2014 US IT Salary Survey: Networking

May 19, 2014


Among the 953 networking and datacenter management professionals responding to our InformationWeek 2014 US IT Salary Survey, 61% of staff members and 65% of management are either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with all aspects of their jobs, despite only slight growth in median base salaries. 

Other data points:

>> 73% of staffers have responsibilities that are “IT-focused only,” indicating a lack of exposure to the business.

>> 66% of datacenter managers are receiving, or expect to receive, a bonus in 2014.

>> 48% of both staffers and managers list “job or company stability” as what matters most about a job.

>> 38% of datacenter staffers feel they’re being challenged intellectually with the IT projects they’re working on; 42% of datacenter managers say the same.

>> 11% of staffers and 6% of managers feel insecure about their current jobs.

Respondent breakdown: 20% work for companies with 101 to 500 employees, 19% at companies with 1,001 to 5,000, and 18% at companies with more than 20,000. Banking, manufacturing, education (college, university), and healthcare are well-represented.

Survey Name InformationWeek 2014 US IT Salary Survey: Networking and Datacenter Management

Survey Date February 2014

Region United States

Number of Respondents 953 networking and datacenter management professionals composed of 491 staff and 462 managers

Purpose   To track IT salary and compensation trends from the perspective of those on the front lines, InformationWeek conducts an annual US IT Salary Survey. Now in its 17th year, it’s the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. This year 11,662 full-time IT professionals completed the Web-based survey. The goal of this trendable study is to measure various aspects of compensation, benefits and job satisfaction. This report focuses on the 953 networking and datacenter management professionals who participated in the survey.

Methodology The survey was designed by InformationWeek and fielded online. The survey was promoted in InformationWeek’s daily and weekly newsletters. In addition, email invitations with an embedded link to the survey were sent to qualified IT professionals from UBM Tech databases. The survey was fielded from November 2013 to February 2014.

The information within this report is based on responses from 953 networking and datacenter management professionals. Unemployed and part-time workers were excluded from these results, as were respondents from outside the United States. This report uses median rather than mean or average figures for salary and percentage salary changes to eliminate distortions caused by extremes at the high and low ends of the response scale. 



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