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IT Salaries: It’s Good To Be Chief

Information technology salaries are on the rise thanks to a recovering economy; guess who is cashing in more than any other position? The CIO, of course, with a 9% average pay raise reported for the previous year. Kevin Casey covers the details of this encouraging trend in an article for InformationWeek.

$$ At a Glance

The overall pay raise spread looks something like this:

  • CIO / CTO – 9%
  • iOS Developer – 5%
  • Business Analyst – 4%
  • Project Management Office – 4%
  • Network Administrator – 3%
  • Quality Assurance Manager – 3%

While the technology chiefs of IT seem to be getting the lion’s share of the increases, the 5.7% average bump across all positions shows that IT is faring better than the national average of 2.3%.

The DevOps Advantage

DevOps and software-defined, network-oriented positions are the only areas that command a similar pay to their C-Suite counterparts. According to Mondo Marketing VP Laura McGarrity, this is undoubtedly due to a key skill requirement of such positions – that of collaboration and teamwork:

“DevOps roles require more interpersonal and communication skills than a traditional heads-down developer or operations person, so they are much harder to find…For these professionals, the creativity to solve real-world problems is also important.”

The average DevOps engineer has seen a 7% pay increase in the previous year, giving these IT pros a not-too-shabby annual average salary of $156K. As a general rule, most sustainable development network (SDN) pros get cashable kudos for being flexible, dynamic, and highly knowledgeable people.

Overall Lessons

The overall lesson for those in IT who aren’t necessarily seeing significant pay hikes is that communication skills are at an all-time premium. The takeaway for companies struggling to hire top talent is to understand the regional job market, to be willing to train in-house staff, or to pony up the pay for distant experts if talent is unavailable.

Read the original article at: http://www.informationweek.com/strategic-cio/team-building-and-staffing/it-salaries-its-good-to-be-chief/d/d-id/1321235

About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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