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IT Salaries:
Myths and Truths
Our 2018 Salary Survey shows that median IT salaries climbed $5,000
since last year, and a majority of IT professionals are satisfied with
their jobs. But the outlook isn’t as rosy for women in tech.
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3 About the Author 6 Figure 1: IT Total Compensation 21 Figure 20: Learning New Skills
4 Research Synopsis 7 Figure 2: IT Total Compensation by Title 22 Figure 21: Skills for Advancement
5 Executive Summary 8 Figure 3: Overall Satisfaction 23 Figure 22: Paying for Training
6 Not Everything You Know about Salaries 8 Figure 4: Gender Pay Gap 23 Figure 23: Amount Spent on Training
Is True 9 Figure 5: Impact of Outsourcing on Career 24 Figure 24: Security of Career Path in IT
6 What Conventional Wisdom Gets Right 10 Figure 6: What Matters Most 24 Figure 25: Job Security
8 What Conventional Wisdom Gets Wrong 11 Figure 7: Time Spent 25 Figure 26: Intellectual Challenge
10 Management vs. Staff 12 Figure 8: Promising Career Path 25 Figure 27: Satisfaction with Total
11 Trends to Watch 13 Figure 9: Gender Compensation
13 Appendix 14 Figure 10: Noncash Benefits 26 Figure 28: Training Valued
15 Figure 11: IT Outsourcing 27 Figure 29: Changes in Pay, Benefits, or Job
15 Figure 12: Impact of Outsourcing on 28 Figure 30: Accepting a Lesser Title
IT Professionals 29 Figure 31: Experience Outside IT
16 Figure 13: Technologies Threatening Jobs 29 Figure 32: Non-IT Positions Held Previously
17 Figure 14: Looking for a Different Job 30 Figure 33: Education
17 Figure 15: Years in IT and Years at 30 Figure 34: Age
Company 31 Figure 35: Job Title
17 Figure 16: Number of Employers 32 Figure 36: Company Size
18 Figure 17: Reasons for Job Search 33 Figure 37: Company Revenue
19 Figure 18: Critical Business and Technical 34 Figure 38: Industry
Skills
20 Figure 19: Technologies Purchased

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AUTHOR

Cynthia Harvey
Interop Reports
Cynthia Harvey is an award-winning writer and editor who has been covering the technology industry for more than 15 years.
She frequently writes about artificial intelligence, cloud computing, open source software, the Internet of Things, DevOps, and
other topics of interest to enterprise IT. She is based in the Detroit area, and you can find her on Twitter as @ckharvey.

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RESEARCH SYNOPSIS
ABOUT US Survey Name: Interop and InformationWeek 2018 Salary Survey
Interop
Interop is the industry’s most Survey Date: July 2018
trusted independent confer-
ence focused on Full Stack
Region: United States
IT education for technology
leaders. The event continues
the 30 years Interop has ded- Respondent Base: 1,800 information technology (IT) professionals employed in the U.S. The margin of error for the total
icated to providing IT profes- respondent base (N=1,800) is +/-2.3 percentage points.
sionals with a trusted environ-
ment to learn, collaborate, Methodology: Interop and InformationWeek surveyed technology professionals employed in the United States with questions
and uncover new strategies related to salaries, benefits, and other career issues. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an
and solutions they need to
email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to a select group of UBM’s audience.
lead their businesses through
Half of the respondents worked in management roles, and half held staff positions. Forty-five percent were from enterprises with
constant change and dis-
ruption. Interop offers both more than 1,000 employees, and they represented a wide range of industries. UBM was responsible for all programming and data
breadth and depth of con- analysis. These procedures were carried out in strict accordance with standard market research practices.
tent to a broad IT audience
across core areas: Cloud,
Data & Analytics, DevOps,
Government, Infrastructure,
Leadership & Professional
Development, and Secu-
rity. For more information,
visit interop.com.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In general, IT workers are very happy with their chosen careers, and it’s little wonder. The 2018 Interop and InformationWeek
Salary Survey revealed that pay for tech staff is high and rising, and most respondents reported good benefits and challenging
work. In many cases, the latest survey results confirmed the conventional wisdom about what it’s like to work in IT, although it
also offered some significant surprises. It also revealed that the gender gap continues to be a problem for the occupation. In
addition, the survey highlighted some important differences between the experiences of managers and staffers, as well as some
noteworthy trends that will shape the future of IT.
• Median salaries increased by $5,000 for both managers and staff, although staff pay still trails the all-time high set in 2014.
• 84% of U.S. technology workers are male, and they earn about $20,000 more than their female colleagues.
• More than half of IT professionals have employer health insurance plans and 401(k) match plans; other types of benefits are
less common.
• 59% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs; only 17% were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.
• More than half of tech workers received company-paid training last year.
• Managers are looking for a challenge; staffers want solid pay and benefits.
• Only 9% of respondents believe their jobs are insecure.
• 66% of respondents say outsourcing has not impacted their careers, but 67% listed outsourcing as a threat to their jobs.
• 47% of respondents are planning to beef up their security skills this year.
• 71% of respondents have worked for only one or two employers.

