What Factors Affect a Tech Pro's Salary?

By Tony Kontzer
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    What Factors Affect a Tech Pro's Salary?

    What Factors Affect a Tech Pro's Salary?

    This survey shows how much your salary is affected by everything from who you are and where you live to what you know and how much responsibility you embrace.

If you want to make the most money possible working in information technology, it pays to be male, white, highly educated, coastal and willing to manage as many people as possible. That said, an employee's skin color and gender are finally becoming a little less important to their earning power. Such are the main takeaways from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE's) "2015 Salary and Benefits Survey." The association digitally polled more than 12,000 of its members and found that technology professionals' pay, which is rising steadily, varies greatly based on experience, geography, education and the type of expertise they have to offer. However, though Jim Jeffries, 2015 IEEE-USA president, was pleased with the idea that members are being rewarded for making good career decisions, he was especially encouraged by members' improving work conditions. "The latest results show a rate of salary growth greater than in recent years and also an encouraging closing—but not an elimination—of racial and gender salary gaps," Jeffries reported. The findings also indicate that technology is becoming an increasingly stable field, with employees changing jobs less frequently. In addition, technology workers are putting in slightly fewer hours.

This article was originally published on 2016-03-10
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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