In today’s world, Information Technology is considered one of the top determining field. IT controls most of the industries and departments in the modern world. Computers, mobile devices, and other electronics are used in businesses, homes, and various institutions. With the delicacy and sophistication of these computerized devices, there are specific experts who control and develop them.
The IT specialists develop programs that run these devices, which makes it easy for the end-user to perform functions using them. It needs a proper understanding of the computerized devices so as to develop compatible programs to run them. These specialists are paid handsomely, depending on what the specialty, and the length of experience.
The Information Technology Salary
The IT salary ranges from one specialist to another. However, as of the 24th of June, 2016, IT specialists earn an annual salary of between $30,786 and $262,000. The salary varies widely, based on various factors. The median annual salary of an IT specialist is about $54,931.
IT Salaries Based On Title
Each specialist in the Information Technology field has a specific rank. This means that they will earn a varied amount of money, with regard to their title. Here is a look at the IT players’ salaries, from the top earner to the least earner.
• Chief Information Technology Officer – $261,396
• Top Division IT Executive – $253,252
• IT Director – $176,037
• IT Auditor Manager – $117,924
• Information Technology Manager – $110,647
• IT Auditor IV – $103,868
• Information Technology Supervisor II – $98,749
• IT Auditor II – $74,131
• IT Auditor I – $57,366
• IT Generalist – $54,174
Most of the IT specialists fall under the IT Generalist title. That is why the median annual salary ranges around that figure. All the Information Technology specialties are grouped under either of the titles named above.
Other than the title and the experience of the IT specialist, the employer is also a factor that affects the salary. Most of the self-employed It experts earn more money, compared to those that work for institutions. The location of the institution will also impact the final Information Technology Salary.
The Top Information Technology Specialties
There is a high increase in the demand for technology in businesses and other professional institutions. Various businesses are coming up with digital techniques to help them stay competitive enough in their specific niche. They focus on technology-oriented trends in particular specialties. It isn’t just about investing in any specialty, but rather choosing a suitable discipline that relates to the business needs and goals. Keeping that in mind, here are the common IT specialties, in relation to their salaries.
• Mobile App Development
As of the 8th of July, 2016, a Mobile App developer makes an average of $102,000.
There are millions of smartphones developed, and each user is in need of a customized application for performing specific functions. These mobile devices are run on specific Operating Systems. The two popular mobile device OS are Android and iOS. Many businesses and individuals are in demand for mobile app developers. Even the users that depend on programing languages like C++, Ex Code, SDK, and Objective-C are in need of the mobile app developers. Businesses need applications that help them handle their CRM, boost the communication with clients, employees, partners, and sponsors.
The mobile applications enhance other business functions like financial management or scheduling meetings by setting reminders. Their high demand is one reason why mobile app developers are making good money each year.
• Business Intelligence/Big Data Analytics
As of the 8th of July, 2016, the average Salary of a Big Data Analyst is $88,000, while a Business Intelligence Specialist earns a median annual salary of $110,248.
Big Data Analyst helps to transform the decision-making of organizations concerning the data management. The data analyst will acquire, develop, and sort huge amount of data that are complex to handle by a regular employee.
Each organization needs the proper administration of their databases. Even though a business owner or an employee can handle huge data amounts, they still need to comprehend how the data was assembled. That is where the work of the Big Data specialist comes in. The analyst will study the data and handle it with perfection.
More than 50% of the technology executives in the US consider Big Data Analytics a must-have specialty in an organization. It is highly valued in the IT department, which is why an organization must find the right professional to handle the massive tons of data. Other than hiring the right professional, an organization can select a potential candidate for proper training.
The Information Technology salary of a Business Intelligence Specialist has increased, compared to 2015. This one is almost linked to the Big Data Analytics, and they share several aspects. A lot of business persons have claimed to consider hiring specialists that have good skills in BI and Big Data Analytics.
Business Intelligence deals with software developments that are used for the analysis of the raw data of an organization. The branch is made up of activities like online analytical processing, data mining, reporting, and querying.
• Web Development/Design
Most of the web designers and developers charge an hourly fee, but the average annual salary of the web designer/developer is about $76,281. Though this ranges in terms of the specialist, and location.
Web development/Design is another top IT specialty that is in high demand. A website helps businesses to broadcast their existence to the online world while selling their products or services. For web developers, they are categorized into two; back-end and front-end developers.
Each of the categories has different aspects covered. For the IT specialists that choose the front-end web development, they will focus mostly on the highly-demanded programming languages like CSS 3, HTML 5, and several Java Scripts. These are the most valuable sections of the front-end web developers.
Back-end development entails closed source and open source development. For the open source back-end web development, candidates will mostly aim at learning Java program languages, Ruby, and PHP. Conversely, closed source back-end web development mostly deals with C#, VB.net, ASP.net, and .net framework.
