Information Technology Project Managers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $100K annually — though Solutions Architects, Senior Systems Engineers, and Software Engineers also do fairly well at $97K, approximately $73K, and $68K, respectively. Near the bottom at Netsmart Technologies, Inc. are Technical Consultants, pulling in an average of just around $51K.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $97K per year) can be spotted in Columbus, Ohio; Overland Park, Kan. (approximately $88K), Kansas City, Mo. (about $59K), and Great River, N.Y. ($59K) are the next top-paying cities. Kansas City, Kan. ranks low on the pay scale — at around $55K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of Kansas, where they average to $80K annually.
Years of Experience
Average pay is $96K per year for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (39 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of around $62K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Those with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Computer Information Systems (CIS) at Netsmart Technologies, Inc. come out on top, and their salaries approach $98K per year.
In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be Project Management; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of about $89K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know SQL; about one in four consider it a key competency. Three more common skills are Microsoft SQL Server, .NET, and IT Consulting.
Benefits and Perks
Nearly all employees save up for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Health insurance comes as part of the deal for a large number of survey participants, and the vast majority of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Employees can also look forward to a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, life insurance, optional telecommute / work from home, and flexible hours.