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Redmond 2009 salary survey v4

  1. 1. 2009 Salaries: IMAGE FROM SHUTTERSTOCKGoodNews,with Strings AttachedRedmond’s annual survey of Microsoft IT compensationshows that, despite a global recession, respondentsreported higher average salaries—but lost some groundwith raises and bonuses. By Michael Domingo, Executive Editor of New Media
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  3. 3. W e’re in the midst of a Centra Health in Lynchburg, Va. He Chart 3a. Bonuses massive recession expected a more modest increase, “consid- Respondents were asked if they received a that’s approaching the ering our economy and the poor state that bonus this year thus far. The majority of them were denied; Chart 3b offers some two-year mark. In many companies are in.” good guesses as to why. 2008, when we report- Tony F., a technical architect in Austin, No bonus 52.4% ed that salaries in the Texas, who got a peek at the numbers, Up to $1,000 7.6% Microsoft IT community went up, the believes the results are due to companies $1,000 - $4,999 19.8% recession had respondents wondering if “attempting to retain more ‘useful’ employ- $5,000 - $9,999 9.8% IT salaries had fi nally hit a high mark. A ees,” to build strength against the recession. $10,000 - $14,999 4.6% year later, the recession has gone global, James Robbins, Jr., a member of the $15,000 - $19,999 2% but amazingly it hasn’t had the impact on Computer IT’s Adjunct Faculty at Com- $20,000 or more 3.8% base compensation that we expected. munity College of Beaver County in The overall base salary this year? Pittsburgh, suspects salaries jumped $83,113. While 36.5 percent of survey because more companies off-shored low- participants said they saw no change in er-skilled talent over those five years, so salary from last year, nearly half claimed specialized workers remaining within the Chart 3b. How Are Bonuses their salary was higher in 2009 (see United States are getting paid more. Calculated? Chart 1, this page). Both guesses are good ones, but we hon- Based on company profitability 22.6% estly can’t tell if this year’s results Based on personal performance 18.3% bear them out. What we do know Based on certification 0.8%Chart 1. 2009 Overview Combined profitability/performance 30.8%The demographic of the average Redmond reader. Respondents is this: Despite the recession and Profitability/performance/certification 4.4%who said their salaries were higher than in 2008: 49.4 percent; reports of decreased spending andthose who saw no change: 36.5 percent. Other reason not cited here 23.0% job losses, those who remainAverage, Base Salary $83,113 employed and working withMedian Salary $78,156 Microsoft technologies fared bet-Raise/Increase $1,569 ter than average IT workers. 22.6%Bonus $3,046 We can’t make a direct compari-Age 45.2 years 23.0% son to the results of our past sur-Years in IT 11.6 years 18.3% veys, but we can place our surveyMale vs. Female 7:1Education: 64.7% have at least a 4-year degree in context with others to give youOverall Satisfaction 3.12 an idea of why this year’s base sal-(1=worst, 5=best) ary is good news. 30.8% Take the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics 4.4% 0.8% It’s good news so far, but it certainly (BLS) figures released in July. According caught us with our guard down. The same to BLS data compiled in mid-2007, the was the case for Brent Magenbauer, a sur- median salary for computer systems spe- vey respondent and server team leader at cialists and systems administrators was Chart 2a. How Your $68,130. Redmond readers, whose median Salary Changed salary is $78,156, fared better by 14 per- Chart 2. Average Raise We asked respondents how their salary cent. (Although the data was just released, Respondents reported a mean raise of changed; 781 people responded to this $1,569. Compared to years past, its portion of the survey. As the adage goes, it’s compiled from numbers that were gath- considerably less. Disheartening are the “You never know, unless you ask.” In this ered in mid-2007.) results for those who