A recent report from Robert Half Technology offers fresh evidence that IT auditors are a hot commodity. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based staffing firm projects that starting salaries for IT auditors will jump 11.2% in 2006, to between $67,000 and $94,250, almost four times the average pay hike predicted for all IT jobs.
According to the report, the IT industry as a whole is predicted to see a 3.5% salary jump in 2006, a significant improvement over the 0.5% predicted last year. One reason that 2006 is expected to improve over 2005 is that companies are adding jobs at a faster rate than last year, said the firm's Lee, to "avoid losing top candidates to competing candidates."Industries forecasting the strongest demand for IT professionals include manufacturing, business services, and banking and financial services. But the report cautioned that hiring activity varies significantly by geographic region. Biggest winners in 2006 include:
- Lead applications developers, starting pay will range from $72,000 and $98,250, up 5.3% over last year.
- Security administrators, $67,500 to $94,750, up 5.2%.
- Business system analysts, $58,750 to $84,750, up 5.1%.
- Data analyst/report writers, $54,000 to $71,250, up 5%.
- Developers/programmer analysts, $55,250 and $86,750, up 4.6%.
- Project managers, $72,750 to $99,250, up 4.2%.