IT Staffing Report: Feb. 7, 2019

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US tech salaries flat in 2018: Dice

Salaries for US technology professionals were roughly flat in 2018, according to a report by tech jobs website Dice. The average salary for US tech professionals was $93,244 last year, an increase of just 0.6% from the previous year.

However, in individual skill areas where salaries were rising, Drupal topped the list. The average salary for those with skills in Drupal, an online content management system, rose 9.8% last year to $95,506. It was followed by skills in Puppet, a software configuration management tool.

The 10 fastest-growing salaries:

Rank Skill 2018 salary Year-over-year change
1 Drupal $95,506 9.8%
2 Puppet $117,632 9.1%
3 Heroku $101,376 7.8%
4 Gradle $118,819 7.6%
5 MariaDB $109,672 7.3%
6 Angular $110,505 7.1%
7 Matlab $102,198 6.7%
8 RDBMS $116,910 6.7%
9 Vagrant $118,144 6.5%
10 NumPy $112,181 6.3%

Dice’s report also asked tech professionals about working conditions, including job satisfaction and what would prompt them to leave. It found:

  • 47% of tech professionals would change employers in order to find better working conditions such as remote work, flexible hours and culture. In addition, 34% said they would leave for more responsibility and 22% said they would leave because they anticipate losing their current position.
  • 71% of tech professionals said training and education are important to them, but only 40% have company-paid training and education. The survey also found that 45% of those who receive training are satisfied with their job while only 28% of those who are dissatisfied receive training.
  • Remote and flexible working options were important to 73% of tech professionals, but only 49% have these options.
  • When it comes to burnout, 81% of tech professionals reported feeling burned out in 2018. Factors behind burnout included lack of recognition, cited by 36% of pros; workload, cited by 35%; and lack of challenge or monotony, cited by 28%.

Dice’s survey included 10,780 employed technology professionals. It was conducted between Oct. 22 and Dec. 13, 2018.

This article has been corrected from a previous version.

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