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2002 Houston IT Candidate Salary Survey






The Houston IT Salary Survey is an annual survey conducted by the president of JDA Professional Services, Inc., James Del Monte. The salaries in this survey are based on current average earnings at the time of publishing. This survey is an effective tool for guiding IT salaries year round. However, when using it to evaluate your own salary, you must take into consideration total compensation which has several variables. Some considerations that impact base salaries are bonuses, location, cost of insurance and other non cash incentives.





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Title Salary Hourly Pay Rate
Low Avg. High Low Avg. High
Management
CIO - Large Company  1 7 10 11  $ 150 K $ 160 K $ 275 K $ 82 $ 111 $ 162
IT Director - Large Company  1 7 10 11  $ 120 K $ 145 K $ 240 K $ 85 $ 101 $ 145
IT Director - Mid-Size Company  2 3 7 10 11  $ 85 K $ 110 K $ 148 K $ 67 $ 91 $ 111
IT Director - Small Company  4 7 10 11  $ 65 K $ 80 K $ 101 K $ 47 $ 58 $ 70
Business Applications Manager - Large Company  1 11  $ 90 K $ 120 K $ 160 K $ 56 $ 77 $ 85
Data Center Manager  1 11  $ 65 K $ 87 K $ 111 K $ 39 $ 56 $ 77
Infrastructure Manager - Large Company  1 11  $ 82 K $ 97 K $ 126 K $ 53 $ 63 $ 85
Help Desk Manager  11  $ 60 K $ 70 K $ 85 K $ 44 $ 48 $ 56
Security and Audit
Security Architect/Engineer  5  $ 75 K $ 96 K $ 120 K $ 49 $ 63 $ 78
Security Administrator  5  $ 38 K $ 46 K $ 61 K $ 26 $ 43 $ 63
Business Intelligence, Analytics, and Data Warehousing
Data Warehousing Specialist  5  $ 64 K $ 83 K $ 105 K $ 46 $ 56 $ 78
DBA - Senior  11  $ 61 K $ 78 K $ 94 K $ 41 $ 52 $ 83
DBA - Junior  11  $ 66 K $ 89 K $ 120 K $ 44 $ 59 $ 79
Data Analyst $ 65 K $ 85 K $ 95 K $ 44 $ 56 $ 63
Applications
Project/Team Lead - Applications  1 2 3 11  $ 65 K $ 87 K $ 110 K $ 47 $ 56 $ 66
Systems/Business Analyst  11  $ 65 K $ 78 K $ 92 K $ 42 $ 50 $ 59
Developer - .NET (4 - 10 years)  5  $ 45 K $ 65 K $ 92 K $ 32 $ 46 $ 65
Developer - JAVA (4 - 10 years)  5  $ 40 K $ 51 K $ 62 K $ 28 $ 36 $ 40
Developer - Client Server (3+ years) $ 47 K $ 57 K $ 80 K $ 34 $ 40 $ 50
Junior Developer (1 - 4 years)  5  $ 33 K $ 45 K $ 52 K $ 26 $ 30 $ 37
Quality Assurance - Applications Testing $ 44 K $ 54 K $ 79 K $ 30 $ 36 $ 53
Miscellaneous
Technical Writer $ 37 K $ 46 K $ 61 K $ 26 $ 32 $ 41
Training $ 33 K $ 45 K $ 55 K $ 23 $ 31 $ 37
Infrastructure
Infrastructure Project Manager  1 2 3 11  $ 53 K $ 68 K $ 82 K $ 36 $ 43 $ 52
Communications Architect - CCIE  1 2 3  $ 80 K $ 110 K $ 130 K $ 53 $ 72 $ 85
Systems Network Engineer (10+ years) $ 63 K $ 77 K $ 95 K $ 40 $ 50 $ 63
UNIX/Linux Administrator $ 51 K $ 69 K $ 91 K $ 35 $ 46 $ 60
UNIX/Linux System Engineer  1 2 3  $ 62 K $ 78 K $ 105 K $ 42 $ 51 $ 64
2nd Level LAN Administrator (7+ years) $ 45 K $ 55 K $ 70 K $ 30 $ 38 $ 46
1st Level LAN Administrator (2+ years) $ 36 K $ 45 K $ 57 K $ 24 $ 30 $ 36
Service Desk / Help Desk / Desktop
Help Desk - Level I Support (0 - 10 years)  11  $ 24 K $ 35 K $ 45 K $ 20 $ 27 $ 33
Software Support (2+ years)  11  $ 30 K $ 44 K $ 55 K $ 24 $ 33 $ 39
Hardware Technician (1 - 5 years)  11  $ 26 K $ 40 K $ 50 K $ 21 $ 31 $ 37

Assumptions
Default:
  • Rates apply to greater Houston metropolitan area.
  • Candidate has 4-year degree unless otherwise noted.
  • Contract term is greater than 6 months.
  • Outliers are eliminated in compiling the survey.
  • A more detailed survey is available for executive compensation at www.jdapsi.com.

    Specific:
    1. Large company is defined as greater than 100+ IT employees.
    2. Mid-Size/large company is defined as 50-100 IT employees.
    3. Mid-Size company is defined as 10-49 IT employees.
    4. Small company is defined as fewer than 10 IT employees.
    5. Indicates hot skill - add 10-15% to salary (ie: security, B/I, mobile, engineering).
    6. Excludes bonuses.
    7. Top IT person.
    8. Limited pool of candidates.
    9. Team member.
    10. Base compensation (Total = base + bonus + benefits).
    11. Current contract market rates could drop up to 50 percent less.

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