Robert Half Technology Highlights Starting Salaries

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It’s that time of year again. The new year fast approaches, and the salary surveys are making there way into the IT landscape again. Robert Half Technology, a recruiting firm specializing in placing IT pros, has released its Robert Half Technology 2004 Salary Guide, which reveals that base compensation for IT professionals is expected to continue to stabilize in 2004. Starting salaries for IT professionals are expected to fall an average of 1.6 percent next year, though wage increases are expected in hot areas like information security.

 

 

 

The annual survey from Robert Half Technology is based on an analysis of job orders managed by the company’s U.S. offices. The survey is based on job searches, negotiations and placements conducted by the company’s recruiting specialists.

 

 

 

Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology, said that CIOs are still cautious in hiring new IT pros and are thoroughly evaluating job candidates to be sure that new hires are able to immediately contribute to the business. “Firms also want applicants who have a history of successes with previous employers,” said Lee.

 

 

 

The research showed that the greatest increases in starting salaries will be seen by data security analysts, reflecting the strong demand for experienced IT security professionals. Base compensation for data security analysts is predicted to increase by 2.1 percent to a range between $67,000 and $90,750. Applications architects and senior Internet/intranet developers are expected to see starting salary increases of 1.9 percent in 2004. Applications architects’ starting salaries will rise to a range between $73,250 and $104,250, while Internet/intranet developers will see their starting salaries increase to a range from $67,250 to $96,000.

 

 

 

Other job roles expected to see starting salary increases in 2004 include systems auditors, quality assurance/testing managers and disaster recovery specialists.

 

 

 

Decreasing starting salaries are expected for LAN administrators. LAN administrators’ starting salaries are expected to fall 4.5 percent, bringing base compensation to a range between $43,750 and $62,500. Likewise, desktop support analysts will see starting salaries fall by 5.3 percent to a range between $47,000 and $65,000.

 

 

 

To find out more about the Robert Half Technology 2004 Salary Guide, go to http://www.roberthalftechnology.com.

 

 

 

If you’re interested in finding out about how certifications affect your income potential, stay tuned for CertMag’s Annual Salary Survey, which will appear in the December 2003 issue of Certification Magazine, mailing to subscribers this week and posting to the CertMag.com Web site, at http://www.certmag.com/salaries on Nov. 20.

Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at ehollis@certmag.com. 

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