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IT Jobs 2016: Biggest Salary Increases

Find out which networking positions will be getting the biggest raises in the new year, and calculate your own target salary.
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The tech industry has been going strong, and that is expected to continue for next year as IT unemployment shrinks even further, salaries inch higher, and increased technology initiatives create exciting career opportunities.

Along with the traditional upgrades and migration projects that were always a staple of IT, businesses are investing in new capabilities and expanding tech beyond the IT department at a rapid rate, making technology pros -- and networking pros in particular -- indispensable.

That demand means IT practitioners can look forward to higher pay. In fact, a recent report from Robert Half Technology found that starting salaries for the tech positions it tracks will increase an average of 5.3% in 2016.

Experienced tech professionals in hot areas such as security, big data and mobility may find it easy to find a higher paying position, especially in industries like financial services, healthcare, managed services, telecommunications and hospitality. And because these burgeoning technologies all put a greater load on the network, technologists in networking roles are benefiting as well.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics agrees, predicting employment of computer network architects to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, outpacing the average for all occupations. The Bureau cites the growth and maintenance of wireless and mobile networks as well as the expansion of healthcare information technology as major factors leading to increased opportunities.

In the following slides, we count down the job titles in the networking field that will enjoy the biggest increases, according to Robert Half's 2016 Salary Guide. Of course, geographic location, industry, and other factors may play a large part in actual pay. If you'd like to see the salary range for your specific title in your area, check out Robert Half's interactive salary calculator.

(Image: Cimmerian/iStockphoto)

 

Susan Fogarty has almost two decades of experience writing and developing content for IT professionals, especially those deeply involved in enterprise network infrastructure. She previously worked at TechTarget, where she spent 11 years, six as the Editorial Director of its ... View Full Bio

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Mynet
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Mynet,
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11/18/2015 | 2:59:04 AM
Re: IT salaries
"You keep up a good point @Mynet, IT salaries and appraisels depends on global situations. Alltogether IT is ready to move up a step above with new technology onboard and automation which would require even employees to upgrade, and upgrading to new technology will only help and yield to smart salaries."

Virsingh, you are right. We are making use of IT for making others life easy and simplification. But that doesn't satisfy the developer's effort or stress. It can be properly addressed only in terms of salary and work satisfaction.
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virsingh211,
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11/10/2015 | 11:01:31 PM
Re: IT salaries
You keep up a good point @Mynet, IT salaries and appraisels depends on global situations. Alltogether IT is ready to move up a step above with new technology onboard and automation which would require even employees to upgrade, and upgrading to new technology will only help and yield to smart salaries.
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Mynet,
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11/6/2015 | 12:01:30 AM
Re: IT salaries
"That's a really important point Mynet. Catastrophic events would certainly undermine this forecast."

Marcia, exactly. We have seen similar forecasts in past too; which haven't worked due to similar other situations. 
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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11/3/2015 | 11:08:53 AM
Re: IT salaries
That's a really important point Mynet. Catastrophic events would certainly undermine this forecast.
Mynet
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Mynet,
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11/3/2015 | 5:10:47 AM
Re: IT salaries
"The tech industry has been going strong, and that is expected to continue for next year as IT unemployment shrinks even further, salaries inch higher, and increased technology initiatives create exciting career opportunities."

Marcia, It's a good news for IT sector, but am not sure how it will happen; because IT salaries are mainly based on global situations. So any change in economic situations can affect IT both in salary and employment. This we have seen in 2001 with US attack and then later with other parts of world.
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MarciaNWC,
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11/2/2015 | 12:28:51 PM
IT salaries
This is great news for networking pros!
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