reported a pay cut, case, that method worked for better than That Redmond readers saw salaries go which accounted for 9 percent. Recessions one in five respondents. Even so, about 30 bite in more ways than one. percent of respondents to this question had higher in 2009 also jives with a 2009 Com- no change or had a negative impact on salary. puter Economics Inc. projection. The Up to $999 6.4% Asked for a raise; Computer Economics reports show IT $1,000-$1,999 10.8% $2,000-$2,999 12.2% justified by performance 22% salaries rising by 2 percent. Information- $3,000-$3,999 7.4% Was promoted 9% Week’s 2009 results are similar, at 1.67 per- $4,000-$4,999 5.3% Hiked salary as incentive cent higher. Its survey shows median to remain with company 17% $5,000-$9,999 8.2% salaries at $80,000. Cost of living increase 21% $10,000-$14,999 2.8% Laid off; got new job 2% A Janco Associates Inc. survey doesn’t $15,000-$19,999 0.9% No change 17 show as much optimism as our results do. $20,000-$24,999 0.4% Pay cut as part of Janco reports salaries for middle managers $25,000 or more 0.7% budget reductions 5% at large enterprises rising 0.43 percent to No increase 35.5% Demoted 1% $79,575 from 2008 to 2009, but for midsize Decrease 9% Laid off; no job yet 3% enterprises, the numbers go down 0.24 Other negative impacts 3% percent to $72,272. 3 | Salary Survey 2009 |
  4. 4. Chart 3c. Salary Expectations Chart 4. Base Salary, Job Title Peter’s experience is par for 2010 Managers usually sit atop the salary pyramid, but programming for the course, if Chart 3b Respondents were asked to predict where project leads fared better in 2009. (p. 3) is any indication: salaries will be headed next year. The Programming Project Lead (Non-Supervisory) $100,635 22.6 percent of companies majority remain optimistic, but just barely. Most of them expect between $1,000 to Management (Supervisory) $98,907 award bonuses based on $5,000. That optimism is evened out by the Networking Project Lead (Non-Supervisory) $82,563 profitability. There’s a nearly half who expect no increase or Database Administrator/Developer $80,894 majority if you add to that predict a decrease. Many of those who Programmer/Analyst $78,818 responded believed the recession will another 30.8 percent Trainer $77,989 continue to have impact. Network Engineer $76,877 who measure bonuses It will increase 51% Webmaster/Developer/Producer $74,951 based on a combination ...decrease 5% Systems Administrator $70,491 of profitability and per- ...stay the same 43% Help Desk/User Support $49,887 sonal performance. Role Play How did job roles affect Chart 3d. Raise Expectations their companies frequently offer raises salaries? Chart 4 (this page) shows base for 2010 based on sales or merit. Even with the salaries by job title. Managers in years past Up to $999 7% recession, Gerhard Ziegler, a LAN admin- have typically held the top-salaried title. $1,001 to $2,999 23% istrator in Parkville, Md., expects his raise This year, managers are outflanked by $3,000 to $4,999 13% will land between 3 percent and 4 percent, programming project leads with no $5,000 to $6,999 3% while Tony F. is optimistic that he’ll see a supervisory responsibilities, who make up $7,000 to $8,999 4% raise that closely resembles a cost-of-living 6.8 percent of the respondents. These $9,000 to $10,999 1% adjustment of around 5 percent. leads’ salaries exceed the six-figure mark, $11,000 or more <1% We also asked respondents to offer insights at $100,635 on average. Managers are the None 43% into next year’s raises (see Chart 3d, this largest responding segment at 34.1 percent. page). Of those who expect a raise, 23 They claim the second spot at $98,907.Where Does It Hurt? percent believe they’ll see an extra $1,000 to One in four respondents said they’re aThis year’s compensation is a mix of good $3,000. Another 13 percent expect to get systems administrator. Sysadminsnews and bad. While many respondents within the $3,000 to $4,999 range. Maybe average $70, getting raises or bonuses, fewer it’s a sign of hard times ahead when the Chart 5 (this page) shows how tenureoverall