IT pay rates stagnate even as tech's importance grows

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Unemployment for IT professionals is well below national rates, but IT salaries have barely moved in 10 years.

Despite the fact that technology is playing an increasingly important role in the U.S. economy, IT wages remain persistently flat.

"IT salaries have not really kept pace with inflation," said Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates, which follows IT compensation trends.

The still-sluggish U.S. economy gets most of the blame, but outsourcing, improved productivity and automation are also factors, say analysts.

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