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Not Everything You Know Figure 1

about Salaries Is True IT Total Compensation


Decades of coverage of IT employment What is your total annual compensation (base salary and any bonuses)?
issues have trained tech workers to expect
All respondents (US IT professionals)
certain things from salary reports: Average $105,000 $100,000  2018 Median Total
Compensation
salaries usually increase. Workers at big tech Staff
$90,000 $85,000  2017 Median Total
firms get amazing perks. Most IT workers Compensation
Management
are men. IT workers are always looking for $125,000 $120,000
a better offer.
Note: Median rounded dollar amounts
The 2018 Interop and Information-Week Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals
Salary Survey confirmed some of those
expectations, but in other cases, it revealed
results were the same: both groups saw $5,000 increase in pay, but there were
truths that counter the traditional wisdom.
salary increases of about $5,000 (Figure 1). some notable exceptions (Figure 2). At
It also called attention to some disparities
between managers and regular staffers, However, because managers make more the top of the org chart, CIOs, CTOs, and
and it highlighted some important trends than staffers, the percentage increase was other executives saw a $15,000 increase in
that are reshaping IT. greater for those who aren’t in manage- median pay. On the other end of the spec-
ment. Staffers experienced a 5.9% increase trum, workers in the programmer/analyst,
What the Conventional Wisdom over 2017, with median total compensa- systems analyst, and help desk category
Gets Right tion of $90,000 for 2018. That’s very good endured flat wages. The programmer cate-
Salaries are high and rising. On average, IT but still behind the all-time high of $92,000 gory is particularly notable because devel-
workers saw their pay rise by about $5,000 set in 2014. On the management side, sala- oper salaries have traditionally risen faster
last year. The median respondent to the ries climbed 4.2% to $125,000, which is the than IT salaries as a whole. This could mark
survey reported $105,000 in total compen- highest they’ve ever been in the Informa- a shift in that trend.
sation for 2018. tionWeek Salary Survey. Tech workers enjoy their jobs. By and
When we broke down the numbers Diving deeper into the numbers, most large, IT folks are a happy lot. When asked
by staff and management positions, the job titles also experienced the same about their overall satisfaction with their