received these boosts and many number of respondents who expect a raise can affect salaries. With a few anomalies,didn’t get as much as they did last year. A shrinks by 25 percent. most salaries show a progression of high-look at raises shows respondents reporting The bonus picture was brighter; $3,046 er salaries the longer one stays in IT.they expect an average of only $1,569 in on average for those who received one. Experienced respondents with manageradditional compensation this year. Com- But Chart 3a (p. 3) shows a grim statistic: and programming project-lead titlespanies may be looking to retain good 52.4 percent reported no bonus at all. made well over six figures this year. Inemployees, but they’re clearly taking a “The recession is defi nitely a factor,” says other words, it pays to remain in IT.tough look at incentives as they face the Peter Z., an applications engineer with abigger prospect of staying fi nancially value-added reseller in Illinois. “Bonuses Technology’safloat in these harsh times. never materialized because the company Cutting Edge Derek Martin, a systems engineer in didn’t meet its stated sales goals.” Historically, those with hotter, more cur-Eugene, Ore., told rent technology expertiseRedmond that “raises have a decided advantagewere cut out this year” at Chart 5. Years of Experience, Job Title (see Chart 7, p. 6). Those Experience often commands higher salaries. Exceptions here are the anomalieshis company. Count among managers, systems administrators, trainers and Web-based workers. who work with OracleDerek among the 35.5 1-2 3-5 6-9 10+ RDBMS made seriouspercent of respondents Overall $59,111 $70,178 $69,539 $88,365 coin this year, atwho said they had no Database Administrator/Developer $39,748 $57,442 $72,200 $88,342 $100,522. Specialists whoraise at all (see Chart 2, Help Desk/User Support $38,320 $46,623 $51,044 $54,750 work for outsourcingp. 3). Including those Management (Supervisory) $112,177 $90,542 $86,007 $100,794 firms and extranetswho said they had their Network Engineer $55,404 $86,000 $67,726 $81,466 round out the top three,pay cut, we’re looking at Networking Project Lead (Non-Supervisory) * * * $85,476 at $97,350 and $96,879,a bleak reality of 44.5 Programmer/Analyst $52,000 $62,371 $67,001 $83,397 respectively. It’s no sur-percent of respondents Programming Project Lead (Non-Supervisory) * $66,000 $91,000 $103,084 prise that those whomaking the same or less Systems Administrator $59,675 $61,139 $59,991 $74,226 work with portable andmoney. Trainer $55,280 $98,932 $79,750 $81,449 embedded computing Many of the respon- Webmaster/Developer/Producer * $64,625 $42,750 $84,917 devices are makingdents we contacted said *insufficient data $95,228, as companies 4 | Salary Survey 2009 |
  5. 5. Chart 6. Job Satisfaction By ranking, “Absolutely satisfied” is a 5, while “Dissatisfied” is a 1. The results show percentage of respondents for each answer (for example, 41.5 of those who responded were “Fairly satisified” with their base salaries). The Average indicates overall rank among respondents to that portion of the survey; that is, base salary satisifaction averaged 2.99, or almost “Fairly satisified.” Base Raises/ Other benefits Paid Flexible work Paid Salary Bonuses etc. (cars, assoc. fees, etc.) Time Off Schedule Training Absolutely satisfied 5.2 5.5 4.5 12.5 17.8 6.3 Very satisfied 24.4 21.0 16.1 38.7 38.6 20.8 Fairly satisfied 41.4 32.8 34.3 35.5 29.5 31.2 Somewhat dissatisfied 21.1 28.2 29.7 8.6 10.7 30.4 Dissatisfied 7.9 12.5 15.4 4.7 3.4 11.2 Average 2.99 2.79 2.65 3.46 3.57 2.81 Access to New Job Corporate Work Overall Technology Security Culture Responsibilities Compensation Absolutely satisfied 10.5 13.0 9.0 8.8 5.4 Very satisfied 33.5 34.9 25.1 39.7 25.8 Fairly satisfied 35.5 34.7 35.5 37.5 40.9 Somewhat dissatisfied 16.1 12.0 21.0 10.8 19.8 Dissatisfied 4.4 5.4 9.3 3.1 8.2 Average 3.29 3.38 3.04 3.40 3.00What’s Hot in Microsoft Technology Methodology We asked respondents to tell us what technologies their compa- In this year’s survey, we nies were planning to implement. More than one in four