Research: 2013 Government IT Salary Survey

Apr 09, 2013


Federal IT Pros Continue to Feel Budget Squeeze

Pressures on federal IT salaries keep building: 42% of IT managers and 35% of staff say their pay has been frozen because of the economy, our ­survey finds. Despite those findings, government IT workers are generally satisfied with their compensation, and 45% of federal IT staffers and 47% of managers say they’re very secure in their jobs. But uncertainty lies ahead.


Survey Name   2013 InformationWeek U.S. IT Salary Survey: Federal Government 

Survey Date   January 2013

Region   United States

Number of Respondents    755 federal government IT employees, composed of 479 IT staff and 276 IT managers

Purpose   To track IT salary and compensation trends from the perspective of those on the front lines, ­InformationWeek conducts an annual U.S. IT Salary Survey. Now in its 16th year, it’s the largest employee-based IT salary survey in the country. Last year 13,880 full-time IT professionals completed the Web-based survey. This year 14,074 took part. The goal of this trendable study is to measure various aspects of compensation, benefits and job satisfaction. This report focuses on the 755 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 InformationWeek Business Technology Network print, newsletter and events databases. The survey was fielded from November 2012 to January 2013.

The information in this report is based on responses from 755 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 or low ends of the responses. (R6460413_GOV)


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