Tuesday, February 11, 2014

RHT: Six Salary Boosting Jobs for 2014

by Joshua Brost
February 11, 2014
Robert Half Technology

Starting pay for many IT and creative positions is expected to rise in 2014

It’s a very good year to work in the technology and creative industries, according to a press release we issued with our sister division, The Creative Group yesterday.

Pretty much everyone realizes that technology is a hot industry to work in at the moment, but just how hot is it?

Well, according to the release, professionals working in some of the most in-demand positions can expect to see their starting IT salaries or starting creative salaries increase as much as 7.8 percent in 2014.

The press release, titled Six Salary Boosting Jobs for 2014, highlights the starting IT salariesand creative salaries for — you guessed it — six technology and creative technology positions expected to see the highest starting salary increases in 2014. It’s based on research from theRobert Half Technology Salary Guide and The Creative Group Salary Guide. The full release is posted below.

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Trends like big data and mobile media are translating into growing paychecks for some professionals, according to the recently released 2014 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. Employers are prepared to offer increased compensation this year to skilled information technology (IT) and digital professionals who can help organizations meet the following objectives: keep information and networks secure, turn data into business intelligence and seize new opportunities in the mobile space.

“It’s becoming imperative for companies to build their online presence and connect with customers through mobile channels, but finding the specialized talent to design and develop for this fast-evolving space can be difficult,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. “Similar recruiting challenges exist around business intelligence. Companies want to use their information more strategically, but they struggle to find skilled professionals who can analyze raw data.”

Following are six roles that are among those expected to see the most substantial increases in average starting compensation in 2014, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides*:
  1. Mobile applications developer: As companies expand their mobile initiatives to connect with consumers anytime, anywhere, they need professionals who can develop for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Experienced mobile applications developers can expect to see the largest increase (7.8 percent) in starting compensation of any tech position listed in this year’s Salary Guide, with salaries ranging from $100,000 to $144,000.
  2. Business intelligence analyst: Organizations of all types want to derive more value from the data they generate, collect and store by turning it into actionable intelligence. Skilled business intelligence analysts can anticipate a 7.4 percentboost in starting compensation in 2014, with salaries ranging from $101,250 to$142,250.
  3. Information systems security manager: Keeping data secure and protecting users and the network from cyber threats is a priority for any modern business. Information systems security managers who can assess and remediate vulnerabilities, threats and intrusions are in demand, and are projected to see a 6.8 percent bump in base compensation this year, with average starting salaries between $115,250 and $160,000.
  4. User experience designer: Designing engaging user experiences is essential to the success of any mobile or web initiative — and requires specialized talent. User experience designers can expect to see average starting salaries between $78,000and $120,000, up 7.5 percent from 2013.
  5. Mobile designer: Compelling content and functionality are vital to delivering a satisfying interactive mobile experience. Skilled mobile designers can anticipate average starting salaries to increase 6.3 percent in 2014, to the range of $66,000 to$103,000.
  6. User experience specialist: Developing innovative, interactive user experiences for web and mobile applications requires creativity and technical expertise. User experience specialists can expect to receive base compensation in the range of$79,000 to $118,000, a gain of 5.9 percent over last year.
More information about the positions listed above can be found in the Robert Half Technology 2014 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions, andThe Creative Group 2014 Salary Guide, which focuses on interactive, design and marketing jobs.

Both Robert Half Technology (rht.com) and The Creative Group (creativegroup.com) are divisions of Robert Half, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm and a recognized leader in professional staffing services.

*All salaries listed are U.S. national averages based on data published in the 2014 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group. Actual salary ranges may vary depending on location.

— Joshua Brost

Joshua Brost is the Public Relations Manager for Robert Half Technology. When he's not busy talking to reporters and bloggers, he can usually be found plotting how he's going to survive the zombie apocalypse or cursing at some new gadget that's not working the way he intended. Follow him on Twitter @JBrostRHT.

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