plan to randomly e-mailed a link to implement Windows 7 by the end of 2010—though only 9.4 per- an online survey to 40,000 cent plan to implement it by end of this year—with 17.2 percent Redmond print and PDF upgrading to Windows Server 2008. More than 12 percent said subscribers and Redmond they’d do so by the end of 2009, and nearly 35 percent already Report newsletter read- are on the OS. ers. We trimmed those who Another hot technology is Exchange 2010, with just 2.6 per- lived outside the United cent of respondents considering installing before year’s end, but States, as well as those who 16.2 percent expecting to have it in place by the end of 2010. don’t receive the print or What’s interesting in the data is that Windows Vista was a PDF issue, from the 1,627 big loser, with 41.8 percent of respondents saying they’d never responses. Then we excised install it, even though 21.8 percent already have. Just as interest- respondents who said they ing are those who’d never install Macs or Linux: 56.1 percent and were unemployed as of the 48.8 percent, respectively. survey. That left us with 1,368 valid responses. Note: Some of the IT pro-scramble for experts who can make work- Content Management Server experts and fessionals we intervieweders more productive via their iPhones and $103,858 for Application Center complete wish to remain anonymousBlackBerry devices. yet another, impressive top-three list. for fear of suffering back- Help desk technicians came in at the bot- If you predicted that experts who claim lash from employers or col-tom rung of the salary ladder. Making Windows operating system skills reported leagues. We refer to those$76,885 isn’t bad for a position that might lower salaries, you’d be nothing short of a respondents by first namebe considered entry-level, but take this mind reader. At the bottom rungs of the and last initial.number with a grain of salt. Those who salary ladder are IT professionals whoseanswered this part of the survey claimed primary work is managing themore than one skill, meaning some of the Microsoft OS: $55,455 for NT techs, financial doldrums. There are hints of thathigher-end managers who oversee help $55,911 for Windows client support and taking place with forecasts of strong Win-desk technicians were counted here as well. $66,844 for Windows Vista technicians. dows 7 and Windows Server 2008 upgrade We also asked respondents what Micro- plans later this year and the growing use ofsoft technologies they specialized in. What This Year’s SharePoint and Microsoft’s messaging plat-Microsoft has been playing up its unified Survey Means forms. To make all of this stuff work, therecommunications strategy this year, and it If we have to boil down the numbers to will always be a need for well-informed,looks like companies are willing to pay for derive any meaning, it comes down to this: well-trained, experienced Microsoft ITexperts with Live Communications skills Companies will be looking to Microsoft professionals, and companies will pay a pre-to the tune of $111,750. $109,202 for technology to bring them out of these mium to hire and retain them. 5 | Salary Survey 2009 |
  6. 6. Chart 7. Salary by Technology Expertise Chart 8. Salary By Microsoft Product ExpertiseIf you work with data, your salary is probably nearing six Microsoft IT specialists are often able to influence salaries. Thosefigures. The Oracle experts among the Redmond readershipclaim to be making a kings ransom, with data warehousing whose day-to-day work extends beyond the Windows networkingexperts right behind them. OS realm have a distinct advantage in making salary demands.Accounting software $89,035 Application Center $103,858Backup and storage management $80,964 App-V $67,500Customer relationship management $88,941 BizTalk Server $102,180Data warehousing $98,741 Content Management Server $109,202Database administration $87,004 Exchange $88,013Database development $87,027 Forefront *E-commerce $94,708 Windows Home Server *Extranets $96,879 Host Integration Server *Hardware design $86,654 Identity Integration Server *Help desk support $76,885 