Average Salary for Top Tech Jobs
According to the Yoh.com pay survey, the following jobs are hot in the high-tech temp world: .NET Developer, Aerospace Engineer, Clinical Research Associate, Database Administrator, ETL Developer, Hardware Engineer, Java Developer, Project Manager, SAP Functional Consultant and Technical Consultant.
What if these temp jobs were to turn into permanent gigs with salaries? According to the PayScale Research Center, here is the average salary for some top tech jobs:
Aerospace Engineer (working for a private company): $75,409
Clinical Research Associate (in Seattle): $59,904
Database Administrator (with 10-19 years of experience): $81,838
Hardware Engineer (in California): $89,963
Project Manager (with 20 or more years of experience): $95,089
Technical Consultant (IT in New York): $76,890
High Tech Jobs On The Rise?
Getting back to the temp report by Yoh.com, it's interesting to note that the pay info was released while the high-tech industry lobbies in Washington D.C. to increase the number of H-1B visas, which allows skilled foreign workers to be hired by tech firms inside the U.S.
I covered the controversial temporary work permit program and its affect on computer tech jobs in a previous column. In contrast to the Yoh.com survey, some tech workers actually say that wages are stagnant.
Todd Tollefson of the Seattle local of the Communications Workers of America (a union) says, "The reason wages are being depressed are twofold: the outsourcing of jobs to lower-wage countries, and bringing in workers on H-1Bs.'' Jared Bernstein, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, says "Wage trends over the last five to six years don't tend to see tremendous growth." In response, Yoh.com says it measures the real pay of real high-tech workers (hmm, that method sounds a bit familiar).
Perhaps what's going on here is that permanent tech jobs are sluggish, but the temp market is indeed heating up. Whether this is good or bad, or is caused by H-1B's or not, depends on where you stand.
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Dr. Al Lee