IT salaries edge up back to 2008 levels

Average IT salaries edged up slightly in 2011, but enterprise and midsize companies alike are hungry to fill particular IT roles

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Beyond salaries, companies are hungry to fill particular IT positions as the recession draws to an end, both on a full-time and contract basis. Midsize companies are seeking IT executives (such as VPs of information services and technical services), programmers, midlevel infrastructure managers and supervisors, database specialists, software engineers, system programmers, systems analysts, and voice/wireless communication pros.

Enterprises, meanwhile, are moving IT and data center operations back in-house, which means greater demand for data center managers and supervisors for such departments as computer operations, Internet systems, capacity planning, network services, and production services. LAN application support analysts, librarians, operations analysts, and Web analysts are also in demand at large companies.

Alas, other IT positions experienced a salary drop over the past year. The pros who took the biggest hits at large companies include:

  • Senior network specialists, whose total average salary dropped 7.49 percent from $85,468 to $79,069
  • Operation analysts, who on average earn 4.45 percent less, down from $61,915 to $59,160
  • OS production managers, who now have an average total salary of $93,346, a 4.18 percent drop from $97,413
  • Technical services specialists, whose average total salary is now $63,160, a 4.14 percent drop from $65,888

As for the biggest salary drops at midsize companies:

  • VPs of security (or CSOs) saw their total average salary drop by 8.24 percent, from $128,828 to $118,212
  • Production services managers, who lost 6.74 percent of their total average pay, from $92,107 to $85,900
  • Training and documentation managers, whose total average salary decreased by 4.4 percent from $64,043 to $61,224
  • Production services supervisors, the average salary for whom is now $69,092, down 3.23 percent from $71,975

Finally, demand for CIOs is also on the rise, particularly at midsize companies. CIO compensation has been a mixed bag: Base salaries are higher, whereas bonuses are lower. The mean compensation for CIOs at large enterprises is now $176,659, representing a decrease of 2.68 percent. At midsize companies, CIOs are earning $164,342 on average, an increase of 1.26 percent.

There's plenty of additional data to be gleaned from Janco's report, which will be available on Jan. 10.

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