Top-paying industries for IT 2014

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Some IT professionals fared significantly better than others this year based on the industry in which they work. Somewhat surprisingly, the Computerworld 2014 Salary Survey respondents who reported the biggest pay increases work for nonprofit organizations, where total compensation — salary plus bonus — was up 4.4% from the previous year.

Other industries that saw strong increases in total compensation include telecommunications (up 4.3%), entertainment/marketing/advertising (up 4.1%), mining/agriculture/construction/engineering (up 3.4%) and legal/insurance/real estate (up 3.3%).

Read the full report: Computerworld IT Salary Survey 2014

Growth in bonuses was highest for IT pros who work in the legal/insurance/real estate industries, with an average 9% increase, and in telecommunications, with an average 8.6% increase. The industries that saw the largest decreases in bonus payments were education (down 9.7%) and health/medical services (down 7.1%). No industries saw a decrease in total compensation or in salary year-over-year.

Here’s a look at the total compensation of a sampling of IT job titles by industry:

Computer services/consulting

    CIO/vice president of IT: $148,500*
    IT manager: $123,262*
    Software engineer: $103,079
    Application developer: $75,289*
    Systems administrator: $73,567*
    Help desk/tech support specialist: $45,052

Education

    CIO/vice president of IT: $168,133*
    Director of IT: $101,315
    IT manager: $75,313
    Network engineer/architect: $71,129*
    Systems administrator: $59,948
    Help desk/tech support specialist: $48,473

Government

    Director of IT: $105,805*
    IT manager: $100,049
    Technology/business systems analyst: $83,635*
    Systems administrator: $80,468*
    Programmer/analyst: $79,573*
    Help desk/tech support specialist: $58,545*

Healthcare

    CIO/vice president of IT: $175,829*
    Director of IT: $113,598
    IT manager: $90,177
    Systems administrator: $71,824
    Technology/business systems analyst: $71,018*
    Help desk/tech support specialist: $51,030*

Legal & insurance

    CIO/vice president of IT: $226,206**
    Director of IT: $132,715**
    IT manager: $102,760*
    Programmer/analyst: $93,811**
    Systems administrator: $85,329**
    Help desk/tech support specialist: $55,499**

Manufacturing

    CIO/vice president of IT: $197,781*
    Director of IT: $132,052*
    IT manager: $99,050
    Systems administrator: $73,467*
    Network administrator: $63,078*
    Help desk/tech support specialist: $56,052*

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By Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer 
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