10 tech specialties with rising salaries

As demand for skilled IT pros continues to grow, employers are paying top dollar to attract and retain talent -- particularly in these 10 fields


On the whole, the financial news has been good for IT professionals. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that IT employment grew 3.1 percent in 2015, and 44 percent of IT managers who participated in Computerworld's 2016 IT Salary Survey said they expect to expand their IT staffs this year.

Salaries are growing, too. Computerworld survey participants reported an average compensation increase of 3.9 percent this year, the highest year-over-year pay hike we've seen in our survey results since 2001.

Other industry watchers have seen similar gains: Research firm Foote Partners reports a 3.3 percent overall rise in IT skills and certification pay premiums for 2015, and IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology predicts that starting salaries for tech pros will rise 5.3 percent in 2016.

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