Seeing as how I just wrote about the growing popularity of such money-saving measures as unpaid furloughs and mandatory pay cuts, many tech pros may look back on 2008 as a pretty good year.
That's because many of them saw decent wage increases, with the average tech pro making $78,035, a 4.6 percent increase over 2007. According to a survey conducted by tech job site Dice.com, security analysts saw the biggest gain, of 8.4 percent, to reach an average of $86,778.
Security pros may also fare better than most this year. As IT Business Edge blogger Ralph DeFrangesco recently wrote, security architects/administrators are expected to make $93,900 in 2009, according to a Network World survey, a 2.3 percent increase over 2008. Many other IT salaries will remain essentially flat.
Following security pros, software engineers and application developers saw the biggest pay boosts in 2008, of 7 percent and 6.6 percent, respectively. IT managers made the most in 2008, an average of $111,938. That meshes with surveys from Harvey Nash and CIO Insight that found CIOs pretty content with their pay.
Only one group tracked by Dice.com, system developers, saw salaries fall in 2008, dropping 1.3 percent to an average of $87,211.
The outlook doesn't appear to be as good for 2009. According to an earlier Dice.com survey I wrote about in December, more than half of IT hiring managers expect pay to remain flat in 2009, while a surprising 25 percent say salaries will fall.
With the economy shedding tech jobs, many IT pros will likely be happy to hang onto their jobs. According to the latest survey, 20 percent worry their positions may be eliminated this year.