The top 10 paying IT jobs: IT careers can prove fruitful

Android developers saw a 6% salary increase, but it was only a 1% hike for iOS developers, survey finds

IT management positions have long paid quite well, but a new survey finds that a lot of other IT jobs are providing big paychecks.

Mondo, a company that recruits and places technology workers, collects data on its annual placements, which can be either permanent or contractor positions. Based on data from 4,000 placements this year, it developed a salary report that includes regional pay ranges, and year-to-year wage increases.

One of the more striking results was the difference in the rate of wage growth between Android and iOS developers.

Android developer salaries ranged from $110,000 to $155,000 this, and iOS from $105,000 to $155,000. The salaries seem similar, but there's a big difference in wage growth.

Salaries of iOS developers only increased 1% over the last year, while those of Android developers rose 6%, according to Mondo's data.

Mondo also reported that hiring of contract workers over full-time staff is an increasing trend, with 48% of hiring managers indicating that they plan to hire more contract workers, rather than permanent staff, over the next 12-18 months.

An increasing reliance on contractors by IT departments is something Computer Economics has also found in its surveys. Late last year, it found that the percentage of contract workers on IT staffs reach as high as 17% at some firms, the highest level of contractors-to-staff since the late 1990s.

People who rise to CIO, CTO and CSO positions earn the most money, but many other IT jobs are also paying well, according to Mondo.

Data warehouse engineer salaries range from $105,000 to $150,000 depending on region. Amazon Web Services consultants can earn from $110,000 to $140,000. Salaries for Hadoop and developers were as high as $160,000.

The salaries for .Net developers ranged from $95,000 to $135,000, and for Java/J2EE developers from $95,000 to $165,000.

Salaries, year-to-year, were up in the 2% to 5% range in many categories, though there were exceptions. Network engineers and network managers only saw a 1% increase. .Net developers were up 1% and Java developers 2%.

Broadly, Mondo identified the "hot" skills in a number of platforms including Oracle Eloqua, platforms, and cloud-based automation vendor Marketo. Hadoop and Netezza skills were among those in the highest demand.

The top paying IT positions are listed below. The low end reflects rates paid in locations such as Florida and Dallas, and the high end is what to expect in San Francisco and New York.

  1. CIO/CTO: $150,000-$230,000
  2. Chief Security Officer: $135,000-$200,000
  3. Application Architect: $130,000-$170,000
  4. VP, Information Technology: $130,000-$165,000
  5. Director, Information Technology: $125,000-$165,000
  6. Network Architect: $125,000-$150,000
  7. VP, Engineering: $120,000-$165,000
  8. VP, Infrastructure: $120,000-$165,000
  9. IS Security Manager: $120,000-$160,000
  10. MySQL DBA: $120,000-$130,000

Patrick Thibodeau covers cloud computing and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed . His e-mail address is

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