The average technology professional earned $96,370 in 2015

By Shawn Knight
Jan 26, 2016
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  1. Are you considering a career in the field of technology or studying up on what your peers are making ahead of a raise proposal? If so, the latest findings from technology career site Dice may be worth a look (no pun intended).

    Results of Dice's annual salary survey indicate the average technology salary in the US saw the biggest year-over-year leap ever, up an impressive 7.7 percent to $96,370. And for the first time ever, salaries in seven metro areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland and Silicon Valley hit six figures for the first time since the survey started more than a decade ago.

    Metro Area 2015 Salary Year / Year Growth (%)
    Silicon Valley $118,243 5
    New York $106,263 11
    Los Angeles $105,091 10
    Boston $103,675 7
    Seattle $103,309 4
    Baltimore / Washington D.C. $102,873 5
    Minneapolis $100,379 9
    Portland $100,309 10

    Source: Dice annual salary survey, January 2016

    The firm also found that 62 percent of technology professionals earned more in 2015 than they did in 2014. Nearly half of those polled said their pay increase was a result of a promotion or other merit increase while 23 percent credited a job change as the reason their salary increased.

    In addition to salaries, bonuses have become commonplace in the tech industry over the years. In 2015, the average industry bonus was $10,194 which represents a seven percent increase year-over-year. Dice reports that 37 percent of technology professionals received a bonus last year. That figure is unchanged from 2014 but represents a 13 percent increase compared to 2009.

    How does all of this stack up in the eyes of tech employees? According to the survey, 53 percent of people said they were satisfied with their pay. Career confidence is also high with 67 percent believing they could find employment elsewhere in their field if needed.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,147   +488

    I am waaaaaaaaay below the average.

    The issue I do have with the chart though, is that all of those cities listed are on the higher end of cost of living.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2016
  3. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Booster Posts: 88   +30

    I think as technology professionals that we should collectively NOT upgrade anything (HW or SW) for our managers and companies until this average salary is doubled. Seriously, what can they do if we all agree upon this edict? ;-)
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,620   +504

    Is that before or after Tax? Something that should be mentioned really.
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  5. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +193

    I would take it as before tax. I've never understand "salary" to mean anything but the amount your company pays toward you.
  6. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 163   +135

    I think it's assumed that the values listed are gross income amounts.
  7. Unearthed

    Unearthed TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Do those numbers include overtime and bonuses?
  8. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,084   +331

    IT covers a heck of alot of areas.

    Without a proper break down of what these positions were this doesn't mean much.
    Techman3 and Arris like this.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,532   +688

    I also suspect it does not include those that manage Tech related projects. That would be much closer to $190,000.
  10. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,212   +174

    That's almost what I make, but I shave about 33% off that for taxes, social security, and other junk. The cost of living is a big factor. Houses in this area absorb 50% of the take home pay or more if you want to live in a nicer area.
  11. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Enthusiast Posts: 32   +6

    Wish I made something close to that. I'm in technology too but damn, I'm being short changed.
  12. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    Salary doesn't get overtime... If I got my hourly pay plus overtime for the 120 hour weeks I really put in, I'd be seriously loaded. They want me to just work 40's but they want all the extra work done too so... Bonuses we get and I'd say that does NOT include bonuses...But there is no overtime.
  13. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    Only 33%? After medical, retirement, etc. I take home only about 40% of what I 'get'. Thanks Obamacare. (Medical costs have gone insane and I don't even get my 100% plan anymore. For a cripple like me, that's actually life threatening.)
  14. CorvusCorax

    CorvusCorax TS Member Posts: 22

    Ugh, after the exchange rate, my salary is about 40% of the average in those cities... that hurts.
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,352   +1,945

    You can safely assume it's before tax but I agree, it should be mentioned. Figures are never quoted after tax deductions, they tend to lose their lustre at a murderous pace.
  16. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Member Posts: 37   +11

    I'm 4-5 times lower than this study. I can't imagine Geek Squad or similar companies paying that much so just who are we talking about? Big companies that own sky scrapers? How would they be considered "average"?
  17. "Average technology salary" - can you be any more vague?
  18. DJMIKE25

    DJMIKE25 TS Booster Posts: 151   +47

    Hmm, I'm taking home about 20% less than the average, I need to talk to someone about that. Of course, like has already been stated, these are areas are much more expensive to live in than it is here in florida.
  19. Emexrulsier

    Emexrulsier TS Guru Posts: 504   +42

    specialist contractors like .net devs or cicso ccnas will earn that. My mate is .net developer and he is earning around $152k/year where lil old me Managing IT is earning around $65k but that doesn't take into account my manager bonuses such as cars, healthcare, profit share bonuses to name a few. Even holiday and sick pay is a bonus that many earning the higher wages contractor salaries wont get.
  20. JeromeFree

    JeromeFree TS Member Posts: 30

    I gotta change jobs man.

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