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Figure 2 jobs, 59% said that they were either satis-
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fied or very satisfied. And only 4% were
IT Total Compensation by Title very dissatisfied (Figure 3).
What is your total annual compensation (base salary and any bonuses)? Managers were even happier. Sixty-five
Which of the following best describes your job title?
percent of those in management roles said
CIO/CTO or other IT executive 
$185,000 $170,000
they were satisfied or very satisfied, and
only 2% were very dissatisfied. That was a
Vice president, IT
$155,000 $150,000
slight decrease in overall satisfaction from
last year, but still very positive overall.
CSO (chief security officer)/security management
$155,000 $150,000
IT staff workers were also pretty happy
with their pay. A majority (52%) were either
Architect
$140,000 $135,000
satisfied or very satisfied with their total
compensation, and only 5% were very
Program manager/project manager
$115,000 $110,000
dissatisfied.
The gender gap is alive and well. Those
Software/web developer
$115,000 $110,000
salary growth and satisfaction numbers
don’t mean that everything is well in the IT
Director/manager, IT, networking, or infrastructure
$105,000 $100,000
employment world, however. Men continue
to dominate the tech field, holding 84% of
IT supervisor
$95,000 $90,000
all positions, 81% of staff positions, and
87% of management positions.
Programmer/analyst
$85,000 $85,000
The women in IT continue to make
significantly less than their male counter-
Systems analyst
$80,000 $80,000
parts. Overall, median total compensa-
 2018 Median Total Compensation tion for women was $90,000, compared
IT staff
$75,000 $70,000  2017 Median Total Compensation with $110,000 for men (Figure 4). The
one positive trend in this area, from a
Help desk
$55,000 $55,000
female perspective, is that pay for women
Note: Median rounded dollar amounts
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Figure 3 at both the staff and management levels
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is rising faster than for men. Female staff
Overall Satisfaction saw a $5,000 total compensation increase
Overall, how satisfied are you with all aspects of your job, including compensation, between 2017 and 2018, while median
benefits, and other aspects of your employment relationship?
pay for male staff remained flat. On the
 Very dissatisfied  Dissatisfied  Neutral  Satisfied  Very satisfied
2% management side, women experienced a
4%
11%
5% $10,000 increase in median pay compared
14% 16% 11%
13% 16% to $5,000 for men. If the trend continues,
it could eventually correct the imbalance.
Total Staff Management 22%
24%
41%
What the Conventional Wisdom
27%
45%
49%
Gets Wrong
Most tech workers don’t receive
Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals
outlandish benefits. Silicon Valley startups
may be wooing prospective employees
Figure 4 with promises of stock options and paid
health club memberships, but for the vast
Gender Pay Gap majority of IT professionals, these things
What is your total annual compensation (base salary and any bonuses)?
aren’t the norm. Instead, workers have to
Female (staff or management) content themselves with health insurance
$90,000 $85,000
Male (staff or management)
(84%) and a 401(k) matching plan (70%). A
$110,000 $105,000 third of staffers and 56% of managers also
Female staff get company-paid smartphones, and more
 2018 Median Total
$80,000 $75,000
Compensation
Male staff
than a third (37%) of IT pros also get some
$90,000 $90,000  2017 Median Total
Compensation
paid education and training.
Female managers Outsourcing hasn’t affected most IT
$115,000 $105,000
workers. Less than half of respondents (48%)
Male managers
$125,000 $120,000 said that their companies have outsourced
Note: Median rounded dollar amounts
Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals
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Figure 5 lower employee morale (44%), reduced
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salaries for new hires (38%), and fewer
Impact of Outsourcing on Career opportunities for advancement (35%) —
What impact has outsourcing had on your career path?
even though they hadn’t experienced these
I’ve gotten expanded/new responsibilities
14% things themselves. In addition, 67% said
I’ve lost my job that they viewed IT operations outsourcing
9%
as threatening to their jobs.
I’ve had to be retrained for new jobs/skills
5% More than half of tech workers aren’t
I’ve taken a pay cut looking for a new job. IT managers some-
5%
times have the impression that their workers
I’ve been promoted
4% are ready to jump to another company at
I’ve relocated to new city/state/country the slightest enticement, but the survey
3%
I’ve been demoted
responses didn’t support that idea. Among
2% those surveyed, only 11% said they were
Other actively looking for a new job, and another
5%
Outsourcing has had no impact on my career path
33% were looking “somewhat.” Also,
66% IT workers tend to stay at the jobs they
Note: Multiple responses allowed have for a good long time. On average,
Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals
respondents had been with their current
employers for 10 years. And 71% had only
some jobs. Another 5% said they didn’t benefit (although some workers might had one or two employers, while just 5%
know. But 66% of those surveyed said that be doing more work without additional had worked for five or more companies.
any outsourcing done by companies has pay) (Figure 5). For workers who are looking for a new job,
had no impact on them personally. Among However, their personal experiences it usually comes down to money. Among
those whose careers had been affected with outsourcing didn’t seem to corre- those surveyed who said they were looking
by outsourcing, the most common result late with respondents’ feelings about for a new job, 71% said they wanted higher
(14%) was expanded or new responsibili- outsourcing. Significant percentages said compensation. By comparison, just 46%
ties, which could arguably be a positive that outsourcing led to fewer jobs (44%), of respondents selected the second most

