"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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