Looking to make more money in 2019? The best-paying tech jobs are heavily focused on management, so it may be time to ask for a promotion.
According to the Dice Salary Survey, the top-paying job titles are (no surprise here) in the C-suite. Those with CEO, CTO, CIO, VP, or similar job titles can all expect to draw hefty salaries (not to mention some nice benefits and perks). We found the average income for someone at the executive-management level was $142,063.
This is noticeably more than our second-place finisher on this list: systems architect. With an average annual income of $129,952, these architects make far above the average tech pro salary of $93,244. Third on our list, with an average gross annual salary of $127,121, was a more generalized “management” role (i.e., strategists and architects).
Product managers are fourth on our list, making $114,174 per year on average. DevOps engineers sit in fifth, making $111,683 annually. Software engineers, hardware engineers, product managers, and security engineers all make just shy of $111,000 per year.
Applications developer rounds out the top ten, dipping a solid $5,000 annually from the rest of the pack for an average income of $105,202.
As you can see in the chart above, the year-over-year changes are also notable. C-suite execs earned nearly four percent more than last year, while systems architects went in the complete opposite direction, dipping 3.8 percent year-over-year (YoY).
Other roles that experienced negative YoY changes include product manager (a 4.2 percent slide), and project managers, who absorbed a 2.8 percent decline.
A few titles had impressive YoY salary growth. The more generalized “management” category jumped eight percent, while “applications developer” crept up 7.6 percent. Software Engineers are also making 5.1 percent more than they were last year.
We should also note that three of the top 10 jobs by income saw no appreciable salary change year-over-year. Taking an expanded view, seven of the top 25 job titles by salary had no change YoY, and 13 either had no change or less than three percent (positive or negative). As we’ve said before, updating your skillset is the best way to earn more heading into 2019, as it adds value well beyond experience or tenure.