IT Pros Are Dissatisfied With Their Compensation

By Dennis McCafferty
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    The average tech worker's salary in 2013 was $87,811, up from $85,619 the year before.

After the abundance of layoffs and salary freezes during the recent recession, you'd think that technology professionals would be thrilled with any kind of bump-up in their compensation. But think again: While IT salaries are edging upward, employees are expressing more dissatisfaction with their earnings levels, according to a recent survey from Dice. IT pros realize that times are getting better and their companies are benefiting from the improved economy, so they want to see this positive trend reflected in their paychecks. As for which tech workers are best positioned to leverage their talents? That would be those with marketable data skills. "With the tech unemployment rate low, technology professionals know they can take control of their careers," says Shravan Goli, president of Dice, a career site for technology and engineering professionals. "Hiring managers tell me they are stretching budgets where they can to keep their technology workforces focused and satisfied. Meanwhile, companies are betting big that harnessing data can play a major role in their competitive plans, and that is leading to high pay for critical skills. Technology professionals should be volunteering for big data projects that make them more valuable to their current employer and more marketable to other employers." More than 17,200 IT professionals took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-02-03
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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