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Figure 6 popular reason for a job search: more
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personal fulfillment.
What Matters Most
What matters most to you about your job?
Management vs. Staff
Base pay 54% 57% 51% Required skills. The survey found some
Benefits 47% 52% 43% interesting differences between IT managers
Challenge of job/
responsibility 46% 40% 52% and staff when it comes to the skills required
My opinion and
41% 39% 43%
for their jobs. Managers said the most critical
knowledge are valued
skills for their jobs included aligning business
Flexible work schedule 39% 44% 34%
Ability to work on creating and technology goals (84%), collaborating
“new” innovative IT solutions 36% 30% 41%
with internal stakeholders (70%), analyzing
Job or company stability 35% 36% 33%
data (63%), building vendor relationships
Job atmosphere 33% 37% 30% (61%), and managing vendors (61%). For
Paid time off 32% 38% 26% staffers, analyzing data was most important
Commute distance 28% 31% 24% (56%), followed by aligning business and
Corporate culture and values 27% 22% 32%
technology goals (54%), collaborating with
My work is important to internal stakeholders (48%), interacting
the company success 26% 20% 32%
Having the tools and support
with customers (48%), and securing data
25% 29% 21%
to do my job well and applications (46%).
Ability to work with
leading-edge technology
25% 24% 25% What matters most. Managers and
Involvement in setting company
strategy and determining goals
21% 10% 32% Total staffers are also looking for different things
Telecommuting 19% 24% 14% Staff in a position. Managers value a challenge
Recognition for work well done 19% 18% 20% Management
above all else, followed by base pay,
feeling that their opinions and knowledge
Bonus opportunities 18% 17% 20%
Working with highly are valued, benefits, and the ability to inno-
talented peers 17% 15% 20%
vate (Figure 6). Staffers, by contrast, value
Skill development/educational/
training opportunity 15% 19% 11% pay and benefits most highly, followed by a
Effectiveness of immediate
supervision 15% 16% 13% flexible work schedule.
Note: Maximum of seven responses allowed
Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals
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Figure 7 Time spent on tasks. Somewhat less
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surprisingly, managers and staff also
Time Spent spend their days differently. Managers are
Which of the following consume most of your time?
more likely than staffers to be planning
Reacting to/troubleshooting unplanned incidents new projects or working with the execu-
46% 52% 39% Total
tive team. Staffers are far more likely to
Staff
Planning/architecting new IT projects be troubleshooting and putting out fires.
35% 29% 41% Management
In fact, so many staffers said that reacting
Working with executives/users to define needs and requirements to unplanned incidents is one of their
31% 22% 39%
top three daily activities (52%), that when
Infrastructure management the two groups are averaged together,
26% 27% 24%
troubleshooting was the top activity
Deploying new technology (Figure 7).
22% 25% 20%

Applications management
Trends to Watch
20% 23% 18%
Cloud services, networking, and training
Documenting or reporting for compliance/governance
are on the shopping list. No one who has
20% 21% 19%
been involved in enterprise IT in recent
Researching new capabilities and screening prospective vendors and technologies
years will be surprised to learn that 62%
19% 15% 23%
of respondents said that their companies
Personnel management
would be investing in cloud services during
15% 3% 26%
the next two years, making cloud services
Training users or trainers within departments and business units
the technology companies are most likely
14% 16% 12%
to purchase. In fact, given that other surveys
Identifying new business streams/products to develop
have found that more than 90% of compa-
7% 5% 8%
nies are in the cloud, it’s somewhat surprising
Other
that this number wasn’t even higher. Other
6% 9% 3%
areas where a majority of respondents
Note: Maximum of three responses allowed
Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals
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Figure 8 rity architecture (42%), cloud applications selves, IT workers tend to be frugal. A
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(42%), and Internet/WAN (40%). majority (53%) spent less than $500 on
Promising Career Path Everyone wants to learn about IT training that they paid for themselves.
Do you believe that a career path
in IT and the potential for salary security. Security is another hot trend. The future looks bright. Overall, IT
advancement are as promising today When asked which skills they were plan- workers appear to be very optimistic about
as they were five years ago? ning to learn in the coming year, 47% of their chosen occupation. A majority (59%)
all respondents (45% of staffers and 48% said tech is as promising a career path
 As promising today
of managers) put IT security at the top of today as it was five years ago (Figure 8).
 Not as promising
12% the list. In addition, respondents selected
 Unsure And a full 91% said that IT careers are at
IT security as the skill that would give their
least as secure as other types of work, if
careers the biggest boost.
29%
not more so. Only 9% said they felt inse-
Most tech workers attend company-
59% cure in their jobs. And 90% said their work
paid training. Speaking of learning, a
was intellectually challenging.
majority of respondents (52%) said that they
have attended company-paid training in Given the other findings of the salary
Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of the past 12 months. Less than a third (29%) survey, respondents seem to have plenty
1,800 IT professionals
said that they had received no training at of reasons for that optimism. Salaries are
all in the past year, indicating that most high and climbing, and IT workers are
expected their companies to spend money
IT professionals are actively involved in happy with their positions and their pay.
included networking (57%) and training Employers still have work to do when it
keeping their knowledge and skills up to
(53%). Significant minorities are also plan- date. comes to gender equality, but in general,
ning to invest in virtualization (45%), secu- However, when they foot the bill them- IT professionals seem to love their jobs.

