Technology Workers Got Big Raises in 2012

Technology Workers Got Big Raises in 2012

Technology Workers Got Big Raises in 2012

Positive Direction  $85,619 is the average salary tech workers earned in 2012, up from $81,327 in 2011.

Average salaries for technology professionals increased by 5 percent in 2012—the biggest jump in more than a decade, according to the "2013-2012 Salary Survey" from Dice . For the first time, highly experienced IT workers are topping the six-figure average salary mark. Companies are willing to increase compensation in IT because they realize that the recruitment/retention game is going to get much tougher in the immediate future. Such conclusions are well-grounded: Dice is also reporting that the vast majority of these employees are confident that they can easily find a good new job if they want one. "Employers are recognizing and adjusting to the reality of a tight market," says Scot Melland, chairman and president of Dice Holdings, which oversees a career site for tech and engineering employees "You're either paying to recruit or paying to retain, and these days—at least for technology teams—companies are doing both." Nearly 15,050 technology pros took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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