The 2012 IT Salary Guide

Monday Oct 24th 2011 by James Maguire
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The IT Salary Guide lists salaries for various IT professionals, from software developers to IT managers to systems administrators. It also lists salary increases for specialty IT skill sets.

 GO TO 2012 IT SALARY GUIDE (list of IT salaries).

Also see: The 2011 IT Salary Guide

As I’ve posted the IT salary survey the last few years, I’ve had to struggle to find a positive spin. The economic downturn hasn’t been kind to IT salaries.

Last year, for instance, I was able to point out that IT salaries were headed upward. But really, they were just making up ground lost since the recession began. When you factor in inflation, growth in IT salaries has hovered between modest and anemic in recent yearss.

In contrast, 2012 IT salary levels are truly a cup of hot coffee. Application architects, for instance, see a healthy 5.8 percent boost in 2012. Database Managers store away a 4.3 percent raise, Developer/Programmer Analysts enjoy a 5.2 percent jump, and Lead Application Developers bring home 5.1 percent more. Not bad.

The hottest field – new to this list: Mobile Application Developers, a bunch of red-hot coders who are riding a walloping 9.1 percent boost. I’ll have another cup, please!

Based on a report from Robert Half Technology – the source of these IT salary numbers – “IT hiring has shifted into higher gear within many firms.” Companies are looking to recruit mid- and senior-level IT professionals, especially those who are savvy about business strategy.

This focus on recruiting applicants who offer both business and IT skills has been a key theme these past few years. In fact it’s been repeated ad naseum. That either means A) the suits want everyone to be like them, or B) IT professionals are now asked to do more and more – not just tech, but budgets and strategy as well.

Also in demand: systems and networking engineers (experts in cloud computing and SaaS and virtualization), developers (.NET, Java, PHP, Silverlight, Flex and MySQL), quality assurance professionals and business analysts (with more bucks for IT projects, quality and smart strategy are needed) data warehousing and BI pros (to handle and interpret the ocean of data) and – as always – security pros (a quarter of CIOs say security is their top concern).

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Here’s another way to look at the top technical skills in demand. This list is based on a Robert Half Technology survey of more than 1600 CIOs:

64% Network administration

51% Database management

46% Desktop support

42% Windows administration

38% Wireless network management

35% Web development/design

28% Telecommunications support

25% Virtualizatin

22% Business Intelligence

15% ERP implementation

Here are the certifications most in demand when negotiating IT salary:

Cisco certifications (CCNA and CCIE), Linux certifications (RHCE), Microsoft certifications (MCITP, MCSE, MCTS, MCPD), Project Management certifications (PMP), Security certifications (CISSP, CCSA, CCSE), and VMware certifications (VCP).

IT Salary: A (Possible) Ray of Sunshine

A key indicator I watch appears to have turned positive: the number of tech job openings listed at Dice.com.

At its height before the downturn, it hosted some 90,000 jobs. That number slid depressingly all the way down to around 50,000 as companies got scared in the recession.

Now I see it’s rebuilt back up to 84,000 (last year at this time: 74,000). I’m not going to start cheering – it’s hard to cheer in this economy. But I’ll throw caution to the wind and say things appear to be heading in the right direction. At least at the moment.

Bottom line: IT salary levels show that IT pros are some of the better paid members of the working world. And they earn it!

To view average starting IT salaries, go to the 2012 IT SALARY GUIDE (list of IT salaries).

See the 2012 average starting IT salary, with regional differences in salary and the value of 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

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Chief Technology Officer

2012 average salary range: $120,750 – $188,250.

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

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

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

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

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

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Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Information Technology Manager

2012 average salary range: $91,000 – $130,750.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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.

