Technology is constantly changing, and employees who have the most in demand skills usually get the highest salary. Employers also know how important it is to compensate top talent to keep their business thriving. According to Robert Half Technology’s 2023 IT Salary Report, the most in demand tech jobs along with their salary ranges are:
Job Duties: Builds, oversees, and maintains cloud infrastructure
Salary Range: $102,500 – $143,750
Job Duties: Creates, implements, tests, and troubleshoots databases
Salary Range: $105,000 – $144,250
DevOps (Development Operations) Engineer
Job Duties: Project management and coding to optimize company software
Salary Range: $108,250 – $157,500
Job Duties: Programs the user interface for websites and applications
Starting Salary: $81,250 – $117,250
Help Desk and Desktop Support Professional
Job Duties: Supports users by troubleshooting computer issues
Salary Range: $38,250 – $77,750
Job Duties: Set up, maintain, and troubleshoot hardware and software
Salary Range: $82,500 – $118,500
Network Security Engineer
Job Duties: Oversees cybersecurity challenges to ensure a secure network
Salary Range: $112,500 – $158,750
Job Duties: Designs and develops software applications for customers using specific programming languages and development tools
Starting Salary: $103,250 – $148,000
Job Duties: Development, design, and testing of software applications using engineering principles for companies and organizations
Starting Salary: $106,500 – $149,750
Systems Security Manager
Job Duties: Oversees security administrators to ensure overall IT security
Starting Salary: $134,250 – $194,250
According to Indeed, some tech jobs can reach well over $200,000 range and are usually are higher management positions or specialized positions that require more expertise, such as:
Hyperscale Cloud Architect
Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Engineer
Information Technology Director
Chief Information Officer
Associate Director of Data Science
Software Engineering Manager
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, it has projected a 15% growth for Computer and Information Technology occupations from 2021 through 2031. Which means approximately 682,800 new jobs would be added during this time. As new technology, such Artificial Intelligence (AI) is introduced, more workers who can adapt to new innovations will be in higher demand and paid accordingly.
According to Harvard Business Review, top tech talent who often has many choices for their next position look for perks including:
Strong Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Looking beyond traditional degrees and relying more on testing skills and reviewing work portfolios that demonstrate a candidate’s ability to do the job even if they don’t have a particular educational background.
Transparency and Accountability from Management – Managers who are transparent about their vision and how their employees contribute have a direct impact on the desired outcome. Usually communication is direct and clear and open door policies are encouraged.
Personalized Career Development – Employees want to be able to grow in their career and many prefer coaching that allows them to develop their skills and expand to gain additional knowledge and opportunities in the future.
Businesses who plan ahead and anticipate what the staff they’ll need in the future will not be scrambling later to fill positions as people retire. By hiring top tech talent earlier they can also develop a team that is looking to contribute to new innovations and grow with the company.