Dice Tech Salary Report: How Experience Impacts Bigger Paychecks

It paid to be a technologist entering the tech industry in 2020 and 2021, according to the just-released Dice Tech Salary Report. As many businesses adjusted their budgets to accommodate the abrupt shift in demand for products and services, there was a renewed focus on hiring technologists with less experience at lower salaries (at least lower than what more experienced technologists expect to earn).  

Between 2019 and 2021, technologists with less than one year of experience saw the greatest rise in salary of all groups (up 24.4 percent to $68,693). That increase amounted to an average bump in salary to the tune of $13,462 over the two years. Check out the full chart:

On the other end of the spectrum, organizations also rewarded those with more tenured technology experience.Technologists with 11-15 years of experience saw their salaries increase an average of 9.1 percent from 2019 to 2021, while those with 6-10 years of experience enjoyed a 8.9 percent bump. Technologists with 15 years of experiencereceived a 7.5 percent increase compared to 2019.  

But not all groups enjoyed big salary increases over this two-year period. Technologists with 3-5 years of experience saw a salary decrease of 0.4 percent between 2019 and 2020, although their collective situation turned around with an increase in 2021; nonetheless, the group still had the lowest two-year increase among all types of technologists (up 2.9 percent to $76,898). With technologists new to the workforce quickly catching up to their counterparts in terms of compensation, we could see some friction as those with 3-5 years of experience try to maintain their current positions (or snag promotions) amid competition.  

What’s the best way to land a job if you don’t have a lot of experience? Fortunately, there are a number of ways to highlight how you can benefit a potential employer. For example, if you’re applying for a management position, describe how you’ve guided projects or brought stakeholders together despite relatively few (or no) stints as a manager. Showing off your side projects is also a good way to convince hiring managers and recruiters that you know what you’re doing. 

3 Responses to “Dice Tech Salary Report: How Experience Impacts Bigger Paychecks”

  1. I would like to know exactly where is this data coming from? I believe it depends on what the job is which there are no specifics. Saying Technical experience which could be a variety of areas. Are we talking about Azure Administrator, Systems Administrator, DevOps, Server Administrator, Technical support level II/III. The less than 1 year experience I have never seen anyone make 55k. I would say 40-45k with less than 1yr. experience. Me personally I feel as if the numbers are off a little bit. I honestly feel like the numbers are a little inflated.

    • Avon Murphy

      The report itself lays out how the numbers were calculated and who provided the data. Many of the people are not the folks we might see in most offices, but “Dice’s registered (‘searchable’) database members” — the kind of people with whom I’ve personally never worked.

  2. I been in tech field since the 90s, doing the job of people with higher titles and more pay than me. I am more productive and have much better work ethics than many of them (I do not watch videos, or do social media, or that stuff while ON DUTY). Yes, I am paid less than 52k and I work for a BIG tech company. As it goes, they care about numbers, not the people, and that the higher paid ones have enough to cover their three cars, two boats, and huge houses.