Wednesday, August 21, 2013

2013 IT Salary Survey Results

CIO is the highest paid IT role, with a salary range of $195,000 to $230,000, followed by: CTO ($145,000 - $208,000); CSO ($145,000 - $208,000); IT security manager with 10+ years of experience ($145,000 - $177,000); software architect ($144,000 - $170,000); and application architect with 10+ years of experience ($136,000 - $185,000).

Looking ahead to 2014, Mondo predicts a spike in demand for HTML5 developers with salaries to range from $97,000 to $135,000.

Starting salaries for tech pros in the U.S. are on the rise, says Michael Kirven, founder and CEO of Mondo. “The trends that I’m seeing today are very, very optimistic,” Kirven says. Midway through 2013, “the rate of IT hiring and the rate of IT salaries is accelerating” compared to the first half of the year, he says.

There’s strong demand for tech pros with expertise in areas such as mobile, big data, cloud computing, and user experience, and that demand is in turn driving salary increases.

“Everybody wants big data business analysts. Not database developers or programmers, but business analysts, people who can look at a big data architecture and help translate how that would be valuable to the business,” Kirven says.

Another role that’s in high demand is user interface analyst, with expertise in optimizing the user experience. “Everybody wants those skill sets -- marketing departments, IT departments, you name it, across every single vertical,” Kirven says.

Mondo singled out a number of jobs that saw big pay gains, percentage-wise, in 2013. The largest increase in base compensation went to seasoned IT security managers (from $90,000 in 2012 to $145,000 in 2013) and systems analysts (from $65,000 to $83,000).

Other big gains went to: data analysts (base salaries increased 18.3% from $60,000 to $71,000); Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) engineers (18% increase from $100,000 to $118,000); senior help desk staffers (15.4% increase from $65,000 to $75,000 for candidates with 7-10 years of experience); technical writers (14.3% increase from $70,000 to $80,000); and Android developers (8.3% increase from $120,000 to $130,000).

At the other end of the spectrum, Mondo identified IT roles with the lowest salaries: help desk staffer with 1-3 years of experience ($40,000 - $65,000); hardware technician ($43,000 - $70,000); help desk staffer with 3-5 years of experience ($55,000 - $74,000); desktop virtualization specialist ($55,000 - $70,000); desktop support analyst ($70,000 - $90,000); and system administrator with 1-5 years of experience ($71,000 - $120,000).

In a separate study, Robert Half Technology (RHT) reports that 12% of U.S. CIOs plan to expand their IT teams in the third quarter of 2013 (compared to 14% in the previous quarter). In addition, 56% plan to hire for open IT roles, 26% expect to put hiring plans on hold, and 6% plan to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mobile devices continue to reign as new ultramobiles gain ground

Shipments of smartphones -- most of them powered by Android -- will outnumber PCs by a factor of six in 2013, according to a new report from Gartner that finds demand for mobility will help drive a 5.9% overall increase in shipments of computing devices this year. The report predicts that advancements in processing technology -- led by Intel's Bay Trail and Haswell chips -- will cut a path for thin, lightweight notebooks such as Google's Chromebook, with shipments of "ultramobiles" expected to nearly double to 20.3 million by year's end.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Energy firms face major cyberattack exposure, report says

A report says natural gas and oil companies are facing heightened exposure risks to cyberattacks and that the industry was hit with more malware in six months last year than any other industry. The Council on Foreign Relations report cites cyberespionage and activity that aims to disrupt business operations as the two prime dangers to these companies.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Google revamps Earth and Maps with new features, clearer view

Google has refreshed its Earth and Maps services with a simpler interface, better directions information and a Street View option that lets users "fly" to a chosen spot, Trevor Mogg writes. The company has also installed satellite images that magically erase clouds blocking the view.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Survey: Cyberattacks considered the top global threat

Tech and business leaders view cyberattacks as the No. 1 threat, according to a Cyber Ark survey. Fifty-one percent of those polled said a potential cyberattacker has been on their IT systems in the past year. "Businesses are realizing how important these threats are. Their concern reflects the government's concern about the threats," said Cyber Ark's John Worrall.

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