For the average U.S. worker, wages have remained stagnant for approximately the last 40 years, according to 2015 research from the Economic Policy Institute, even as productivity and the number of hours worked has increased -- except for those in STEM and IT careers, that is, where salaries saw the largest year-over-year increase ever from 2014 to 2015. The demand for knowledge workers in IT is increasing salary pressure on IT-dependent organizations in general and for specific skill sets in particular, says Tim Low, senior vice president of marketing for compensation benchmarking and analysis company PayScale.
"The macroeconomic data about stagnating wages is true, overall, but in certain job sectors and very specific IT skills, we're seeing the exact opposite. The demand for these skills is driven by the emergence of the cloud, big data, mobile and software and application engineering, which are critical technologies for companies today," Low says.
Based on PayScale median salary data for workers in IT, we put together a list of the IT skills that will give you the greatest bump in pay, along with median pay by experience level and the expected percentage of increase each skill could provide. So, if you're looking to pad your paycheck, consider adding one or more of these 20 hot IT skills to your repertoire.