IT Salary Survey 2012: Examining job satisfaction and salary trends

TechTarget's annual IT Salary Survey delves into executive and staff salary trends, pay by industry and the factors that contribute to job satisfaction.

TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012, conducted among readers across TechTarget's network of sites, polled 2,277 IT professionals in North America boasting specialties in 40 areas of IT. We conducted a comprehensive analysis of their responses, hoping to gain insights into salary trends in different industries and at various levels of the organization, as well as to gauge the factors that drive job satisfaction among IT managers and staff. Review our IT Salary Survey 2012 findings below to learn how your salary and career outlook stacks up in today's IT landscape.

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TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012: A video overview

In this video, SearchCIO.com takes you through the results of TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012, covering such areas as executive salary trends, pay disparities between industries and the reasons that IT workers stick with their jobs -- complete with charts, graphs and other visual aids to guide you.

IT salary trends and the C-suite

TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012 took the pulse of 778 senior IT leaders who hold titles as a vice president or CIO or who reported to a C-level executive, and they had a lot to say about their salaries, perks, job satisfaction levels and other factors that influence their career outlook. Their salaries by industry, gender and other areas are under the microscope in this slate of stories researched and reported by the writers and editors of SearchCIO.com.

Modest growth in the IT industry in 2012
Our latest salary statistics reveal the average pay raises and salary rates for the most frequently found roles in the IT organization.

Pay by industry: How does your salary measure up?
Does it matter which industries senior IT leaders take their talents to? When you look at the dollars involved, the answer is an unambiguous "heck, yes!"

When investing in IT, remember the human costs
Exact costs vary by industry and company size, but the bottom line is clear: Businesses generally spend more on labor or employee compensation than on anything else.

Salaries for women in IT just don't stack up
What's behind the fact that CIO pay for women IT leaders is lagging their male peers' salary averages?

Job satisfaction: The thrill of the challenge

In response to TechTarget's IT Salary Survey 2012, IT staff at all levels of the organization communicated that their job satisfaction goes beyond dollars and cents. Stimulating work is the factor that most makes individuals in the IT sector want to stay with their current employer -- and the lack of challenging projects is a major reason for them to seek work elsewhere. Learn more in these stories from across the TechTarget network of sites.

The key to job satisfaction for senior IT leaders
Have you ever wondered what matters most to senior IT leaders when it comes to job satisfaction? Hint: It's not all about their compensation.

Compliance officers looking for GRC challenges
In the face of a growing number of compliance rules and IT risks, GRC professionals are looking to take on new challenges.

Look beyond salaries to find satisfaction among cloud providers
A good salary never hurts, but it's often not the main reason people remain in their jobs -- service provider IT professionals being no exception.

Among network engineers, intellectual challenges valued
When it comes to job satisfaction, network engineers say they're more interested in intellectual and creative challenges than in boosting their pay.

Health IT salary data sparks optimistic outlook
Economic circumstances might be constricting IT budgets and pay in some market sectors, but the outlook is good for health IT professionals.

IT job satisfaction is all about the work
Salaries might be tight, but learn the factors that motivate talented IT professionals to grow and excel in their chosen fields.

Become a destination workplace for top software developers
Hiring and retaining top talent is tough, so how do you make your workplace into a top destination for software developers?

How software developers can make cross-industry moves
The talent market is tight, but software developers can make cross-industry moves even though employers show a preference for domain-specific expertise.

Survey shows data storage salaries hinge on skills
In a separate survey conducted this year, SearchStorage.com found that data storage professionals are actually making more money than ever.

How much does your Director of First Impressions earn?

If you've visited an employment website lately, you've probably noticed advertisements for positions that didn't exist ten years ago. Or even more likely -- the position existed, but the focus of the job has changed, so the job title has been changed to reflect the new emphasis. For example, your job title might be "developer" at your present company, but you might be doing the same work and be called a "software architect" at your next place of work.

And as for the question we asked at the beginning of this post? She (most likely) will earn minimum wage. Your Director of First Impressions used to be called your receptionist.

10 Job titles you are likely to encounter in 2013

Chief Experience Officer (CxO) - The job title "chief experience officer" is increasingly replacing that of Chief Customer Officer in retail and entertainment industries and Chief Activity Officer in healthcare and travel.

Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) - This employee may have been referred to as the Director of Medical Informatics or Director of Health Informatics in the past.

Chief Process Officer - Previously, this employee's job title might have been Chief Operations Officer (COO) or Director of Continuous Improvement.

Chief Risk Officer - This title has replaced Chief Compliance Officer in some circles.

Data Scientist - This job title is very hot right now and is quickly replacing business analyst and data analyst in some companies.

Data Steward - Database administrator (DBA) and Chief Data Officer are out. Data Steward is in.

DevOp - Although DevOps is technically a movement to break down the silo between development and operations, the term "DevOp" is also being used as a job title.

Director of First Impressions - This job title is increasingly replacing that of receptionist. Your parents probably remember when an administrative assistant was called a secretary.

Executive Sponsor - This describes someone with enough authority to get a software development project pushed through to completion. In some organizations the title has replaced the more general title, Project Manager, or the more specific title, Director of Business Applications.

Scrum Master - Who wouldn't want to add Scrum Master to their email signature? It's definitely the most mysterious new job title we've run up against.