This week, Enterprise Systems, a leading provider of real-world business and technology information for managers of large, high-volume computer systems and infrastructures, released part two of their four-part salary report series. This recent survey of 1,130 enterprise IT sites showed salary stabilization and modest growth for executives and IT staff, but reported a decrease in compensation for fifty percent of the IT middle management positions surveyed compared to 2002 numbers.
Key 2004 survey findings indicated modest gains (approximately 2 to 4 percent per year) for most IT staff positions across the salary scale; hot growth spots for IT management and staff working in UNIX environments, as well as in business-to-business and supply chain management applications; systems analysts (+6.6%) and application programmers (+7.6%) saw the largest jump in salaries and bonuses over 2002; system administrators (-9.7%) were the only IT staff position to see a decline over the last two years; chief information officers and vice presidents experienced the largest overall increase on average, earning about $130,000 compared to $110,560 in the 2002 survey; and information systems managers (-5.8%), Internet managers (-9.4%) and help desk/support managers (-4.5%) reported the highest percentage decrease in compensation among IT management.
The Enterprise Systems' salary survey tracked salary figures for IT managers and staff across a broad spectrum of organizations. It covered seven IT line positions, including applications systems analysts, programmer/analysts, application programmers, system programmers, network administrators, systems administrators and database administrators. It also looked at eight IT management positions, including chief information officers/vice presidents, IS directors, IS managers, application development managers, data center/operations managers, networking managers, help desk/support managers and Internet managers/directors.
Over the next two weeks, Enterprise Systems will publish the second half of its salary report series. Parts three and four will focus on the demographic impacts on compensation by region and industry and will take a closer look at IT job satisfaction.
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