IT Salary Guide

Overview of compensation in information technology

IT Salary Guide

In this IT salary guide, we provide an overview of several information technology jobs and their corresponding midpoint salaries for 2018. Demand for IT jobs across industries started growing in the early 1980’s. Today, as more companies look to digitize or automate certain business processes, the demand for IT professionals shows no signs of slowing.

IT Salary Guide

Individuals who hold a degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Information Technology see many career opportunities from various industries that depend heavily on technology. Healthcare, financial services, and manufacturing are among the industries that are expected to hire a lot of IT professionals in the coming years.

Because of the increasing demand to fill IT roles, employers see a constant shortage of IT professionals. In some cases, IT professionals with less experience, but who are motivated to learn and undergo training, get hired by companies.

IT Salary Guide – In-demand Technology Roles in North America

Many employers throughout North America are expected to hire professionals for the following IT roles:

  • Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Data Scientists
  • Database Developers
  • Developers
  • DevOps Engineers
  • Help Desk/Desktop Support Professionals
  • Network Administrators
  • Security Professionals
  • Systems Administrators


IT Salary Guide – Jobs in North America

IT professionals become more in-demand when they hold certain technical skills and certifications required by companies. In fact, employers may increase the salary by up to 10% for those who possess the skill set that they need.

Businesses in North America look for these technical skills and certifications:

  • .NET
  • Agile and Scrum certifications
  • Angular
  • C#
  • CCNA
  • CCNP
  • CompTIA A+
  • Java
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • PHP
  • PMP
  • VMware

Aside from the technical skills listed above, employers look for the candidate’s ability to work with other teams and adaptability to the workplace culture. Critical thinking and good listening skills are some of the soft skills that employers look for in candidates to fill IT roles.

IT Salary Guide in North America for 2018

The table below shows the IT salary guide for candidates with average experience and skill sets needed for the job. The figures do not include bonuses, incentives, and other forms of additional compensation:

IT JobsBase Salary
Chief Information Officer (CIO)$202,500
Chief Technology Officer (CTO)$175,000
Chief Security Officer$170,000
Vice President of Information Technology$163,000
Director of Technology$141,000
Applications Development
Project Manager$110,000
Systems Analyst$91,000
Applications Architect$132,000
Business Systems Analyst$92,000
Consulting & Systems Integration
Project Manager/Senior Consultant$114,000
Staff Consultant$75,000
Senior IT Auditor$127,000
IT Auditor$109,750
Data/Database Administration
Big Data Engineer$150,000
Database Manager$127,000
Database Developer$116,000
Database Administrator$95,000
Data Analyst/Report Writer$96,000
Quality Assurance (QA) & Testing
QA Engineer - Manual$69,000
QA Engineer - Automated$82,000
QA/Testing Manager$95,000
QA Associate/Analyst$73,000
Web Development
Senior Web Developer$117,000
Web Developer$98,000
Front-end Web Developer$72,750
Web Administrator$80,000
Web Designer$86,000
Network Architect$134,000
Network Manager$111,000
Network Engineer$107,000
Wireless Network Engineer$119,000
Network Administrator$87,000
Computer Operator$40,000
Mainframe Systems Programmer$65,000
Data Security Analyst$121,000
Systems Security Administrator$110,000
Network Security Administrator$109,250
Network Security Engineer$115,000
Information Systems Security Manager$137,000
Software Development
Product Manager$119,000
Software Engineer$121,000
Software Developer$115,000
Technical Services, Help Desk & Technical Support
Desktop Support Analyst$60,000
Systems Administrator$80,000
Systems Engineer$101,000
Help Desk Tier 3$57,500
Help Desk Tier 2$45,000
Help Desk Tier 1$38,000

Source: Robert Half 2018 Salary Guide for Technology Professionals

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