IT jobs don't pay as much in the U.S.

by Editor 4/28/2008 4:52:00 PM

Information technology jobs, at least some of them, may still be in high demand, but InformationWeek's annual IT salary survey shows a drop in median total pay: approximately $2,000 for IT staff and $103,000 for IT managers.

Fewer IT professionals are getting a raise this year. Last year, 74 percent of IT staff and 80 percent of managers saw their salaries increase, while this year it is only 65 percent of the IT staff and 71 percent of managers who have reported a raise.

The average raise has gotten smaller as well and so has the median bonus, which has dropped $1,000-3,000 for IT staff and about $7,000 for managers.

Even though the gap has become smaller, male IT staffers are still better paid than women. The difference amounts to 9-10 percent.

IT staff retention programs and different perks originally introduced to inspire loyalty in staff have also gradually disappeared from the sector.

Mercer HR consultant David Van De Voort says: “IT is being affected like everyone else now,” adding that not even information security is as hot an area as in recent years, even though the salaries have remained strong.

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