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IT Salary Survey 2014: Benchmark Your Pay
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Alison_Diana
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5/21/2014 | 9:34:27 AM
Stuck In A Rut
I always find it interesting to see what motivates professionals of any field to stay engaged at their jobs. No one wants to be underpaid, of course, but since most professionals are unlikely to accept a position that doesn't pay a competitive salary, what then makes someone want to stay at an organization? Apparently many organizations heeded IT pros' past requests for ongoing training and access to newer technologies. I'd recommend, based on this survey and a two decade-plus knowledge of this industry, that organizations provide technologists in the trenches with more access to working with business units. They'll give IT pros a stronger career path and have more productive, more challenged technologists who work in enhanced synergy with their ultimate end customers.
Alison_Diana
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5/21/2014 | 9:29:36 AM
Re: Women in Technology-close the gender pay gap
That's a big gap -- 16% -- especially at a time when so many big tech companies, such as IBM, EMC, and Dell have ongoing diversity programs in place to recruit and retain women (among others). Is it because women are said not to ask for raises as aggressively and often as their male counterparts or are women undervalued by managers? As you point out Gretchen, there are several great resources out there to help tech women increase their salaries, bonuses, and promotion chances. Organizations like the Anita Borg Institute or Society of Women Engineers may also be good starting points. They're usually extremely supportive and helpful.
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GretchenP736,
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5/20/2014 | 5:56:04 PM
Women in Technology-close the gender pay gap
Chris, Appreciate the comparisons you point out-tech-centric cities enjoy the highest median pay. Great to see jobs coming home again, as evidenced by CapitalOne's US IT job growth. The persistent gender pay divide is significant, troubling and merits attention and action. I don't expect all the IT guys to take a 5% pay cut to even things out. It is up to the worker to know the market and ask for what you are worth. One place that we can push to close the gap is negotiating for competitive pay, either with the boss during the annual review cycle or when you get your next offer. NYT posted some basic quick tips for salary negotiation. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/your-money/moving-past-gender-barriers-to-negotiate-a-raise.html?_r=0

Ladies, Let's speak up!
WKash
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5/20/2014 | 12:30:45 PM
Re: A real world summary
Chris, that's correct.  Uncle Sam is pretty stingy right now when it comes to bonuses. But when you look at what shows up in your paycheck, not to mention your pension plan, it looks like the Feds are paying out pretty decent paychecks.  The question is, is what some might consider hardship pay worth it?
ChrisMurphy
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5/20/2014 | 12:18:47 PM
Re: A real world summary
Federal IT workers rank a bit lower if you factor in total compensation, since they get very little pay through bonuses, but your point stands Wyatt that federal IT workers fair pretty well in this survey -- certainly compared with their state and local government counterparts. 
WKash
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WKash,
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5/20/2014 | 10:20:05 AM
Re: A real world summary
I agree, Charles.  I found it interesting and a bit surprising, that federal government IT staffers ranked in the Top 5 of 30 sectors the survey covered in media salaries (at $100K)-- and federal government IT managers ranked in the Top 10.  We'll report more on that in an article due out here on InformationWeek tomorrow.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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5/19/2014 | 10:03:00 PM
A real world summary
Chris Murphy has offered a good, real world summary of what's going on with IT salaries here.
Brian.Dean
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Brian.Dean,
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5/19/2014 | 5:18:23 PM
Re: One disconnect
Laurianne, I completely agree, IT should not have to work in isolation, especially, when understanding their industry and company can create greater productivity. There are many procedures that can create this distance between IT and business units, one such example is when an admin staffer has to create a request to the IT manager for the creation of a sign-on credential for a new hire, even when they know the IT staffer responsible for creating the credentials.

This is bad for IT employees, but things become worst when the new hire is already at their desk but their computer is not accessible, resulting in capital lose. 
Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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5/19/2014 | 3:02:28 PM
One disconnect
"The IT managers in our survey spend much more time with business units." I am surprised at the disconnect between managers and staff on this measure. IT Staffers, are your managers grooming you to work hand-in-hand with business leaders?


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