Optimism is on the rise among IT professionals, and there's little doubt that a steady increase in their salaries is a major contributing factor.
In an interview with ComputerWorld, which just released its "2013 Salary Survey," IT pro David Collins said that his move a year-and-a-half ago from contracting work to a full-time position came with some turbulence.
"I don't know whether we'll ever see the [salaries] we saw during the dot-com boom, but depending on your skill set, I certainly think salaries are pretty comparable to before the big downturn," Collins said.
Collins' anecdotal assessment is fairly accurate, at least according to the ComputerWorld survey results. Last year, the largest increase in IT pay occurred in the mining, construction and engineering industries, where salaries climbed 3.9 percent. The four industries that showed similarly strong growth were:
- Energy and utilities – 3.7 percent
- Computer-related services and consulting – 3.5 percent
- Automotive – 3.4 percent
- Non-computer-related business services and consulting – 3.1 percent.
Fortunately for IT professionals, these weren't the only industries that displayed an increase in salaries. The average across-the-board increase in 2013 was 2.3 percent, building off a 2.1 percent hike in 2012 and a 1.5 percent jump in 2011.
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