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IT Salary: 10 Ways To Get A Raise

Do you deserve a bigger IT paycheck? Here's how to negotiate with bosses, navigate counteroffers, and avoid mistakes.
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Technocrati
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7/17/2014 | 10:08:02 PM
Re: Workplace Reality and the Tech Low Ball
Hi Kristen, Thanks again ! This is exactly what I needed ! And thank you IW ! Great information.
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7/17/2014 | 10:01:49 PM
Re: Workplace Reality and the Tech Low Ball
Hi Kristen, I had not and thank you for the link. ! I am sure I need to update what is in my head. : )
Kristin Burnham
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7/8/2014 | 10:46:23 AM
Re: Workplace Reality and the Tech Low Ball
@Technocrati, have you checked out the full results from our IT Salary Survey? You can download it here and find a breakdown of average salaries based on location -- that may help you determine whether you're paid fairly. 
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7/8/2014 | 10:38:41 AM
Re: When to rock the boat?
How happy are you in your position? Is your work challenging and rewarding? Are the skills you're learning and using preparing you for what's next? If not, it may not be worth it to stay just for the purpose of stability in your resume. If your job isn't meeting your expectations, that's something you can discuss with hiring managers if they question your short stint. 
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7/8/2014 | 9:04:03 AM
Re: A rising tide lifts IT's boat
We have seen some commoditization of certain IT jobs, for sure. It's one reason IT professionals want to continue receiving training on new techs -- that, and because it's generally something IT pros are genuinely interested in doing for themselves, as well as for career development. As in many careers, specialization helps. If you become adept in a specific vertical -- finance, healthcare, retail, etc. -- as well as an area of technology, you will most likely be in more demand and command a higher salary than someone who is a generalist. 
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7/8/2014 | 7:11:24 AM
Re: Workplace Reality and the Tech Low Ball
@Rich, I love how the top of the industry plays this game.  IT is a hot industry, everyone is making millions with their feet up on a desk watching the datacenter monitors.  I see IT becoming more like factory assembly jobs, people are looking for work and they decide to go get some training and IT is a field where lots of training is available and the money is decent.  So we get various levels of skill sets that can be hard to sort out.
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7/7/2014 | 10:07:55 PM
Re: Workplace Reality and the Tech Low Ball
Since 2005, that is when the economy fundamentally changed into what we have today.
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7/7/2014 | 4:47:17 PM
Re: Other advice?
Thanks very much! I am hoping something breaks soon.
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7/7/2014 | 7:18:21 AM
Re: A rising tide lifts IT's boat
I find this funny because if you think about it many "bosses" in popular media are portrayed as micromanaging tyrants.  I've only worked for a couple that were like this so I can't say it's the majority of leaders who behave this way but there is a real awareness for this type of boss so you would think that people put into those positions would be careful not to become "that boss".
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7/3/2014 | 2:14:49 PM
Workplace Reality and the Tech Low Ball
Thank you for some really  great advice Kristin.  It seems to be a constantly battle to find the right balance in the area of salary.

It depends on the location I understand, but I have the distinct feeling I have been "low balled" my entire career.  To say it isn't frustrating would not be truthful, but I know I am not alone.   And this is not because I am not a good negotiator, but in this economy one can rarely bargain from a position of strength.  Companies know this  unashamedly take advantage and probably have been since the first transaction.

Regardless, of the fact that IT salaries have in general been on the rise for the past decade.  Real salaries have for the most part become stagnate.

So your advice will be useful to everyone regardless of role and for the most part - position.
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