Internet Information Server $80,116Intranets $84,640 Internet Security/Acceleration Server *LAN/WAN internetworking $79,285 Visual Studio $89,550Linux $84,135 Live Communications Server $111,750Messaging/e-mail $81,536 Microsoft Operations Manager $92,021Novell $83,130 Office/Visio/FrontPage $89,674Oracle $100,522 Project Server $95,833Outsourcing $97,350 SharePoint Server $94,513Portable/embedded computing $95,228 Small Business Server $67,356Research/development $94,842 SQL Server $90,045Routers and switches $79,816 Storage Server $82,021Security $85,039 Systems Management Server $75,667Software design $95,501 Systems Center $81,300Strategic planning $96,340 Terminal Services $73,666Systems integration $89,208 Windows 2000 $77,818Systems management $83,537 Windows Client Support $55,911Telephony $83,591 Windows NT Server $55,455Training $83,107 Windows Server 2003 (a) $72,861Unix $88,831 Windows XP $76,411VPN/remote management $81,633 Windows Vista $66,844Virtualization $83,996 Windows Server 2008 $85,869Web services $89,655 Windows Essential Server $86,426Web site development/management $88,768 Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V $84,856Windows testing/planning/pilot $82,077 *Insufficient DataWireless/mobile computing $84,374*Insufficient DataEducational Level Education does have some impact on salaries. Typically the higher the degree, the higher the salary. Those with Chart 9. Education Of the 1,039 who responded, 62 percent have a doctoral degrees made the most, at $106,761 (3 percent baccalaureate degree or better. of respondents claim to have such a degree). Those By percentage By salary with four-year degrees or higher made better than the Some high school 0.2 * overall base salary: a $7,000 improvement for those with Graduated high school 3.9 71,810 ongoing post-graduate study and another $7,000 for Attended some college 20.8 75,818 those who have achieved master’s degrees. Those who Graduated 2-yr college 13 68,308 made better than the overall base salary comprised 62 Graduated 4-yr college 30.7 83,243 percent of respondents, which means our readers, on Post-grad study/no degree 10.8 90,555 the whole, are well-educated and well-compensated. It Masters degree 17.6 97,110 Doctoral degree 3 106,761 behooves those who ask, “Which earns more: a degree *Insufficient Data or a certification?” to keep at their school studies. 6 | Salary Survey 2009 |
  7. 7. Chart 10. Additional Compensation OfferingsFewer companies are putting into 401(k) programs than in years past, withadditional compensation incentives mainly covering the essentials. Think medical and On Hiring:dental benefits first. Figures dont add up to 100 percent, as respondents were ableto choose all that apply. “As more computersPaid medical/dental 60% are produced andPaid life insurance401(k) without company contribution 52% 55% more new devicesPaid training 49% are introduced in theCollege education reimbursement 42%Bonuses 40% market, more high-Paid certification examsPaid technical conference attendance 29% 32% tech jobs will bePractice equipment (computers, switches, etc.) 21% created. Hiring nextSoftware for personal use 16%High-speed home Internet connection 12% year will most likelyStock purchase program 12%Profit-sharing 12% go up.”Expense account 10.7% James Robbins, Jr.,Stock option program 8% Adjunct Faculty, Computer IT,Car allowance 5% Community College of BeaverOther (please specify) 5% County, Pittsburgh, Pa.Sabbatical (one month or longer) 3%Chart 11. Salaries by State Chart 12. Salaries by Major Metro AreasWhere you live can affect salary expectations. By state, Californians top Break down salaries by metro areas and you get a slightly differentall, with Maryland and New Hampshire IT residents in the second and picture. California seems to be an exception in this case, as salaries forthird positions. West Virginians make $35K less than the average those in three of its major metro areas were among the highest:Redmond reader, followed by those in New Mexico and North Dakota. Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles were at the top of the list. For other high salaries, you have to go to the other coast, particular inAlaska $70,885.00 Montana * the Washington, DC area and in Charlotte, North Carolina, anotherAlabama $75,056.00 North Carolina $92,942.00 high-tech hotbedArkansas $67,653.00 North Dakota $55,225.00Arizona $88,949.00 Nebraska $73,391.00 Albuquerque $69,166.00 Milwaukee $83,661.00California $99,874.00 New Hampshire $98,714.00 Atlanta $79,741.00 Minneapolis $85,708.00Colorado $82,532.00 New Jersey $96,584.00 Austin $75,706.00 Nashville $60,667.00Connecticut $94,540.00 New Mexico $53,375.00 Baltimore $86,477.00 New York $99,436.00Delaware $72,400.00 Nevada $73,766.00 Birmingham $83,200.00 Oklahoma City $72,149.00Florida $80,477.00 New York $86,689.00 Boston $95,016.00 Omaha $82,747.00Georgia $75,246.00 Ohio $73,454.00 Charlotte $106,857.00 Orlando $86,100.00Hawaii $69,671.00 Oklahoma $67,259.00 Chicago $92,011.00 Philadelphia $85,190.00Iowa $84,563.00 Oregon $95,766.00 Cincinnati $82,345.00 Phoenix $83,500.00Idaho $79,800.00 Pennsylvania $74,092.00 Cleveland $84,055.00 Pittsburgh $81,142.00Illinois $82,422.00 Rhode Island $80,849.00 Columbus $79,874.00 Portland, OR $78,688.00Indiana $79,721.00 South Carolina $65,245.00 Dallas/Ft. Worth $89,774.00 Sacramento $124,575.00Kansas $85,191.00 South Dakota $50,764.00 Denver $77,967.00 Salt Lake City $95,100.00Kentucky $71,097.00 Tennessee $69,616.00 Des Moines $89,458.00 San Antonio $78,600.00Louisiana $64,350.00 Texas $81,899.00 Detroit $71,085.00 San Diego $97,224.00Massachusetts $90,731.00 Utah $94,352.00 Houston $83,111.00 San Francisco $113,416.00Maryland $99,623.00 Virginia $91,637.00 Indianapolis $80,010.00 San Jose $100,353.00Maine $79,500.00 Vermont $73,000.00 Kansas City $91,723.00 Seattle $89,444.00Michigan $68,121.00 Washington $82,572.00 Las Vegas $78,737.00 St. Louis $75,166.00Minnesota $83,223.00 Wisconsin $71,835.00 Los Angeles $104,686.00 Tucson $76,333.00Missouri $76,902.00 West Virginia $48,400.00 Memphis * Washington, DC $110,807.00Mississippi $63,666.00 Wyoming * Miami $90,830.00 * Insufficient data to report results.* Insufficient data to report results. 7 | Salary Survey 2009 |
  8. 8. Chart 13a. Hiring Plans, Chart 13b. How Many Will Chart 15a. Have You Been LaidNext 12 Months Be Hired? Off in the Last 12 months?Unemployment continues to be a struggle, We hear anecdotal evidence of colleaguesso those who have a job are the lucky 1 to 5 51% and friends of coworkers being laid off orones. Fewer than 30 percent of respondents 6 to 10 10% fired or RIFed, but from a survey perspective,expect to be wo rking with new hires. Of 11 to 20 4% Redmond readers have been lucky so far, withthose, about half expect less than a handful 21-30 2% only 4 percent of you having been axed (andof employees to join the IT ranks. who, despite the circumstances, answered 30 8% our survey). Nearly one in three who saidYes 29% Dont know 25% they lost a job in the last 12 months wereNo 47% able to get rehired or find work elsewhere.Unsure 24% Yes 4% No 96% Yes Yes 29% 25% 51% 4% Unsure 24% 8% No No 4% 10% 96% 47% 2% On the Salary Increase: Chart 15b. ...Rehired/Found “Certain areas the IT market a New Position? Rehired 5% still seems pretty hot, as I still Found Job 27% get a lot of recruiter hits for Unemployed 68% contract work.” 5% Derek Martin, Lead Systems Engineer, Roseburg 27% Forest Products Co.Chart 14a. Whats the Impact of 68%Outsourcing on your Job?Outsourcing appears to have very low impactthis year and next year. Weve asked thisquestion for the last 5 years and the results Chart 14b. Will Outsourcinghave been fairly steady in this regard. Impact You Next Year? 2008 2009 2008 2009No Impact 91.7% 91.9% No Impact 90.7% 90.2%Lost job to outsourcing 5.7% 5.9% Will lose job to outsourcing 6.8% 7.2%Found job with outsourcer 2.6% 2.1% Will find job with outsourcer 2.5% 2.6% 2.1% 2.6% 5.9% 7.2% Chart 16. Will You Be In IT 91.9% 90.2% in 5 Years? Overwhelmingly, IT professionals choose to be working in this profession. Yes 89%2008 percentage shown as white lines only. 2008 percentage shown as white lines only. No 11% 8 | Salary Survey 2009 |