2014 US IT Salary Survey: Government

May 19, 2014


The 328 staff- and 204 managerial-level federal government IT professionals in our survey saw modest bumps in compensation. But that doesn’t mean all is well: 29% of staffers had fewer training opportunities, and 21% of managers actually had their benefits cut. Other data points:

>> 61% of managers and 48% of staffers attended agency-paid training; about one-quarter of both groups attended agency-paid certification courses.

>> 55% of managers are looking for new jobs; 50% of staffers say the same.

>> 55% of managers hold an MBA or other master’s degree (51%) or PhD (4%).

>> 30% of all 532 respondents say their organizations outsource some IT jobs to US companies (27%) or a combination of US and offshore companies (3%)

>> 13% of staffers and 10% of managers feel insecure in their jobs.

Respondent breakdown: 44% work for organizations with 5,000 or more employees; 25% have over 20,000. (R7860514GOV)


Survey Name 2014 InformationWeek US IT Salary Survey: Federal Government 

Survey Date February 2014

Region United States

Number of Respondents 532 federal government IT employees, composed of 328 staff and 204 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 532 federal government IT 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 532 federal government IT 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 responses. 


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