IT Salaries: 9 Ways We've Changed (Or Not) From 2001's Heyday
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 dra
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And as recently as 2009, 60% cited base pay among things that most matter in their jobs. Back in 2001, when median base pay raises were almost 8%, with $11,000 the typical bonus, IT pros didn't have to sweat their salaries so much. (A note on the comparison, for the "What Matters Most" question. In 2001, we offered 33 options and didn’t limit the number respondents could select. In 2011, we had 24 options and limited it to seven. So while not a 1 to 1 comparison, we think it's still valid. For numbers like this that increase, it makes the effect even more dramatic.)
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