Calif. Database Admins, Computer and Info Scientists Take Salary Hit

Technology salaries in California largely rose during the first quarter over last year. But what’s surprising about the figures are the slices of tech hat succumbed to a decline. Here’s a quick snapshot of the numbers, which come from the state’s  Employment Development Department.

Shrinking Salaries

Surprisingly, database administrators posted a salary decline. That seems rather odd, given all the gushing that’s gone on over the crucial role of data in businesses. But IT recruiter David Knapp, Robert Half Technology’s Bay Area Metro-market manager, offered an interesting explanation. “In California, perhaps more than other parts of the nation, companies are transferring their information to the cloud and moving away from the need of having to host their data locally,” he says. “So, they have less of a need to hire someone to administer their database.”

More baffling is the 6 percent decline for computer and information scientists. “These numbers make no sense to me,” says Jon Holman, president of IT recruiting firm The Holman Group.

Holman speculates that the massive hiring of grad students by Web and mobile companies may have pushed average compensation down. But he also surmises that the average starting salary may be up because of the tight IT labor pool. That would minimize or temper a salary decline.

On the other hand, computer support personal saw an increase in salaries. It’s well-deserved if you consider all the hand-holding they do to keep workers, well, working.

Knapp says they’re benefiting from a tight IT labor market as well as growth by the companies doing the hiring.

“As companies hire more people, they need to hire more computer support,” says Knapp. “Computer support (personnel are) usually hired based on the ratio of the number of people who work for the company.”

As for the salary bump for computer system analysts, Knapp says it’s in line with the results his firm reported in its 2012 nationwide salary survey.

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2 Responses to “Calif. Database Admins, Computer and Info Scientists Take Salary Hit”

  1. David

    Not only are you taking a hit on salaries, you’ll be taking a hit on your rights, as well. Many of us are asked to work overtime without pay. The law says that some of us in the IT world are not elgible for overtime, and others are. The confusing part is that, due to the way the laws read, you may or may not be eligible for overtime. Most of the time if you think you have been taken advantage of for not being paid for overtime, you will have to take your employer to court to have that issue decided.

    Beware, many companies will fire you if you take them to court. That is called retaliation. This is tough to prove.

    However, these wage and hour lawsuits have increased by 35% during 2011. If you prevail, by statute, you are supposed to receive attorney’s fees and cost. The law states that the plaintiff will receive the fees, however, it does not say that the defendant receives anything in fees or costs should the defendant prevail.

    The California Superior Court overturned this saying that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. In other words, if the plaintiff can get costs so can the defendant, depending on who is the prevailing party.

    A California case, Plancich vs. UPS, is the case where this new ruling originated. Mr. Plancich lost and was told that he must pay UPS $100,000 for costs.

    What does this mean to us? It means that we had better be 100% sure that we are going to win or you will be devastated financially. By the way, no case is a 100% sure winner. In essence, we will not be able to defend our rights. Employers will be able to freely take advantage of us, as they will be able to ignore the laws that guide an employer on who should receive overtime.

    This also means that the judicial arm of the government is interpreting laws by changing their meaning. In essence, they are writing law. Our constitution states that there should be separation between the legislature, the judicial arm, and the executive arm of the government. We call this checks and balances. We need to make sure the checks are there and that we put the balance back into our government. Write your congressman (woman) and your senator and demand that your rights are protected. If we don’t, well, guess I’ll see you at the office at 2 or 3 am in the morning. Or better yet, you’re on call 24/7. Why hire someone else when they have you, if you get my drift.