Web developer or CTO, which tech professions have the most dynamic salaries?

Some technical skills remain extremely well paid.

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The average tech salary topped six figures for the first time in 2021, according to a report from Dice, highlighting the “continuing and sustained” demand for digital talent across industries.

The 2022 Technician Salary Report by Job Market Dice found that the average salary for technologists increased nearly 7% between 2020 and 2021, reaching $104,566. Dice said it was the highest salary recorded in the 17 years he conducted the survey.

IT chiefs earned the highest salaries in 2021, averaging $151,983 per year. This reflects a 6% change from 2020, according to Dice.

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Systems architects saw their salary increase by 5.1% to ($147,901). Dice said this reflected the increased demand for developers “able to structure, maintain, and scale tech stacks in a variety of environments.”

Cloud architects and engineers were the third highest paid technologists in 2021, earning an average salary of $140,571 (up 3%). Cybersecurity engineers/architects ($135,059) and data architects ($128,835) round out the top five earning occupations.

Art Zeile, CEO of Dice, said pandemic pressures have increased demand for tech workers who can help companies realize their digitization strategies, as well as help facilitate remote work computing environments. “I’m encouraged but not surprised to see the salaries of American technologists continue to rise,” Zeile told ZDNet.

“The onset of the pandemic has only fanned the fire as organizations of all types and sizes have had to transition to virtual work environments and, in many cases, accelerate digital transformation projects to s adapt to the changing landscape.”

Wages rose for most tech occupations, although some positions saw faster annual growth than others.

The average salary of web developers ($98,912), for example, increased by 21.3% between 2020 and 2021: almost double the growth of the second-fastest-growing salary by occupation, which belonged to administrators of databases ($111,362).

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Web developer salaries grew the fastest on average between 2020 and 2021.

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Help desk engineers ($77,169, up 12.4%), data analysts ($84,779, up 11.5%), and UX/UI designers ($101,260, up 10.1%) also saw substantial growth.

While programming languages ​​remain in vogue, Dice found that technologists with expertise in cloud and data platforms generally earned higher salaries on average.

For example, technology professionals with skills in the open-source enterprise search engine Solr typically earned an average of $143,464. Similarly, Mokito skills correlated with average salaries of $140,366. Service-oriented architecture ($139,961), RabbitMQ ($137,717), and Elasticseach ($136,405) were also among the top-paying tech skills.

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“What this list of highest paying skills clearly shows is that organizations are more than happy to pay a premium for infrastructure-related skills at the enterprise level, especially when it comes to the data storage and discovery, and the cloud,” the report said. noted.

“Hadoop, HANA, and PAAS, for example, have all demanded high salaries for some time. Also keep an eye out for Tensorflow and neural networks, which could prove critical for businesses by helping to make their infrastructure smarter. .”

Dice said that while programming languages ​​such as Ruby ($128,689), JavaScript ($109,833), and Python ($116,498) generally don’t command the same salaries as specialized cloud platforms and data, they remained just as vital to business operations when it comes to maintenance. code and creation of new applications and services.

“Learning these languages ​​can result in a steady (and varied) workflow, although technologists should be careful to keep their knowledge of these individual languages ​​(like any skill) as up-to-date as possible,” the report says. .