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Nov 2 2007   2:20AM GMT

Overheard: Who earns the most money in IT?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

I guess that if you want to earn more than $200,000 a year and work in IT, you’d better be a CIO. Too bad it’s a job position that Nicholas Carr thinks is going to go away.

Robert Half Technology has predicted the top 10 salaries for IT jobs in 2008. (Reprinted with permission.)

Title Low salary High salary
Chief Information Officer $126,750 $210,000
Vice President/Information Technology $112,250 $166,250
Chief Technology Officer $107,250 $165,250
Chief Security Officer $100,750 $150,000
Consulting/Systems Integration Director $93,240 $137,500
Consulting/Systems Integration Practice Manager $92,500 $125,500
Database Manager $88,750 $122,750
Information Technology Manager $86,750 $122,000
Data Warehouse Manager $90,750 $120,750
Applications Architect $87,250 $120,000

According to the press release for the 2008 salary guide: (which is an interesting read, of and by itself) “Information technology (IT) professionals in the United States can expect starting salaries to increase an average of 5.3 percent in 2008. Larger increases in base compensation are expected in high-demand segments such as applications and web development, network management, and database administration.”

The annual salary survey is based on an in-depth analysis of the thousands of job placements managed by the company’s U.S. offices. Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

After looking at the survey, I think I want to be a security auditor when I grow up. It sounds important. Or maybe I’ll be a messenging administrator — kind of an air traffic controller for corporate communications. Those are both new jobs that didn’t exist five years ago.

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