2007 Jobs Report Methodology (Salary and Hiring Surveys)

How we compiled Computerworld's annual survey of IT compensation, satisfaction and hiring trends

Salary Survey

Computerworlds 21st Annual Salary Survey was administered via the Internet. Responses from both Computerworld print subscribers and visitors to Computerworld.com were included in the survey results.

Starting on May 14, 2007, the following methods were used to invite participants to the survey:

  • An invitation was posted on the home page of Computerworld.com.
  • Each visitor to Computerworld.com was presented with a pop-up box inviting participation in the survey (with a frequency cap of one per user). Visitors were given the option of bypassing the survey to get to their intended destinations.
  • Links to the survey were included in various Computerworld e-mail newsletters.
  • Computerworld subscribers employed in IT job functions were sent an e-mail message from salarysurvey@computerworld.com inviting them to participate in the survey. For tracking purposes, each sample member received a unique address to gain access to the questionnaire. Subscribers could either click on the address to gain access to the questionnaire or enter the address using a Web browser. A survey couldnt be submitted more than once from each unique address.
  • A cookie methodology was used to ensure that there was no duplication of responses between or within the various sample groups. In addition, any duplicate responses from a single e-mail address were removed.
  • A house ad containing the survey link was included in issues of Computerworld.

The survey ended July 20, 2007. A total of 9,998 individuals responded to the survey. Of these respondents, 9,290 were employed full or part time and were eligible to complete the entire survey. At the 95% confidence level, the margin of error for this sample size is +/- 1 percentage point. Compensation figures for 2006 were calculated based on the percentage change reported by the respondents.


Eighty-three percent of our respondents were men, 92% were employed full time, and 46% said a bachelors degree was their highest level of education. Respondents had an average of 15 years in IT, and their average age was 43. Forty-eight percent indicated that they had some level of computer certification.

The companies they work for employ an average of 9,682 total employees and an average of 1,044 IT staffers. The average 2007 revenue of their employers was $2.9 billion. Thirty-nine percent work for public companies, while 36% work for private companies, 10% work in government, 8% at nonprofits, and 7% in education.

Eighty-three percent reported that they held the same jobs last year. Forty-five percent of our respondents indicated that they were in management, and 55% said they held staff or technical positions. The best-represented industry in the sample was IT services, with 15% saying they worked in that field. Nineteen percent reported living in the South Atlantic region of the country, and another 17% reported living in the North Central region, making those geographic areas the best represented. Four percent said they were employed as contractors or consultants.

Hiring Survey

Computerworlds survey on IT skills and hiring priorities was administered online in July 2007. Those respondents at the IT manager level and higher who completed Computerworlds 21st annual Salary Survey were invited to take this additional survey. Respondents were screened for involvement in decisions about hiring IT staff, and 204 were eligible to complete the entire survey.

Would you like to be included in next years Salary Survey? E-mail salarysurvey@computerworld.com, and well notify you when the 2008 survey is ready.


Copyright © 2007 IDG Communications, Inc.

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