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APPENDIX
Figure 9

Gender
What is your gender?
 Male  Female  Gender nonconforming

1% 1% 1%

15% 13% 18% 12% 16%


16%

Total Staff Management

84% 81% 87%

Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals

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Noncash Benefits
Please specify the type(s) of noncash and indirect cash
rewards you expect to receive in the next 12 months.
Health insurance
84%
401(k) match
70%
Company-paid smartphone
44%
Other further education/training
37%
Certification reimbursement
27%
Tuition reimbursement
26%
Stock options
13%
Health club membership
12%
Stock purchase plan
11%
Company-paid home Internet access
8%
Company-paid phone/fax/cable modem/DSL lines
8%
Company car or car allowance
6%
Sabbatical/extended vacation
5%
Day care or day care subsidy
2%
Other
6%

Note: Multiple responses allowed


Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals

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IT Outsourcing
Is your organization outsourcing some of its IT jobs?
Yes, outsourced to a company or companies in the US
22%
Yes, outsourced to a company or companies offshore
10%
Yes, outsourced to a combination of companies both in the US and offshore
16%
No
47%
Don’t know
5%

Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals

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Impact of Outsourcing on IT Professionals


What impact do you feel outsourcing is having on IT professionals?
Fewer IT jobs available
44%
Lower employee morale
44%
New hires at reduced salaries
38%
Fewer opportunities for advancement
35%
Skills valued less
34%
Opportunity to work on more innovative projects as menial tasks are moved out of organization
23%
Salary reductions for employees
19%
It’s an important aspect of global business growth
16%
Skills valued more
14%
New hires to support outsourcing efforts
9%
Other
4%
Note: Multiple responses allowed
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Technologies Threatening Jobs


Do you view any of the following technologies as a threat to your job?
Outsourcing IT operations
67%
IT automation
22%
Artificial intelligence
19%
Cloud computing
16%
Consumer technology
6%
Robotics
4%
Internet of Things
4%
Data analytics
4%
Software-defined networking
4%
Software-defined storage
3%
DevOps
2%
Virtual/augmented reality
2%
Note: Maximum of three responses allowed
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Looking for Different Job Years in IT and Years at Company


Are you currently looking for a job at a How many years have you been in the IT profession
different employer? and how many at your present company?

 Yes, actively Average number of years in IT 22


11%
 Yes, somewhat
Average number of years at company 10
 No
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56%
33%

Figure 16

Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of


Number of Employers
1,800 IT professionals How many companies have you worked for in the past 10 years?
1 to 2
71%
3 to 4
24%
5 or more
5%

Data: InformationWeek 2018 US IT Salary Survey of 1,800 IT professionals

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Reasons for Job Search


Why are you looking for a new job?
Higher compensation
71%
Seeking more personal fulfillment
46%
More interesting work
41%
Don’t like present company’s management/culture
39%
More job stability
27%
Seeking less stress
25%
More responsibility
23%
Personal/family needs
23%
More dynamic company
19%
Fear of being laid off
15%
Move to a different geographical area
15%
Job market opportunities are too good to pass up
13%
Stock options
11%
Job skills, requirements no longer match my skills or interests
11%
Want to join a startup company
6%
Laid off from previous job
2%
Other
7%

Note: Multiple responses allowed


Base: 790 respondents who are looking for a new job
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Critical Business and Technical Skills


Which of the following business or technical skills are critical to your job?
Aligning business and technology goals 69% 54% 84%

