Dice Survey Finds Average Tech Salaries Nearly Flat

In the face of nearly flat salaries – a 1 percent increase in average pay, to $78,845 – technology professionals cited an increase in dissatisfaction with their pay, according to Dice’s 2009-2010 annual salary survey. What’s more, they’re disappointed with efforts to keep them motivated via non-compensation related incentives.

Dice Salary SurveyClose to half – 47 percent – say their employers are doing nothing to keep them motivated. Just 19 percent are being offered more interesting or challenging assignments, and 14 percent are getting more flexible work hours. As for bonuses, well, only 24 percent got one last year.

What’s it mean for you? Your boss has more incentive to keep you, and you should be proactive in how you manage your career path, even now. "The new war for technology talent is coming and the battle is retention," says Tom Silver, senior vice president, North America, at Dice (and my boss). "With job and salary dissatisfaction at its highest levels in years, technology professionals should be willing to go fight for career advancement."

Continuing to lead the pack in top paid skills is advanced business application programming ($115,916), followed by service oriented architecture ($107,827), and extract transform and load ($105,844).

  • Technology salaries are up 4 percent in Washington, D.C., to $89,014. Technology professionals in the Government and Defense sector specifically enjoyed a 4.4 percent average increase.
  • Silicon Valley still reigns as one of the top metro areas to work in, with a reported average IT salary of $96,299.
  • New York City reported a 1.5 percent increase in average salaries to $86,710, similar to the wage increase reported nationally in financial services.
  • Seattle technology professionals earned $84,144 on average, an increase of nearly 2 percent.
  • Applications server skills JBoss and Weblogic joined the six-figure salary ranks with annual pay topping $101,869 and $100,313, respectively. Solaris ($96,672) and AIX ($95,464) were the highest paid operating system skills.

Want more? Here’s the complete press release.

— Mark Feffer

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4 Responses to “Dice Survey Finds Average Tech Salaries Nearly Flat”

January 21, 2010 at 10:01 am, Bill said:

I’ll take flat. My salary has been on a constant decline for the last eight years. In addition, there’s been a continual reduction in the quality of benefits.

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January 21, 2010 at 10:04 am, Bill said:

“What’s it mean for you? Your boss has more incentive to keep you” Did you miss the news about outsourcing, unemployment, and the recession? Your boss has LESS incentive to keep you. Your boss is has to cut people and is looking for easy targets. Don’t be one of those targets.

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January 28, 2010 at 10:34 am, Jeff said:

Flat? ROFL. I took about a 30% paycut from my last job to this one (laid off from former). Only making $55k now. That’s with 10+ years development (combined) in C++/PHP/Java/etc.

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January 29, 2010 at 1:27 am, Jera said:

Newsflash–dee-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee! I’ll accept flat with no bonus and no incentive over my current state of no job and no income anyday! Of course, the people who work on these statistics are still employed, and therefore aren’t home to see the rise in umemployment in the news. Bill had the right idea.

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