The bad news: these rising IT salary numbers are merely compensating for last years 2%-4% decreases. So alas, the net effect is that IT salaries are essentially flat over the last year or so. Yes, times are tough.
Still, IT remains one of the better-paid fields, and a multi-year look at the salary numbers bears this out. Between 2007 and 2008 the tail end of the boom years IT salaries rose an impressive 5.3%. And between 2008 and 2009, before the downturn squeezed IT, paychecks trended upward 3.7%.
Is more IT hiring on the way? I can point to one sunny indicator. I keep an eye on the Dice tech job site. Back around 2007, I remember Dice hosting some 90,000 plus openings. As the economic headlines turned darker and darker, the total slid down to a depressing 50,000 or so. But a recent glance shows Dices listings have risen back to 74,000. Someone tell the band to start playing.
See the complete 2011 IT Salary Guide on Datamation.com.