IT careers have dominated the job market, and for those professionals who have gotten on board, the financial future is looking bright. From iOS/Android developers and data architects to system administrators, IT jobs are in abundance with a nice salary to match. With the constant flow of new gadgets, useful apps, and better medical equipment and systems, companies demand the most qualified individuals to support their businesses and will pay top dollar to get them.
According to Robert Half, IT salaries are projected to increase for a vast majority of professions in 2014. On average, a 3.7% increase is expected, however mobile applications developers, software developers, and others can expect to see nearly an 8% hike. Have SharePoint skills? Add a 12% increase to the national average for your job! These statistics show that technology jobs will have the highest gains of all the fields researched by Robert Half.
Top IT Salary Gains
The top 10 jobs with the greatest projected salary increase in the New Year are those that involve computer science and software development.
1. Pre-Sales Engineer/Technical Engineer
2014 Salary Range: $82,750 – $116,750
Percentage Increase from 2013: 8.4%
2. Mobile Applications Developer
2014 Salary Range: $100,000 – $144,000
Percentage Increase from 2013: 7.8%
3. Software Developer
2014 Salary Range: $80,250 – $127,250
Percentage Increase from 2013: 7.7%
4. Software Engineer
2014 Salary Range: $89,750 – $137,250
Percentage Increase from 2013: 7.5%
5. User Experience Designer
2014 Salary Range: $78,000 – $120,000
Percentage Increase from 2013: 7.5%
6. Business Intelligence Architect
2014 Salary Range: $81,750-$113,750
Percentage Increase from 2013: 7.4%
7. Data Architect
2014 Salary Range: $117,750 – $153,750
Percentage Increase from 2013: 7.2%
8. Developer/Programmer Analyst
2014 Salary Range: $69,250 – $122,750
Percentage Increase from 2013: 7.1%
9. Wireless Network Engineer
2014 Salary Range: $91,500 – $125,250
Percentage Increase from 2013: 7%
10. Network Engineer
2014 Salary Range: $86,250 – $124,250
Percentage Increase from 2013: 6.9%
Skills that Earn More
Having certain skills could grow your paycheck even more, by between 4% and 12%.
Expect to add the below percentage to the nation average if you possess the following skills:
Earn up to 12% more for:
• SharePoint skills
Earn up to 9% more for:
• .NET development skills
• PHP development skills
• Java development skills
• Java EE/J2EE development skills
• C# development skills
Earn up to 8% more for:
• LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySOL, and Perl/PHP/Python) skills
• SAP development skills
• Web services development skills
Earn between 4- 7% more for these other in-demand skills:
• Business Objects skills
• Hyperion skills
• Windows 7 Skills
• AJAX (Asynchronous Java Script and XML) development skills
• Visual Basic development skills
• Cold Fusion development skills
How are salary projections compiled?
Robert Half collects their data by polling 1,000 recruiters around the country, who answer based on 2013 placements and local market trends. Technology is one area that Robert Half releases guides for, but salary information for accounting/finance, legal, creative, and administrative fields are distributed as well. Over 700 jobs are included in the guides.
Due to the surveying of recruiters in over 240 locations, some professions may have a substantial salary range as data is being collected from cities that vary greatly in IT job supply and demand. The starting salaries used in projections are based on pre-negotiated salaries. Average advertised salaries may differ from actual pay offered for a technology job based on local demand.
Negotiating a Higher Salary
Should you find yourself in a situation where you are offered a low number, don’t be afraid to negotiate to earn as much as you deserve. Know your current market value based on your location, which can be found on websites, such as salary.com and indeed.com. You can also make a good case for yourself by informing the company about how you will save them money using specific examples.
In addition to monetary compensations, many tech firms are also offering other benefits, including professional development, extended family leave, on-site health services, travel opportunities, and fresh food. The perks may offset not being at the top of the pay range for some individuals.
Take advantage of the current market and find yourself with a heavier paycheck. Contact MAS Technology Staffing at 800-657-6517 to learn more about IT job opportunities!