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Top-paying industries for IT 2013

Compare IT salaries across a sampling of industries and job titles

April 8, 2013 06:00 AM ET

Computerworld - Some IT professionals fared significantly better than others this year based solely on the industry in which they work. In the 2013 Computerworld Salary Survey, the industry with the biggest increase in IT pay was mining/construction/engineering, where total compensation -- salary plus bonus -- was up 3.9% from the previous year.

Rounding out the top five in terms of increases in total compensation were energy/utilities (up 3.7%), computer-related services/consulting (up 3.5%), automotive (up 3.4%) and non-computer-related business services/consulting (up 3.1%). Of industry sectors that experienced growth, IT workers in the telecommunications sector experienced the smallest gain in the past year, with a increase in total compensation of just 0.4%.

Read the full report: Computerworld IT Salary Survey 2013

The top industries for bonuses were transportation/logistics, with an average 11.2% increase in bonuses, followed by energy/utilities at 9.9% and the nonprofit sector at 7.6%.

The largest average decreases in bonus payments were in retail trade (-6.6%), education (-2.9%) and biotech/pharmaceuticals (-2.2%).

Here's a look at the total compensation of a sampling of IT job titles by industry:

COMPUTER SERVICES/CONSULTING

  • Project manager: $99,338
  • IT manager: $91,204
  • Technology/business systems analyst: $88,433
  • Network engineer/architect: $87,212
  • Software engineer: $85,280
  • Systems administrator: $76,703

EDUCATION

  • CIO/vice president of IT*: $148,831
  • Director of IT: $91,852
  • IT manager: $85,229
  • Systems administrator: $70,148
  • Network administrator*: $55,365
  • Help desk/tech support specialist: $48,865

GOVERNMENT

  • CIO/vice president of IT*: $137,308
  • Director of IT*: $103,083
  • IT manager: $92,111
  • Programmer/analyst*: $80,019
  • Systems administrator*: $76,291
  • Help desk/tech support specialist*: $52,744

HEALTHCARE

  • CIO/vice president of IT*: $178,640
  • Director of IT: $114,706
  • IT manager: $88,807
  • Systems analyst*: $76,085
  • Systems administrator*: $74,338
  • Help desk/tech support specialist*: $56,015

LEGAL & INSURANCE

  • CIO/vice president of IT**: $199,850
  • Director of IT*: $125,844
  • IT manager*: $109,621
  • Technology/business systems analyst**: $83,805
  • Systems administrator**: $81,138
  • Help desk/tech support specialist**: $56,107

MANUFACTURING

  • CIO/vice president of IT*: $162,824
  • Director of IT*: $145,260
  • IT manager: $99,037
  • Systems administrator*: $65,602
  • Network administrator*: $63,129
  • Help desk/tech support specialist*: $55,586

* More than 15 responses but fewer than 30

** Fewer than 15 responses

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