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Though the IT Job Market Has Grown Stronger in the Last Year, It Has Been a Bumpy Ride for Many IT Staff Positions

  • September 08 2005, 1:00am EDT

Enterprise Systems Releases 2005 IT Salary Survey

Enterprise Systems (ES), a leading provider of real-world business and technology information for managers of large, high-volume computer systems and infrastructure, has released the findings of an extensive IT salary survey for 2005.

Key findings include:

  • Application programmers saw the largest jump in salaries across the IT staff positions for the second year in a row and now average $56,500 - a rise of 6.6 percent over last year's survey.
  • Systems programmers had the toughest year in terms of salary and bonuses with base salaries dropping nearly 5% to $67,150 in 2005.
  • Database administrators make more than most IT line positions with premiums paid to those working in the IMS and DB2 environments.
  • IT executives responsible for building and deploying customer-facing systems are getting the highest rewards.
  • The western United States, which felt the pain of recent IT layoffs and cutbacks perhaps more acutely than other regions, is now rebounding strongly and leading the way in salaries.
  • More than one out of five IT professionals (22 percent) feel their jobs are likely to be outsourced at some point in the future.

This salary survey of 1,170 enterprise-IT sites tracked salary figures for IT managers and professionals across a broad spectrum of organizations. The survey covers seven IT line positions and eight IT management positions. This report also examines: salary by region, industry, and company size; job satisfaction and security; and average number of hours worked per week.
To download the ES 2005 IT Salary Survey Report, go to

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