Computerworld's 2016 IT Salary Survey shows continued strong gains for IT pros. More than 70% of the 3,301 respondents reported a pay raise this year, marking the sixth year in a row that figure has risen since hitting a low of 41% in 2010. Likewise, only 3% reported a pay cut for 2016, down from a high of 14% in 2009.
Even better, the average increase in total compensation (including salary and bonus) was 3.9%, the highest year-over-year bump our results have shown in the past 15 years.
But tech workers with the right roles who work in the right industries located in the right metro regions reported even stronger gains in pay. Following are the 10 job titles that saw the highest percentage increases in total compensation this year:
Hottest IT job titles 2016
|JOB TITLE||CHANGE IN AVERAGE TOTAL COMPENSATION 2015-2016|
|Information security manager||+6.4%|
|Information security specialist||+4.7%|
|Chief information officer||+4.6%|
To see more job titles, check out our salary listings for senior management, middle management, and staff and entry-level IT positions. For a look at which IT fields are hottest, see "10 tech specialties with rising salaries."
As you might guess, salaries are rising more sharply in some cities than others. Chicago, No. 7 on last year's list of fast-rising metro regions, has surged into first place, causing last year's No. 1, Boston, to slip to second place. The bloom may be off the rose for San Francisco, which fell from third to tenth place.
Following are the 10 metro regions where survey respondents reported the highest percentage increases in pay:
Hottest metro regions for IT pay 2016
|METRO REGION||CHANGE IN AVERAGE TOTAL COMPENSATION 2015-2016|
|New York City||+4.8%|
|Raleigh-Durham / Winston-Salem / Charlotte, N.C.||+3.7%|
What industries are hottest? Believe it or not, survey respondents who work for nonprofit organizations reported the biggest bumps in pay this year (but note that "biggest increase" doesn't necessarily translate to "highest pay"). Next came retail, defense/aerospace and banking. Here are the 10 industries that saw the highest percentage increases in total compensation for 2016:
Hottest industries for IT pay 2016
|INDUSTRY||CHANGE IN AVERAGE TOTAL COMPENSATION 2015-2016|
|Defense / aerospace||+5.9%|
|Computer-related services / IT consulting||+4.4%|
|Finance / accounting||+4.3%|
|Business services / consulting (noncomputer-related)||+4.0%|
|Energy / utilities||+3.6%|
Percentages are all well and good, but how about some dollar amounts? It depends on which specific job title you're looking at, of course, but healthcare pays the highest for CIO-level execs, while government offers the best pay for tech support specialists.
Here's a look at the total compensation of a sampling of popular IT job titles by industry:
A sampling of IT pay by industry
|INDUSTRY||AVERAGE TOTAL COMPENSATION IN 2016|
|COMPUTER SERVICES / CONSULTING|
|Director of IT||$145,786*|
|Help desk / technical support specialist||$51,412*|
|CIO / vice president of IT||$153,641*|
|Director of IT||$104,910|
|Help desk / technical support specialist||$51,081*|
|CIO / vice president of IT||$118,678*|
|Director of IT||$107,208|
|Information security manager||$98,669**|
|Help desk / technical support specialist||$58,772*|
|CIO / vice president of IT||$206,038*|
|Director of IT||$113,432|
|Help desk / technical support specialist||$53,102*|
|LEGAL & INSURANCE|
|CIO / vice president of IT||$182,453**|
|Director of IT||$144,201*|
|CIO / vice president of IT||$171,824*|
|Director of IT||$137,830|
|Help desk / technical support specialist||$49,527**|
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