 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 5% for ASP development skills

• Add 9% for C# development skills

• Add 4% for C++ development skills

• Add 5% for DCOM/COM/ActiveX development skills

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills

• Add 9% for .NET development skills

• Add 9% for PHP development skills

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development skills

• Add 8% for Web services development 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Mobile Applications Developer

2014 average salary range: $100,000 – $144,000.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 7.8% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $92,750 – $133,500.

• The 2013 salary range was 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

• Add 7% for Business Object skills

• Add 9% for C# development skills

• Add 5% for C++ development skills

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills

• Add 8% for LAMP skills

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills

• Add 9% for .NET development skills

• Add 9% for PHP development skills

• Add 8% for SAP development skills

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Systems Administrator

2014 average salary range: $62,250 – $96,500.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 4.4% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $59,500 – $92,500.

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

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

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

• The 2010 salary range was a decrease of 2.8% 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

• Add 9% for Cisco Network administration skills

• Add 9% for Linux/Unix administration skills

• Add 10% for virtualization skills

• Add 5% for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/XP/Vista skills

• Add 6% for Windows Server 2008 skills

• Add 7% for Windows 7 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Database Manager

2014 average salary range: $107,750 – $149,000.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 5.9% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $101,750 – $140,750.

• The 2013 salary range was 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 4% for IBM DB2 database skills

• Add 9% for Oracle database skills

• Add 10% for Microsoft SQL Server database 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Web Developer

2014 average salary range: $70,000 – $113,500.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 6.5% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $65,750 – $106,500.

• The 2013 salary range was 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 decrease of 2.8% 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

• Add 5% ASP development skills

• Add 9% for C# development skills

• Add 4% for Cold Fusion development skills

• Add 7% for Content Management system (CMS) skills

• Add 5% for DCOM/COM/ActiveX development skills

• Add 9% for Java/Java EE development skills

• Add 8% for LAMP development skills

• Add 9% for .NET development skills

• Add 9% for PHP development skills

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills

• Add 10% for virtualization skills

• Add 8% for Web services development 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Network Engineer

2014 average salary range: $86,250 – $124,250.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 6.9% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $80,750 – $116,250.

• The 2013 salary range was 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

• Add 9% for LINUX/UNIX administration skills

• Add 8% for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) administration skills

• Add 4% for Windows 2000/2003/XP/Vista administration skills

• Add 6% for Windows Server 2008 skills

• Add 7% for Windows 7 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Project Manager/Senior Consultant

2014 average salary range: $94,500 – $135,500.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 6.1% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $89,000 – $127,750.

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

• The 2013 salary range was 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.

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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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Systems Security Administrator

2014 average salary range: $95,250 – $131,500.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 6.3% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $89,500 – $123,750.

• The 2013 salary range was 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

• Add 9% Cisco network administration skills

• Add 9% for LINUX/UNIX administration 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

Help Desk Manager

2014 average salary range: $76,500 – $109,000.

• The 2014 salary range is an increase of 5.1% over this job’s 2013 salary range, which was $72,750 – $103,750.

• The 2013 salary range was 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

• Add 9% for Cisco Network administration skills

• Add 9% for Linux/Unix administration skills

• Add 10% for virtualization skills

• Add 5% for Windows 2000/Windows 2003/XP/Vista skills

• Add 6% for Windows Server 2008 skills

• Add 7% for Windows 7 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

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 2014 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

• Irvine: 24.5% higher

• Los Angeles: 25% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 6.7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher

• San Diego: 18.5% higher

• San Francisco: 35.5% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 18.9% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30.5% higher

Salary data courtesy of Robert Half Technology. 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.

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