IT Salaries: 9 Ways We've Changed (Or Not) From 2001's Heyday
May 09, 2011 01:15 PM What a decade it's been for U.S. IT professionals. They rode the tech-fueled boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s to great heights, then crashed hard in the recessions of 2002 and 2008-2009. We have data from our annual U.S. IT Salary Survey dating back to 2000, so we thought now would be a good time to look back and compare today with the boom that was early 2001 -- the peak of salaries, raises, and perks, according to our data. We look at changes in economics and in attitudes, using data drawn from 18,201 respondents in 2011, and 19,206 in 2001.
That 2001 increase isn't a number likely to return in our lifetimes. And for staffers and managers at dot-com organizations, the median raise was even higher, at 14.8%. (Yes, we broke dot-coms out as a separate category in 2001. We phased that out a couple years later.) We have salary information in our report, for base salaries and total cash compensation, dating back to 2000. The annual data tracks the ups and downs IT pros have had to live through the past decade, with two recessions that hit IT hard, the emergence of global IT and large-scale outsourcing, and more.
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