chapter 10

technologies.

In a world where almost half of Gen X and Gen Z employees admit to secretly sending text messages during work meetings, technology can feel both ubiquitous and invisible. The same might be said about today’s most in-demand tech professionals: Search for tech-related roles on job boards and you’ll likely get twice as many hits today as a year ago — but where are all the candidates to fill them?

As any hiring manager will tell you, attracting, hiring and retaining top-notch tech pros is simply getting harder every year. The BLS foresees 13 percent job growth across all computer-related and IT occupations by 2026, a rate that’s faster than the average for all occupations and translates to about 557,000 new jobs. But taking advantage of that dynamic growth won’t be easy — and for your business to compete tomorrow, decisive action is required today.

 

expect to see 28% job growth for security analysts by 2026.

2020 outlook

In today’s dynamic business climate, tech know-how and the ability to innovate are closely connected — which means, when companies lack key talent, serious bottom-line risks can result. Even a single missing link on your tech team can keep business-critical projects from getting off the ground. So as competition for top candidates heats up in the year ahead, employers should rethink talent acquisition strategies, build more robust talent pipelines and examine the potential benefits of staffing partnerships. If not, you might face an uncertain future — in 2020 and beyond.

here's how to hire in technologies today

salary key

This guide presents nationwide pay information for today’s most prevalent and in-demand technology positions.

Compensation data is organized by annual salaries across three levels of professional experience:

entry-level
one year of experience

mid-level
five years of experience

senior-level
10 years of experience

data entry-level mid-level senior-level
big data
data warehouse/business intelligence developer $108,046 $131,123 $155,468
Hadoop developer $110,000 $146,279 $158,689
software development architect $119,083 $149,395 $181,185
database administration
ETL developer $107,729 $115,914 $152,563
Oracle database administrator $98,646 $127,374 $140,681
Oracle developer $104,613 $134,767 $151,190
SQL-server database administrator $112,798 $138,094 $163,336
SQL-server developer $107,412 $130,120 $157,369

data

big data

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

data warehouse/business intelligence developer

entry-level

$108,046

mid-level

$131,123

senior-level

$155,468

Hadoop developer

entry-level

$110,000

mid-level

$146,279

senior-level

$158,689

software development architect

entry-level

$119,083

mid-level

$149,395

senior-level

$181,185

database administration

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

ETL developer

entry-level

$107,729

mid-level

$115,914

senior-level

$152,563

Oracle database administrator

entry-level

$98,646

mid-level

$127,374

senior-level

$140,681

Oracle developer

entry-level

$104,613

mid-level

$134,767

senior-level

$151,190

SQL-server database administrator

entry-level

$112,798

mid-level

$138,094

senior-level

$163,336

SQL-server developer

entry-level

$107,412

mid-level

$130,120

senior-level

$157,369
enterprise software
collaboration tools
SharePoint developer $111,689 $128,430 $160,484
CRM/ERP
Oracle applications developer $111,689 $131,757 $160,537
PEGA developer $110,897 $136,404 $155,415
Salesforce administrator $101,233 $115,069 $144,536
Salesforce developer $111,742 $135,348 $158,689
SAP apps $114,911 $136,932 $154,147
SharePoint admininstrator $82,222 $118,871 $128,747

enterprise software

collaboration tools

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

SharePoint developer

entry-level

$111,689

mid-level

$128,430

senior-level

$160,484

CRM/ERP

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

Oracle applications developer

entry-level

$111,689

mid-level

$131,757

senior-level

$160,537

PEGA developer

entry-level

$110,897

mid-level

$136,404

senior-level

$155,415

Salesforce administrator

entry-level

$101,233

mid-level

$115,069

senior-level

$144,536

Salesforce developer

entry-level

$111,742

mid-level

$135,348

senior-level

$158,689

SAP apps

entry-level

$114,911

mid-level

$136,932

senior-level

$154,147

SharePoint admininstrator

entry-level

$82,222

mid-level

$118,871

senior-level

$128,747
functional areas
business analysis
business analyst $100,547 $123,783 $149,236
data analyst $91,517 $118,132 $140,787
project management
agile coach $122,515 $136,773 $159,692
product manager $93,259 $132,285 $163,283
program manager $106,250 $131,651 $160,009
project coordinator $60,201 $81,325 $105,828
project manager $102,554 $131,176 $160,801
scrum master $111,109 $138,569 $162,808
QA/testing
automated QA tester $92,309 $113,855 $139,255
manual QA tester $88,295 $113,274 $135,981
performance engineer (QA) $104,560 $129,644 $153,725
technical writing
instructional designer $78,156 $123,413 $148,919
technical writer $89,774 $118,977 $159,428

functional areas

business analysis

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

business analyst

entry-level

$100,547

mid-level

$123,783

senior-level

$149,236

data analyst

entry-level

$91,517

mid-level

$118,132

senior-level

$140,787

project management

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

agile coach

entry-level

$122,515

mid-level

$136,773

senior-level

$159,692

product manager

entry-level

$93,259

mid-level

$132,285

senior-level

$163,283

program manager

entry-level

$106,250

mid-level

$131,651

senior-level

$160,009

project coordinator

entry-level

$60,201

mid-level

$81,325

senior-level

$105,828

project manager

entry-level

$102,554

mid-level

$131,176

senior-level

$160,801

scrum master

entry-level

$111,109

mid-level

$138,569

senior-level

$162,808

QA/testing

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

automated QA tester

entry-level

$92,309

mid-level

$113,855

senior-level

$139,255

manual QA tester

entry-level

$88,295

mid-level

$113,274

senior-level

$135,981

performance engineer (QA)

