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IT Salary Levels: Staffers vs. Superstars

Jan 31, 2011, 18:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"If you've worked in IT for any length of time, you know that IT salary levels can vary wildly between staffers with the same job title. As in any industry, in the tech sector factors like experience, specialized knowledge, and overall talent can – and often do – dramatically affect paycheck size.

"In short, the difference in salary levels between a star IT performer and a regular, reasonably talented professional can be hefty. As you'll see on the following pages, those IT experts in the top 25 percent – the top quartile – command a far more robust paycheck than their average (but still highly competent) tech colleagues.

"For instance, the mean salary for all data warehouse managers in 2011 is $61, 452. Compare that to the salary for the data warehouse managers in the top quartile: $90,897.

"Or, take a look at managers of Internet systems. Their mean salary for 2011 is $79,671. In contrast, the "star" professionals in this position earn an impressive $114,051."

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