Analyzing data 59% 56% 63%

Collaborating with internal stakeholders 59% 48% 70%

Securing data and applications 51% 46% 55%

Preparing reports 49% 45% 52%

Interacting with customers 48% 48% 48%

Building vendor relationships 47% 34% 61%

Managing network and


systems infrastructure 46% 40% 53%

Experimenting with 46% 42% 51%


cutting-edge technology

Managing vendors 45% 30% 61%

Supporting desktops and


42% 41% 44%
user applications

Building project teams 35% 19% 51%

Leadership development 34% 13% 55% Total

Staff
Integrating enterprise applications 32% 27% 39%

Integrating, normalizing or
Management
30% 27% 33%
cleansing data

Developing applications 28% 24% 31%

Seeking out new business opportunities 17% 11% 23%

Other 3% 4% 2%

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Technologies Purchased
What technologies or solutions has your organization purchased
in the last year or plan to purchase in the next year or two? 
Cloud services 
62%
Networking
57%
IT training/education
53%
Virtualization
45%
Security architecture
42%
Cloud applications
42%
Internet/WAN
40%
Mobility and wireless
39%
Data protection
39%
Enterprise applications
34%
Databases platforms/tools
33%
Application development
32%
Data analytics
31%
Consulting/System integration
31%
Threat intelligence
28%
IT management
25%
Application/platform security
24%
Cloud management
23%
Private/hybrid cloud
21%
Collaboration/Unified communications
20%
Application management
18%
DevOps
18%
Internet of Things
14%
Software-defined infrastructure
14%
Converged/hyperconverged infrastructure
12%
Containers
11%
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Learning New Skills


Which of the following skills are you currently learning about
or plan to learn about in the coming year?
IT security
47%
Cloud integration/management
35%
Leadership skills
27%
Project management
24%
Data analytics
23%
Artificial intelligence/machine learning
22%
Programming skills
21%
Automation
20%
Network engineering/operations
18%
Business skills
17%
Application development
17%
Enterprise architecture
14%
DevOps
13%
Wireless
13%
Containers
13%
Mobile app development
12%
Software-defined networking
11%
Data storage
10%
System engineering/operations
10%
Unified communications
9%
Microservices
9%
Software-defined storage
8%
Serverless computing
7%
Virtual/augmented reality
7%
IT service assurance
6%
Robotics
5%
Other
5%
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Skills for Advancement


Which skills would most benefit your individual advancement and/or salary?
IT security
36%
Leadership skills
29%
Cloud integration/management
21%
Project management
21%
Business skills
19%
Data analytics
15%
Artificial intelligence/machine learning
14%
Programming skills
12%
Network engineering/operations
12%
Application development
11%
Enterprise architecture
9%
Automation
8%
DevOps
7%
System engineering/operations
6%
Mobile app development
5%
Containers
4%
Software-defined networking
3%
IT service assurance
3%
Wireless
3%
Data storage
3%
Unified communications
2%
Virtual/augmented reality
2%
Serverless computing
2%
Robotics
2%
Microservices
2%
Software-defined storage
1%
Other
3%
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Paying for Training


In the last 12 months, which of the following apply to you in terms of training?
Attended company-paid training
52%
Received no additional training or certification the past 12 months
29%
Attended training I paid for myself
22%
Attended company-paid certification course(s)
19%
Attended certification course(s) I paid for myself
11%
Note: Multiple responses allowed
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Amount Spent on Training


Approximately how much did you spend on training in the past 12 months for
which you were not reimbursed? 

13% 19%
 Less than $100
 $100 and $499 13%

 $500 and $999


 $1,000 to $2,499
21% 34%
 $2,500 or more

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Security of Career Path in IT


Do you believe a career path in IT is more or less secure than other careers? 

 More secure than most others 9%

 As secure as most others


41%
 Less secure than most others

50%

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Job Security
How would you rate your
present job security? 

