IT Leads in Pay Growth – More to Come

Susan Hall

On top of Robert Half International’s projection that tech salaries will rise on average 5.3 percent next year, a report by salary site PayScale finds pay growth in tech among the highest of any sector. It looked at salaries by city, industry, company size and job category.

IT jobs logged a 4.5 percent increase since the third quarter of 2011. The category “information, media and telecommunications,” which includes software development, and “professional, scientific and tech services” together showed a 4.1 percent increase, GeekWire reports.

Other findings:

  • Houston was the city with the most wage growth across all sectors.
  • Seattle, San Francisco and Boston, all tech powerhouses, showed wage growth of more than 3 percent.
  • Wages for jobs overall grew more at small companies (1.5 percent) than at large employers (1.1 percent).

And among the tidbits from the Robert Half report:

  • CIO salaries are expected to increase by 4.1 percent from a range of $139,750– $225,500 to $145,500 – $234,750 in 2013.
  • The biggest increase is expected for mobile developers, whose starting pay is projected to rise by 9 percent from a range of $85,000 – $122,500 to $92,750 – $133,500 in 2013.

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Oct 11, 2012 10:02 PM R. Lawson R. Lawson  says:
"CIO salaries are expected to increase by 4.1 percent from a range of $139,750– $225,500 to $145,500 – $234,750 in 2013." The average CEO brings in some 400 times the average employee. The average CIO (if the numbers here are right) is probably double the average IT employee. Lets call that 5 times the average employee. So everyone's in agreement then. One CEO is worth 80 times the average CIO? And 160 times the average IT employee? Unless a CEO has skin in the game and founded the company, that's just wrong. (imho) Reply
Oct 12, 2012 3:48 AM hoapres hoapres  says:
I don't believe it. 1. Robert Half has a pretty POOR reputation in Silicon Valley. That is hardly unique as most recruiting agencies are considered of dubious value by tech seekers. You can't take a Robert Half too seriously when most Silicon Valley employers won't do business with Robert Half. One thing is for sure try getting $50+ an hour working as a contractor with Robert Half. Robert Half is not called Robert Half the Pay in Silicon Valley for "no reason at all". Robert Half has a HUGE markup. You as a Robert Half contractor are lucky to make $30 an hour with Rober Half billing you out at $100 an hour. 2. Payscale's salaries are always WAY TOO HIGH. If you want a REALISTIC answer on salaries then go out and talk to people currently working along with hiring managers that are DIRECTLY involved in hiring. Reply

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