Special Report

2007 Jobs Report Snapshots

Highlights and key statistics from Computerworld's 21st annual Jobs Report Survey of IT professionals.

SALARY SURVEY DATA

July 2007; 9,290 RESPONSES

REGAINING MOMENTUM

IT salaries have risen at a slow but steady pace since hitting rock-bottom in 2002. Here are the IT pay raises from 1987 to 2007, as reported in Computerworld’s annual Salary Survey:

1987: 6%

1988: 7.3%

1989: 5.9%

1990: 5.7%

1991: 5%

1992: 4.6%

1993: 4.4%

1994: 4.4%

1995: 4.5%

1996: 4.6%*

1997: 5.2%*

1998: 6.7%*

1999: 6%*

2000: 6.2%*

2001: 5.8%*

2002: 2.6%

2003: 2.8%

2004: 3%

2005: 3%

2006: 3.1%

2007: 3.7%

*In these years, IT workers were surveyed about changes in their total compensation. All other years show only salary changes. SALARY

The salary shift year to year is small, but 3% more respondents received a salary increase this year compared with 2006.

  • Across the board, salaries increased slightly in 2007, by 3.7%
  • Senior managers saw an increase of 4%.

    (Base: 1,406)
  • Middle managers saw an increase of 3.7%.

    (Base: 2,771)
  • IT staffers had an average salary increase of 3.6%. (Base: 5,113)

Seventy-five percent of respondents reported that their base salary had increased from one year ago. The average increase was 7%. Eighteen percent reported no change in base salary. Seven percent reported a decrease in salary. The average decrease was 8%.

BONUSES

  • Across the board, bonuses increased slightly in 2007, by 3.4%.

  • Senior managers saw an increase of 4.6%.

  • Middle managers saw an increase of 2.6%.

  • IT staffers saw an increase of 2.6%.

Year-to-year

Bonuses are creeping up steadily:

  • 2004: 1% increase in bonuses

  • 2005: 2.8% increase in bonuses

  • 2006: 3.2% increase in bonuses

  • 2007: 3.4% increase in bonuses

Note: Percentages are based on IT workers employed full time or part time in an IT department.

WHERE'S THE MIDDLE?

The 2007 median annual base salary is $80,000 (half the salaries are above the median, and half are below). For senior management, the median annual base salary is $115,000; for middle management, it’s $88,000; and for staff/technical positions, it’s $70,000.

The median base salaries by region are as follows:

  • Pacific: $89,000
  • New England: $84,750
  • Middle Atlantic: $84,000
  • South Atlantic: $84,000
  • Mountain: $80,000
  • North Central: $76,000
  • South Central: $75,000
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