2024 IT Salary Survey by company size and metro area
Growth of Salaries for IT Pros slows -Just under 3% for last 12 months
IT compensation does not keep up with inflation and hiring slows but still strong
2024 IT Salary Survey by company size and metro area available for immediate download. Janco and eJobDescription.com has conducted salary surveys of the IT Job market over 40 years. The data from this survey has been published in the Computer Industry Almanac, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, eWeek, and many other business and industry publications. In addition, over the years it has been featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and several national and international television and multi-media outlets.
IT Salaries were on the rise. More companies were investing in information technology. The emphasis over the past several years is in both e-commerce and mobile computing. At the same time with the ever-increasing Cyber attacks and data breaches, CIO are looking to harden their sites and lock down data access so that they can protect all of their electronic assets.
Added to that in an ever-increasing array of mandated requirements from the EU with GPDR and US federal and state requirements to protect individual users' privacy. All of these factors increase demand for experienced IT Pros and salaries they are paid.
The salary survey is updated twice a year; once in January and then again in July. Janco and eJobDescription.com not only look at base salaries, they also report on total compensation. How survey is conducted is described here.
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Top Paying IT Positions
Large enterprises tend to compensate IT Professionals more than SMBs. The top 10 paying execeutive jobs are shown in the chart below. The only position that is paid more in mid-sized enterprises is that of Vice President Consulting Services.
Salary Survey Summary
Are you paying too much or too little to your IT staff? Do you have IT job descriptions? Are you earning what you're worth? Whether employer or employee, it is important to know what other companies are paying in total compensation for a similar position in your area. Learn how your company compares in the area of compensation. Data is as of June 2023.
- Base salaries for all IT Pros increased by 2.6% - now $95,879
- Median salaries for IT Pros in large enterprises is $103,178 with executives' median of $183,515
- Salaries for IT Professionals in aggregate rose 2.59% in the past 4 quarters – less than the annualized inflation rate
- Retirements of IT Professionals peaked as more “Baby boomers” opted out of returning to work
- Salary compression is occurring as “new hires” are offered salaries at the top end of the pay ranges for existing positions – often paid more than current employees in the same position
- Total mean compensation for all IT Professionals increased from $97,557 to $100,079
- Attrition rates in mid-sized enterprises are rising faster than in large enterprises
- Salary levels in mid-sized enterprises are rising faster than in large enterprises 3.04% versus 2.26%
- Consultants who augment IT Staff and skills now are in high demand
- Demand has remained highest for IT professionals who support security, Blockchain, Work From Home (WFH), and e-commerce
- Staffing and retention continue as a primary priority of C-level management
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IT Positions in Demand
Hiring prospects are looking good for IT Professionals. Many enterprises are looking expand the size of the IT function as the economy continues to recover and application development increases along with the use of contractors and consultants.
Current IT Hiring Plans - IT Job Hiring Stalls
With the move towards Artificial Intelligence, the treat of an economic downturn, inflation, high energy cost, and the continued wars will continue dampen hiring for IT pros over the next few quarters.
Based on Janco's interviews and survey data the following positions are in high demand.
Updated with the latest IT Salary Survey Data see IT Salary Survey post pandemic
Fringe Benefits for IT Professionals
Companies have started to adjust the fringe benefits provided to IT Professionals. A full historical comparison of trends in benefits is included with the full version of the Janco IT Salary Survey.
Fringe Benefit Historical Trends
Top Paid CIOs
The top compensation for highest paid CIO is over $21 million and that is for Michael Schroepfer at Facebook. Most of his compensation is tied directly to the stock of his company. From public data we have found that there at least 25 CIOs who's compensation $2 million and above.
The average total compensation for the top 36 highest paid CIO for the year ending 12/31/2022 was well over $2 million with a base salary average of $550K. The balance of compensation came from bonus, stock, options, and pension programs.
IT Job Market Size
The IT job market now includes 3.9 million individuals. These are all high salary positions and critical to US economy.
Updated with Latest Data
Historic IT Job Market Size
Data complied by Janco Associates with data as of February 2024