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“How much should I be paid?” That’s a question every worker asks. Sure you have valuable skills and good experience, but how do you know if you’re being compensated fairly?
There’s good news for IT workers. IT salaries are increasing at nearly twice the national average. However, the amount of money you earn depends on a wide variety of factors:
Your position: The IT field offers a wide variety of jobs with a huge range of pay. Top-earning jobs include IT security manager, architect and business analyst.
Your qualifications: While education and certifications are important, the IT industry places a strong emphasis on experience. Keeping up with the most recent technologies may be more important than where you went to school.
Your industry: You’re likely to earn more in the corporate world than you will in the nonprofit, government or education sectors. Remember, though, better benefits like more time off can help make up for lower salary.
It’s to your advantage to do some digging on salaries in your industry.
The gold standard for wage data is the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Go to bls.gov and check out the Occupational Employment Statistics databases.
You can always try working with a recruiter who specializes in IT staffing. Recruiters have access to detailed information about local markets that you won’t find anywhere else.
You know, a salary isn’t the only thing to consider when thinking about pay. Consider whether an employer will contribute to health insurance coverage. Also think about where the job is located. Check out a cost-of-living calculator to see how your wages compare in different cities.
And finally, a company that offers paid training and opportunity for growth is one that’s going to help you earn more in the future.
With this information at your disposal, you’ll be one step closer to getting the salary you deserve.