IT execs earn $155K on average, make up 5% of IT jobs: report

Summary:A new IT salary guide from Bluewolf reflects a widening talent gap as more baby boomers reach retirement age.

IT jobs will go up in number this year, but IT departments will have a harder time finding the right people with talent to fit those positions, according to the 2012 IT Salary Guide from sales and service cloud consulting firm Bluewolf.

The report pointedly reveals a widening talent gap as more baby boomers reach retirement age.

Specifically, the report also shows the biggest jumps in demand for mobile, data, cloud and user engagement technologists.

At the top of the employee food chain, CIOs and CSOs are seeing strong gains as well as business intelligence analysts, data architects, software and web developers, and security analysts.

Another handy feature that current and prospective IT employees might want to look over is the title subject matter of the report: average salaries depending on the job.

Most IT placements are in software development, and these employees earn $103,000 on average. IT technicians, executives, as well as security and quality assurance workers all find themselves with the smallest pieces of the pie at 5 percent each -- making between $68,000 and $155,000 annually.

The industries with the top IT placements are media/telecom, healthcare, retail, financial services, and high tech/software.

Issued annually for the past 11 years, Bluewolf asserts that its IT Salary Guide is used by companies and workers alike to identify emerging trends and opportunities in business and technology.

For a complete breakdown on salaries as well as advice about smarter staffing, the full report is available to download now.

Pie chart via Bluewolf


Topics: Tech & Work, Legal


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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