IT Salaries Expected to Rise, But How Much?

Susan Hall
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Salaries Improving for IT Jobs in 2011

Salary projections for the top IT markets in 2011.

I've reported that raises are expected to make a comeback in 2011 as the economy improves because, frankly, employees are really tired of doing more with less.


An IT salary survey by staffing agency Bluewolf bears that out. You can get a free copy here. The New York-based agency based its report on data from previous placements to make projections for 2011. The report contains two sets of salary projections, one for "Tri-state and Bay Area"-that's (New York, Connecticut, New Jersey); a spokesman told me they're virtually identical to those in Silicon Valley-and another for Philadelphia, which are a tad lower for some skills. (Philadelphia, by the way, was listed among the top metro areas for tech jobs, according to's February report.)


Among the Bluewolf report highlights:


  • Salaries at the highest levels continue to increase. VPs of IT will see salaries grow by 7.1 percent in 2011. C-level IT executives enjoyed a similar increase in 2010, but their salaries will be flat for 2011.
  • Database administrators' salaries also will be flat, with an average high of $120,000.
  • Network administrators and managers will finally see salaries creep back up to pre-recession levels.
  • High demand for new positions include mobile app developers for Google's Android, Apple's iPhone and iPad platform and social-networking sites such as Facebook. (Yep, we've been saying that.)


InfoWorld breaks out a lot more numbers here, but they're from the "Tri-state and Bay Area" lists. You can compare them to the numbers by IT metrics site Computer Economics, which predicts the typical IT worker this year will receive a raise of 2.3 percent.


Bluewolf also echoes much of what we've been hearing about the need for transformational leadership-or what HCL calls the "Reincarnate CIO" to drive business growth. The report says:

2011 is the time for CIOs to innovate and position themselves for the future. It's time to look beyond cost-cutting measures and recognize the need for value-adding productivity. Shift from managing resources to managing results.

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