Information technology (IT) professionals in the United States can expect starting salaries to increase an average of 3.4 percent in 2011, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology Salary Guide 2011. Larger increases in base compensation are expected in high-demand segments such as applications and web development, data security and enterprise resource planning (ERP).
According to the Salary Guide, web designers will see the greatest starting salary gains of any job classification in 2011, with base compensation expected to rise 5.5 percent, to between $50,750 and $83,000 annually.
Other key findings from the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide 2011 include:
-- Base compensation for ERP technical developers – who tailor ERP software for their organizations – is projected to increase 5.2 percent next year, to a range of $79,250 to $109,500.
-- Average starting salaries for business intelligence analysts will rise 5 percent, to the range of $82,500 to $116,250 annually.
-- Data modelers can expect base compensation in the range of $80,750 to $111,250, a gain of 4.5 percent over 2010.
-- Network managers will see average starting salaries rise 4.3 percent, to the range of $79,250 to $109,500 per year.
-- Base compensation for IT auditors will increase 4.2 percent, with starting salaries of $77,750 to $108,000 annually, on average.
Industries forecasting particularly strong demand for IT professionals in 2011 include business services, transportation and healthcare.
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