entry-level

$104,560

mid-level

$129,644

senior-level

$153,725

technical writing

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

instructional designer

entry-level

$78,156

mid-level

$123,413

senior-level

$148,919

technical writer

entry-level

$89,774

mid-level

$118,977

senior-level

$159,428
infrastructure
desktop/help desk
desktop/help desk support technician $50,960 $78,948 $111,954
network engineering
network administrator $83,437 $117,868 $140,100
systems administrative engineering
Linux/Unix systems engineer $102,078 $128,694 $151,560
storage administrator $88,718 $116,706 $142,582
virtualization engineer/cloud developer/cloud engineer $108,468 $132,866 $164,128
Windows systems engineer $102,078 $113,960 $143,322

infrastructure

desktop/help desk

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

desktop/help desk support technician

entry-level

$50,960

mid-level

$78,948

senior-level

$111,954

network engineering

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

network administrator

entry-level

$83,437

mid-level

$117,868

senior-level

$140,100

systems administrative engineering

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

Linux/Unix systems engineer

entry-level

$102,078

mid-level

$128,694

senior-level

$151,560

storage administrator

entry-level

$88,718

mid-level

$116,706

senior-level

$142,582

virtualization engineer/cloud developer/cloud engineer

entry-level

$108,468

mid-level

$132,866

senior-level

$164,128

Windows systems engineer

entry-level

$102,078

mid-level

$113,960

senior-level

$143,322
security
network engineering
certified ethical hacker (CEH)/penetration tester $138,463 $147,863 $168,986
cybersecurity engineer $110,792 $128,641 $165,395
network engineer (Cisco or Juniper) $83,437 $110,105 $145,011
network security engineer $96,481 $129,063 $150,715
security analyst $96,745 $124,892 $147,282

security

network engineering

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

certified ethical hacker (CEH)/penetration tester

entry-level

$138,463

mid-level

$147,863

senior-level

$168,986

cybersecurity engineer

entry-level

$110,792

mid-level

$128,641

senior-level

$165,395

network engineer (Cisco or Juniper)

entry-level

$83,437

mid-level

$110,105

senior-level

$145,011

network security engineer

entry-level

$96,481

mid-level

$129,063

senior-level

$150,715

security analyst

entry-level

$96,745

mid-level

$124,892

senior-level

$147,282
software development
application architecture
software architect $119,083 $149,395 $181,185
software development engineer in test $89,246 $128,166 $151,137
devops
build and release engineer/configuration engineer $119,347 $138,358 $171,099
devops developer $110,845 $137,830 $163,125
software engineering
.NET developer $106,197 $128,641 $152,986
artificial intelligence (AI)/applications engineer $114,541 $138,094 $168,036
data scientist $114,330 $124,047 $153,936
embedded engineer $110,052 $131,017 $158,636
full stack web developer $107,518 $133,922 $158,530
JavaScript developer $104,983 $131,070 $157,950
machine learning engineer $108,732 $137,513 $168,089
mobile developer (iOS, Android, W8) $104,138 $134,714 $153,355
Python developer $107,412 $139,255 $162,702
software engineer/back-end engineer $110,739 $136,193 $158,002
web and app design
graphic designer $78,367 $121,301 $140,628
PHP developer $97,907 $129,169 $164,287
Ruby developer $111,954 $139,044 $164,287
UI/visual designer $105,986 $126,370 $152,986
UX/interaction designer $107,042 $133,658 $156,577

software development

application architecture

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

software architect

entry-level

$119,083

mid-level

$149,395

senior-level

$181,185

software development engineer in test

entry-level

$89,246

mid-level

$128,166

senior-level

$151,137

devops

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

build and release engineer/configuration engineer

entry-level

$119,347

mid-level

$138,358

senior-level

$171,099

devops developer

entry-level

$110,845

mid-level

$137,830

senior-level

$163,125

software engineering

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

.NET developer

entry-level

$106,197

mid-level

$128,641

senior-level

$152,986

artificial intelligence (AI)/applications engineer

entry-level

$114,541

mid-level

$138,094

senior-level

$168,036

data scientist

entry-level

$114,330

mid-level

$124,047

senior-level

$153,936

embedded engineer

entry-level

$110,052

mid-level

$131,017

senior-level

$158,636

full stack web developer

entry-level

$107,518

mid-level

$133,922

senior-level

$158,530

JavaScript developer

entry-level

$104,983

mid-level

$131,070

senior-level

$157,950

machine learning engineer

entry-level

$108,732

mid-level

$137,513

senior-level

$168,089

mobile developer (iOS, Android, W8)

entry-level

$104,138

mid-level

$134,714

senior-level

$153,355

Python developer

entry-level

$107,412

mid-level

$139,255

senior-level

$162,702

software engineer/back-end engineer

entry-level

$110,739

mid-level

$136,193

senior-level

$158,002

web and app design

entry-level

mid-level

senior-level

graphic designer

entry-level

$78,367

mid-level

$121,301

senior-level

$140,628

PHP developer

entry-level

$97,907

mid-level

$129,169

senior-level

$164,287

Ruby developer

entry-level

$111,954

mid-level

$139,044

senior-level

$164,287

UI/visual designer

entry-level

$105,986

mid-level

$126,370

senior-level

$152,986

UX/interaction designer

entry-level

$107,042

mid-level

$133,658

senior-level

$156,577

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