ITJobCafe 31 Jan 2017 Viewed 2250 Times Viewed by 1462 people

2017 continues to be a candidate-driven market resulting in a steady rise in IT salaries.


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According to 2017 Salary Guides from Robert Half national average starting salaries for U.S. professional occupations are expected to increase 3.6 percent. The technology sector leads with a projected 3.8 percent average gain in pay.

The reason employers are willing to negotiate and pay higher salaries is due to the fact that IT talent is scarce.  According to Forbes, it is estimated that by 2018 the U.S. will face a shortage of about 224,000 high tech workers.

Though overall shortages are reported there are some positions enjoying a strong demand and these are projected to see even greater salary gains in the coming years. These positions include:

·         Network security engineers,

·         Data scientists and

·         Big data engineers

Project and consulting opportunities in technology, which have become more plentiful in recent years, are likely to remain steady in 2017.

 

Advice to Candidates

Even though it is a job seekers’ market; getting a job still involves proving your abilities and expertise to the employer. It is important to show a track record of success. Some of the things that candidates can do to land the job:

·         Clearly show career progression on your resume

·         Clearly show proven track record of delivering results for past employers

·         State how your skills can create value for the company

·         Be prepared to discuss technical skills in depth

·         Demonstrate strong soft skills including communication skills

Advice to Employers

“To remain competitive, especially in the technology and finance fields, it’s crucial to have a solid understanding of salary trends for specific roles in your area and move quickly when making offers. Top candidates are receiving multiple job offers and will lose interest when faced with a lengthy hiring process,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half.

Technology Roles In Demand 

In the year ahead, many employers across North America will hire both full-time and contract professionals in these roles:

·         Developers (web, software and mobile applications)

·         Business intelligence analysts

·         Database administrators

·         Help desk and desktop support professionals (especially Tiers 2 and 3)

·         Systems engineers and systems administrators

 

Positions With 4% + Salary Increase

 

Title

2016

2017

% Change

Big Data Engineer

$129,500 - $183,500

$135,000 - $ 196,000

5.8%

Database Developer

$103,250 - $153,250

$108,000 - $ 161,500

5.1%

Data Architect

$127,250 - $175,500

 

$131,250 - $ 184,000

 

4.1%

 

Data Scientist

$109,000 - $153,750

$116,000 - $ 163,500

6.4%

Business Intelligence Analyst

$113,750 - $164,000

$118,000 - $ 171,750

4.3%

Front-End Web Developer

$ 79,750 - $111,250

$ 83,250 - $119,500

6.2%

Web Designer

$ 67,000 - $112,250

70,500 - $118,000

5.2%

Web Developer

$ 78,500 - $129,500

$ 82,750 - $135,500

4.9%

E-Commerce Analyst

$ 88,000 - $129,500

$ 92,000 - $135,000

4.4%

Network Engineer

$ 96,000 - $138,750

$ 99,000 - $146,250

 

4.5%

 

Wireless Network Engineer

$108,750 - $150,750

$113,250 - $158,000

4.5%

 

Data Security Analyst

$113,500 - $160,000

$118,250 - $169,000

5.0%

 

Systems Security Administrator

 

$105,500 - $149,500

$110,500 - $157,500

5.1%

Network Security Administrator

$103,250 - $147,000

 

$107,750 - $155,250

5.1%

Network Security Engineer

$110,250 - $152,750

 

$115,500 - $162,500

5.7%

Information Systems Security Manager

$129,750 - $182,000

$136,000 - $191,750

5.1%

Software Engineer

$103,000 - $156,250

 

$108,250 - $164,500

5.2%

Software Developer

$ 91,000 - $145,250

$ 93,000 - $155,000

5.0%

IT Auditor

$ 95,000 - $144,750

$ 98,500 - $ 153,000

4.9%



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