 I feel very 9%
secure

 I feel somewhat 45%


secure

 I feel insecure 46%

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Intellectual Challenge Satisfaction with Total Compensation


Do you feel that you are being Overall, how satisfied are you with your total compensation package?
challenged intellectually with the  Very dissatisfied  Dissatisfied  Neutral  Satisfied  Very satisfied
IT projects you are working on? 
3% 3%
4%
 Challenged 10% 14% 12%
15% 16% 16% 13%
 Somewhat
35%
challenged
Total Staff Management 23%
 Not at all 25%
challenged 41%
27%
55% 43% 45%

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Training Valued
What type of training would you find most
valuable to you in developing your career?
Technology-specific training
65%
Certification courses
43%
Project management training
15%
People management skills training
14%
Business skills training
11%
Statistics or analytics training or courses
10%
Communication skills training
9%
MBA
8%
College courses
7%
Other
2%
Note: Maximum of two responses allowed
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Changes in Pay, Benefits, or Job


In the past 12 months, have you done the following?
Been given a raise of less than 5%
44%
Had more/new training opportunities
19%
Been given a raise between 5% and 10%
16%
Been promoted
14%
Had fewer training opportunities
13%
Had benefits cut
13%
Been given a raise of more than 10%
11%
Had my pay frozen
10%
Had an increase in benefits
8%
Been demoted
1%
Had a pay cut of less than 5%
1%
Had a pay cut between 5% and 10%
1%
Had a pay cut of more than 10%
1%
None of the above
12%

Note: Multiple responses allowed


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Accepting a Lesser Title


What would influence you to accept a lesser position or title?
More job satisfaction
39%
Flexibility
31%
Location
28%
Better company
27%
More job security
23%
Better fit for my skills
22%
More challenging role
19%
Stock options
15%
Different field
7%
Other
8%
I would not accept a lesser position or title under any circumstances
28%

Note: Multiple responses allowed


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Experience Outside IT Non-IT Positions Held Previously


Have you ever held a full-time position What full-time positions outside of IT have you held?
outside of IT in the past? Non-IT support functions
26%
Marketing/sales
24%
Operations/supply chain/manufacturing
22%
Finance
 Yes 43%
13%
Research and development
 No 57%
13%
Business development
12%
Logistics
8%
Line-of-business/division management
8%
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1,800 IT professionals 7%
Human resources
5%
Public relations
4%
Digital business
4%
Other
31%

Note: Multiple responses alloweds


Base: 846 respondents who have worked outside of IT
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Education
What is your highest level of education?
PhD
2%
Master’s degree/MBA
28%
Bachelor’s degree
43%
Associate’s degree
9%
Tech/IT trade school
4%
Some college
12%
High school graduate
2%
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Age
What is your age?
Under 25
1%
25 to 34
9%
35 to 44
22%
45 to 54
34%
55 to 64
29%
65 or older
5%

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Job Title
Which of the following best describes your job title?
Director/manager, IT, networking or infrastructure
24%
IT staff
13%
CIO/CTO or other IT executive 
9%
Program manager/project manager
7%
Consultant (IT)
6%
IT supervisor
5%
Systems analyst
5%
Vice president, IT
4%
Software/web developer
4%
Architect
4%
Engineer/QA
3%
CSO (chief security officer)/security management
3%
Programmer/analyst
3%
Help desk
2%
Telecommunications specialist
1%
Other
8%

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Company Size
How many total employees does your company have?
Fewer than 25
8%
25 to 50
6%
51 to 100
8%
101 to 500
23%
501 to 1,000
10%
1,001 to 5,000
16%
5,001 to 10,000
6%
10,001 to 20,000
7%
More than 20,000
18%

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Company Revenue
Which of the following ranges best describes the annual revenue of your company?
Under $1 million
7%
$1 million to $10 million
20%
$10,000,001 to $50 million
17%
$51 million to $100 million
9%
$101 million to $250 million
8%
$251 million to $350 million
3%
$351 million to $500 million
3%
$501 million to $750 million
4%
$751 million to $1 billion
4%
$1.01 billion to $5 billion
11%
$5.01 billion to $10 billion
5%
More than $10 billion
9%

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Industry
Which of the following best describes the industry in which you work?
Government
11%
Healthcare
9%
Consulting and business services
9%
Higher education
9%
Financial services/banking/securities and investments
8%
IT vendor
8%
Manufacturing/industrial (non-computer)
8%
Education (K-12)
4%
Nonprofit
3%
Telecommunications/ISPs
3%
Insurance
3%
Construction/engineering
2%
Retail/e-commerce
2%
Media/entertainment
2%
Logistics/transportation
2%
Electronics
2%
Other
15%

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