Re: New York IT Salaries Top The Charts
This is an interesting topic, and I doubt that most IT pros are not curious to hear what others are earning and what opportunities exist for them out there. After all, discussing salaries is taboo at many companies and in a lot of other contexts... so we often find ourselves sitting in the dark, assuming (that is, hoping) that we're getting a fair deal. No doubt there are tons of studies and surveys out there that can tell you about this topic, but ultimately how much you stock you put in them depends on one thing: how much you trust the source you're getting it from. In this case, I know I can trust the source - because I know you guys surveyed real IT pros with no pretense, and I know there's no bias here. I think that's the way to do it.
As others have said, though (and you point this out in the article, Kristin), there are plenty of external factors and minutiae that make this far from the single deciding factor. 3-5,000 dollars isn't a year isn't really all that much - if you live in San Diego, it might cost you more than that just to move out to the east coast, will you really leave your family behind if you're already making 120,000 a year in your home state, etc. That's all on top of the points the interviewees make about rising overhead cost, stagnation of raises, and telecommuting. So yeah, New York may not exactly be the end-all when it comes to IT Jobs after all. There's still no harm in having these numbers to look at.