Base compensation for information technology professionals will remain virtually unchanged in 2002. At the same time, starting salaries are projected to increase by an average of 0.1% in 2002, compared to the 8.4% increase forecast this time last year.
According to the guide, network security professionals will see the greatest starting salary increases of any job category, for the second year in a row, with base compensation expected to rise by 3.4% in 2002.
In terms of job title, Applications architects can expect the largest rise in base compensation – an increase of 6.7% in average starting salary compared to 2001, while starting salaries for consulting and systems integration directors should rise an average of 6.1%, according to research from RHI Consulting.
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Other notable increases in starting salaries from 2001, according to the guide, include:
- a 4.8% increase for database managers, bringing their base compensation to between $83,000 and $114,000,
- a 4.7% rise for software engineers, their starting salaries moving to between $65,000 and $97,000,
- disaster recovery specialists will see starting salaries increase 3.1% to between $57,000 and $86,000,
- base compensation for senior help desk specialists will increase by 4.9%, with starting salaries in the range of $57,000 and $45,000,
- systems administrators will earn average starting salaries between $51,000 and $72,500 annually, a gain of 2.1% over 2001
Industries forecasting particularly strong demand for IT professionals in 2002 include:
· health care,
· financial services, and
· real estate
Information in the Salary Guide is derived from thousands of job searches, negotiations and placements conducted each year by RHI Consulting recruiting specialists.