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IT career salaries infographic: Salary expectations, projects and mood

TechTarget's Annual Salary and Careers Survey polled 1,771 professionals on their current earnings, the mood in IT and salary expectations for 2014.

Have you wondered how IT career salaries at your company stack up against the masses? Do you think the mood within your IT organization is unusually optimistic -- or pessimistic? In this year's Annual Salary and Careers Survey, TechTarget polled 1,771 IT professionals -- ranging from systems administrators to CIOs -- about their total compensation and overall job satisfaction in 2013. The survey covered everything -- from bonuses and pay cuts to staffing to IT priorities in the coming year.

In this SearchCIO salary infographic, we reveal how your paycheck compares to those of others with a similar job title, divulge that salary expectations are on the rise and show that IT professionals are optimistic about the road ahead.

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Senior IT execs say their primary project areas for 2014 relate to security, mobile technology and DR/BC. What are your priorities?
Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Compliance
I'd agree security is a major issue today, then mobile to make it easier for handling new customers and expanding business. Then DR is a tough one... Should it be our primary focus?? In my 30+ years I have only been through one DR.  When it comes to priority this may be third and play the odds it won't happen. The nagging feeling is the DR I went through was a hardware failure on a s/38. Today, there are probably more software/data disasters...It may be time to rethink.

What is about information management and big data? Where does it fall in the list?