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Developer/Programmer Analyst

2012 average salary range: $60,750 – $107,500.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

• Add 7% for Business Object skills (down from 8% in 2011)

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

• Add 5% for C++ development skills (no change from 2011)

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills (no change from 2011)

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

• Add 7% for LAMP skills (no change from 2011)

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (up from 10% in 2011);

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

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

• Add 8% for SAP development skills (no change from 2011)

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

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Lead Applications Developer

2012 average salary range: $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 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

• Add 7% for Business Object skills (down from 8% in 2011)

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

• Add 5% for C++ development skills (no change from 2011)

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills (no change from 2011)

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

• Add 7% for LAMP skills (no change from 2011)

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (up from 10% in 2011);

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

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

• Add 8% for SAP development skills (no change from 2011)

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

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Software Engineer

2012 average salary range: $78,250 – $119,500.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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 2011; down from 5% in 2009)

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

• Add 5% for C++ development skills (no change from 2011)

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

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

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

• Add 8% for Web services development skills (up from 7% in 2011; up from 6% in 2010; this was 7% in 2009).

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

 

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Mobile Applications Developer

2012 average salary range: $85,000 – $122,500.

• The 2012 salary range is 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 8% for C# development skills

• Add 5% for C++ development skills

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills • Add 8% for Java/Java EE development skills

• Add 7% for LAMP skills

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills

• Add 8% for .NET development skills

• Add 8% for PHP development skills

• Add 8% for SAP development skills

• Add 4% for Visual Basic development skills

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Systems Administrator

2012 average salary range: $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 (down from 7% in 2010)

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

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

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

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

• Add 6% for Windows Server 2008 skills

• Add 7% for Windows 7 skills

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

 

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

 

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Database Manager

2012 average salary range: $96,500 – $133,500.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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 2011)

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

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

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Web Developer

2012 average salary range: $61,250 – $99,250.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

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

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

• Add 5% for Cold Fusion development skills (up from 4% in 2011)

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

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

• Add 7% for LAMP development skills (no change from 2011; up from 6% in 2010)

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

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

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (up from 11% in 2011; up from 10% in 2010 and 2009)

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

• Add 8% for Web services development skills (up from 7% in 2011; up from 6% in 2010)

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Network Engineer

2012 average salary range: $75,000 – $107,750.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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 2011; down from 12% in 2009)

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

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

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

• Add 7% for Windows Server 2008 skills (up from 6% in 2011)

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

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• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Project Manager/Senior Consultant

2012 average salary range: $84,750 – $121,750.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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 2011; down from 7% in 2009)

• Add 7% for Business Object skills (down from 8% in 2011)

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

• Add 5% for C++ development skills (no change from 2011)

• Add 7% for Hyperion skills (no change from 2011)

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

• Add 7% for LAMP skills (no change from 2011)

• Add 12% for Microsoft SharePoint skills (up from 10% in 2011);

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

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

• Add 8% for SAP development skills (no change from 2011)

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

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Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

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More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Systems Security Administrator

2012 average salary range: $85,250 – $117,750.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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 (deom from 8% in 2011; down from 9% in 2010; down from 10% in 2009)

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

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

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Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

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IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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.

Job Title: Help Desk Manager

2012 average salary range: $70,000 – $99,750.

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

• The 2011 salary range is 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 (down from 7% in 2010)

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

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

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

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

• Add 6% for Windows Server 2008 skills

• Add 7% for Windows 7 skills

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Note: Since these numbers are national averages, adjust them based on your city or region.

IT Salary levels are – approximately – 10% to 30% higher in the Northeast; about average in the South Atlantic (Florida to Delaware); average to modestly lower in the Midwest, Mountain west, and South; and 5% to 30% higher on the West coast.

IT salaries in major metropolitan areas are higher than the national average. For instance, in the following cities they are:

• Atlanta: 5% higher

• Boston: 32% higher

• Chicago: 23% higher

• Dallas/Houston: 3-5% higher

• Irvine: 24% higher

• Los Angeles: 24% higher

• Miami/Fort Lauderdale: 7% higher

• New York, NY: 41% higher

• Philadelphia: 15% higher • San Diego: 15% higher

• San Francisco: 35% higher

• San Jose: 33% higher

• Seattle: 19% higher

• Stamford: 31% higher

• Washington, DC: 30% higher

GO BACK TO LIST OF 2012 IT SALARIES

More IT Salary Resources:

IT Salary (a variety of IT salary resources)

2011 IT Salary Guide

How Not to Get an IT Job: 10 Tips

25 IT Job Sites (and an Effective Formula)

• Search for IT Jobs at JustTechjobs.com

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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