Computerworld's 19th Annual Salary Survey was administered via the Internet. Both Computerworld print subscribers and visitors to were included in the survey.

Starting on May 3, 2005, the following methods were used to invite participants to the survey:

  • An invitation was posted on the home page of

  • Each visitor to was presented with a pop-up box inviting him to participate in the survey (with a frequency cap of one per user). Visitors were given the option of bypassing the survey in order 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 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 couldn't be submitted more than once from each unique address.

  • A house ad containing the survey link was included in print issues of Computerworld.

    A cookie methodology was employed to ensure that there was no duplication of responses between or within the various sample groups. In addition, any duplicate responses from the same e-mail addresses were removed.

    The survey was cut off on June 30, 2005. A total of 15,988 individuals responded to the survey. Of those respondents, 14,253 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 less than +/- 1 percentage point.

Special Report

2005 Salary Survey

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