Web development entails the customization of the programming languages to allow the website to run on various web browsers. Conversely, a web designer aims at the appearance of the final website, with an aim of attracting more clients. A well-designed website can attract more visitors while broadcasting the content better. Various techniques are applied to make the website extra appealing.
As of the 24th of June, 2016, a Network Engineer earns a median annual salary of about $92,000.
Network administration is highly valued in organizations, which makes it a top IT specialty. With the Network Engineer, they deal with firewall filtering, IP routing, packet debugging/tracing, network management, packet capture, integration, and virtual environments.
The network engineer will mostly be responsible for the wireless network management. Organizations are highly depending on the wireless technology, which gives the network engineers a top priority. The engineers connect mobile and remote employees, as they sustain a reliable and secure access to the company’s network.
The wireless network specialists will conduct research, customize, and implement the wireless networks accordingly. They also make necessary recommendations of the wireless network, additions, necessary upgrades, and optimization. The engineer manages the entire network infrastructure of the organization.
• Content Strategist
A Content Strategies makes an annual salary of between $77,500 and $109,000.
The strategist has the role of setting the game plan/strategy for developing content that reflects the business needs and objectives. They are also among the top specialists in the Information Technology field, who are highly demanded by organizations. A high-quality and unique content is among the primary factors that attract more visitors to an organization’s website.
The content strategist ensures that the content produced is sensible enough to the target audience, and it revolves around the business goals. They also make the content interesting enough so as to pull more customers. Their high demand is what has made them be among the top earners in the Information Technology salary breakdown.
They can create content to be published on the company’s official website, or to other social media platforms of that organization. This is meant to boost the coverage of the company and increase the usability/relevance of the content to the audience.
• User Experience
A User Experience, UX, Specialist earns an annual salary of around $86,500 to $132,500.
Any platform, program, or software that is difficult to understand by the user can ruin the reputation and growth of an organization. That is why the UX specialists are highly demanded. The User Experience expert will create captivating experiences to users. They get the results from the workflow analysis or user research. This way, they can get the main complaints or satisfactions of the users so as to know where to put in more effort, and where the clients feel contented. They are almost like web designers, but they also work on other related technological platforms to boost the user experience.
The UX Experts have the role of analyzing user-based researches online and use their design and technical skills to deliver user-friendly platforms.
• Multimedia Designer
As of the 8th of July, 2016, the Information Technology salary of a Multimedia Designer ranges between $61,750 and $91,000.
The multimedia designer has the role of developing and producing multimedia content for interactive and electronic communication on the internet, interactive exhibits/displays, and multimedia presentations.
The role of the Multimedia designer has increased in the recent age, and many organizations are in need of their services. The designers possess creative and technical expertise that let them deliver their services to an organization. With their top abilities, the multimedia designers can create exciting content for the end-user. In some cases, the multimedia designers can play the role of a web designer or developer, since the concepts are relatively similar.
• User Interface
A UI Developer can make between $87,500 and $132,000 in a year.
The User Interface Developer has the role of building the relevant interfaces that link up the users of specific application or platform to the back-end data and processes. The developer will provide the right code that meets the accessibility and usability standards as they let the user meet their targets or goals easily.
The UI Developer will usually work under an IT leader, and they will be given specific duties and instructions that relate to the User Interface. The complexity of the developer’s job will depend on the size of the team and the company as well.
Just like the User Experience, User Interface is equally vital for any organization. It helps to increase the satisfaction and contentment of the user. The UI specialists are highly demanded to help businesses ease the ability of users to access platforms and applications.
A User Experience and User Interface Expert will work along with the Web Developer/Designer, along with the mobile application developers. They help the mobile app and web developers come up with websites and applications that are easy to use and usable enough to the target audience.
• Cloud Computing
As of the 8th of July, 2016, the average annual salary of a cloud computing specialist is about $102,000.
The world is moving towards virtual communication, which makes cloud computing a top priority for many organizations. A cloud computing specialist applies the necessary skills and expertise in the cloud computing for a business to store their data in the cloud. They also make it easy for the employees to understand the cloud computing infrastructure in delivering the best services. With cloud computing, businesses can be sure of keeping their files safe, without worrying about a limitation of space or loss of data. The cloud-based files can be accessed at any time and from anywhere, which is why the cloud computing specialists are highly demanded by businesses.
• Information Security
An Information Security Manager makes an annual salary of around $48,000.
The InfoSec Manager develops and applies techniques of defending the vital information from unauthorized use, disruption, access, perusal, destruction, inspection, recording or modification. They help to ensure that the databases and other vital information are perfectly defended. A security manager can also develop and apply suitable anti-malware and antivirus programs to defend the sensitive information of the organization.
The overall Information Technology salary will range from one specialist to another, making it a vast field with plenty of players that earn varied amounts of money. Since individuals and organizations highly demand them, IT specialists make a lot of money annually. The above-stated amounts might vary depending on the location, employer, experience, and qualification of the IT specialists.
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