CIO Symmetry

Jan 9 2014   4:11PM GMT

IT professional salary info and career aspirations: An executive view

Emily McLaughlin Emily McLaughlin Profile: Emily McLaughlin

Every fall, TechTarget polls the IT masses to find out which technology professionals have enough dough in which to roll. In addition to learning who the high earners are, TechTarget’s 2013 Annual Salary and Careers Survey asked participants (1,711 IT professionals in North America) about bonuses, pay cuts, IT budgets/staffing and overall job satisfaction.

Over the past couple weeks, the writers and editors at SearchCIO and its sister sites have sifted through the salary data, turning out story after story for your reading pleasure, plus another special treat.

Visual learners, rejoice! Take a look at our — if we do say so ourselves — visually appealing IT career salaries infographic, which depicts everything from 2013 salaries and expected compensation changes in 2014 to IT priorities and the mood within IT organizations.

Looking for a more detailed overview of our survey? Head over to our Essential Guide for the ultimate overview of our Salary and Careers Survey stories. Topics covered include:

The IT executive perspective
Three senior IT executives dish on their compensation and what keeps them engaged in the workplace. Read the full feature by SearchCIO Editorial Director Christina Torode to absorb their advice and learn about their top projects in the year ahead.

Senior IT execs’ increased earning potential
Could you be making more money? A senior IT executive’s earning power is contingent on industry, company size, company revenue and a number of other factors. Executive Editor Linda Tucci picks apart the salary data.

Compensations on the rise
Senior IT executives responding to the survey reported an increase in compensation in 2013. Senior Features Writer Karen Goulart explains how those compensation numbers are expected to increase steadily through 2014.

Innovation and growth make IT do the happy dance
Just like Mom always told you, money doesn’t equate to happiness  — so what does? Goulart weeded through the survey data on IT job satisfaction and the organizational mood and found that CIOs get excited when they see their company moving forward

Cloud, cloud and more cloud
According to salary survey respondent David Girard, “Cloud is making a huge difference to IT careers.” Learn why cloud computing continues to loom large, plus more from Torode on career goals among IT professional.

Budgets and headcounts: Up or unchanged
Overall, IT leaders saw a stable or growing change in their IT department budgets and headcounts, according to survey results parsed by Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski. Several executives weigh in on how they’ll direct IT resources in the year ahead.

BYOD continues to gain traction in IT
Outsourcing who? Bring your own device takes the spotlight in Laskowski’s roundup of top technology priorities, while only 2% of survey respondents said that outsourcing and privacy are their primary project areas.

The GRC salary
SearchCompliance Site Editor Ben Cole took a peek at salary trends amongst the governance, risk and compliance professionals who took our survey – turns out, as the demand for their skill increases, so do their salaries.

What do you think about all this salary mumbo-jumbo? Do these numbers and experiences match up with your own? Share your thoughts here or on the individual story pages.

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