News.com quotes Enterprise Systems survey, found a decrease in compensation for 50% of the IT middle management positions surveyed, compared with 2002. Internet managers weathered a 9.4% decline in compensation, while information systems managers suffered a 5.8% drop and help desk/support managers experienced a 4.5% decline. Systems analysts and application programmers saw the largest jump in salaries and bonuses (6.6% and 7.6%). System administrators were the only IT staff position to see a decline of 9.7%. Chief information officers and vice presidents experienced the largest overall increase on average, earning about $130,000, compared to $110,560 in Enterprise Systems' 2002 survey.
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