With the economy booming, enterprise IT budgets — and salaries — continue to increase. According to the recently released 2018 State of IT report from Spiceworks, 87% of companies expect their technology budgets to either get larger or stay the same next year, and on average, they anticipate a 19% increase. In addition, 93% of enterprises are planning to increase their IT headcount or keep it steady.
With so much demand for IT workers, many technology professionals are seeing a boost in their salaries. But which job titles earn the most?
Staffing firm Robert Half Technology has updated its Technology Salary Guide with forecasts for 2018. It predicts that these 15 job roles will take home the largest salaries next year.
1. Chief Information Officer
No surprise here — the person at the top of the IT org chart is usually the most highly compensated. For 2018, Robert Half predicts that CIO pay will range from $170,500 in the 25th percentile to $287,000 in the 95th percentile, and the median pay will be about $202,500. By comparison, Robert Half pegged CIO pay at $175,000 to $279,000 in 2017. (Note: Robert Half changed its methodology for reporting salaries for the 2018 report, so the low end of the 2017 ranges tends to be a little higher than for 2018.)
2. Chief Technology Officer
Other C-level executives are also among the best paid. For example, chief technology officers will likely earn between $145,000 and $248,000, with someone right in the middle bringing home $175,000. For the previous year, CTO pay ranged from $149,000 to $240,000.
3. Chief Security Officer
With so many cyberattacks and data breaches in the news, good security personnel have become a hot commodity. As a result, CSOs are bringing home just slightly less than CTOs. Typical pay will range between $143,250 and $241,000, and someone in the 50th percentile will earn $170,000 in 2018. That's an increase over 2017 when pay ranged from $145,250 to $236,750.
4. Vice President of Information Technology
Moving down the corporate ladder, the fourth-highest earning technology title for 2018 is vice president of IT. These executives will likely earn between $137,000 and $231,000 with a median of $163,000. That's actually a slight decrease from the 2017 range of $143,250 to $234,250.
5. Big Data Engineer
In the Robert Half survey, 67% of technology executives said that their greatest contributions to hiring were coming from their digital marketing, cloud, mobile and big data initiatives, so it's fitting that the first non-management title on this list is big data engineer. Professionals with this title will likely earn between $126,250 and $212,500 in 2018, with someone at the median earning $150,000. That's a significant increase from last year's range of $135,000 to $196,000.
6. Director of Technology
Number six on the list goes back to a management role. If you are a Director of Technology, Robert Half forecasts that you might earn between $118,750 and $199,750 for 2018, or $141,000 if you are right in the middle. In 2017, the range was between $124,500 and $193,500.
7. Mobile Application Developer
Mobile developers have been in high demand for several years now, and that trend looks likely to continue into 2018. With a range between $118,750 and $199,750 and a median of $141,000, mobile applications developers are the highest-paid of any title in the developer category. That's also a significant increase from the 2017 range between $118,750 and $182,250.
8. Director (Consulting & Systems Integration)
If you are the director of a consulting firm or systems integrator, you can expect a salary between $117,000 and $197,000 next year, with a median of $139,000. That's actually a slight decrease from 2017, when the range was $126,750 to $198,000.
9. Information Systems Security Manager
Another security-related title comes in at number nine. Information systems security managers will likely earn between $115,250 and $194,250 in 2018, and the median pay will be $137,000. That compares favorably with last year's range of $136,000 to $191,750.
10. Network Architect
Several IT job titles that contain the word "architect" are in the top 15 for 2018, and network architects are at the top of that list. Robert Half says their pay will range between $112,750 and $190,000 for 2018 with a median of $134,000. In 2017, the range for the same title was $125,000 to $183,000.
11. Applications Architect
Applications architects will fare nearly as well as network architects in 2018. Their salaries will range between $111,000 and $187,000 with a median of $132,000. By comparison, application architect salaries for 2017 were between $124,500 and $178,750.
12. Data Architect
In keeping with the big data theme, data architects also made the list of most highly compensated IT titles. Their pay will likely range between $110,000 and $184,000 in 2018, with a median of $130,000. That's about the same as last year when typical data architect salaries ranged from $131,250 to $184,000.
13. Senior IT Auditor
Part of the consulting and systems integration category, senior IT auditors will likely earn between $107,000 and $180,000 in 2018 with a median of $127,000. In 2017, these IT professionals brought home $121,000 to $173,500.
14. Database Manager
Also important to big data initiatives, database managers will have salaries ranging from $107,000 to $180,000 for 2018, with a median of $127,000. By comparison, 2017 pay was around $122,250 to $177,000.
15. Application Development Manager
Last on the list of highest-paid IT job titles is application development managers. They will likely earn between $105,250 and $177,000 in 2018 with a median of $125,000. The 2017 range went from $107,750 to $167,250.
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