Research Shows Uptick in Average Starting Salaries for IT Professionals

Oct 24, 2006

MENLO PARK, CA -- Information technology (IT) professionals in the United States can expect starting salaries in 2007 to increase an average of 2.8 percent over 2006, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology 2007 Salary Guide.  Larger increases in base compensation are expected in high-demand roles such as software developer, web developer and data warehouse manager.  

Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.  The annual salary survey is based on an in-depth analysis of thousands of job orders managed by the company’s North American offices.

“Business expansion and increasing investments in technology continue to drive demand for highly skilled IT professionals,” said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology.  “To attract top candidates, many companies are raising compensation levels for new hires to ensure their salaries remain competitive with their local markets.”

According to the Salary Guide, software developers will see the greatest starting salary gains of any job classification in 2007, with base compensation expected to rise 5.1 percent, to the range of $60,250 to $94,750 annually.  “Companies seek individuals who can enhance applications, and develop new software prototypes and solutions to satisfy customer demands,” Lee said.  “A shortage of experienced software developers means companies are willing to pay top dollar to recruit and retain these professionals.”

Base compensation for web developers is projected to increase 4.2 percent next year, to a range of $54,750 to $81,500.  Data warehouse managers also should see starting salaries increase 4.2 percent, bringing them to the range of $85,500 to $113,500 annually.

Other key findings from the Robert Half Technology 2007 Salary Guide include:

  • Project managers will earn average starting salaries of $72,750 to $106,250 annually, an increase of 4.1 percent over 2006.
  • Quality assurance analysts can expect base compensation in the range of $52,250 to $74,500, a gain of 4.1 percent over 2006 levels.
  • Applications architects will see starting salaries rise 4 percent, to the range of $80,000 to $112,750 per year.
  • Base compensation for network security administrators will increase 3.7 percent, with starting salaries of $69,750 to $98,500 annually. 
  • Average starting salaries for IT auditors will rise 3.1 percent, to the range of $69,250 to $97,000 annually.

Industries forecasting particularly strong demand for IT professionals in 2007 include financial and business services, insurance, technology, healthcare and manufacturing.  However, hiring activity varies significantly by geographic region.  (All salaries listed are national averages.  A regional analysis of hiring trends and compensation variances is included in the Salary Guide.)

Information in the Salary Guide is based on the thousands of job searches, negotiations, and project and full-time placements made by Robert Half Technology staffing and recruiting specialists.  Continuing or ongoing salaries are not reported since seniority, performance, work ethic and other hard-to-measure factors can affect pay as individual work histories develop.

Organizations of all sizes and in all industries refer to the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide to help determine appropriate compensation levels for IT staff and to prepare annual budgets and business plans.  In addition, educational institutions and government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor, use the guide for research purposes.

With more than 100 locations in North America and Europe, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support.  Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at

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