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07/24/2006

Annual Salary Survey Reveals Pay Raises and Greater Job Satisfaction

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – JULY 24, 2006 – It's a good year for Network IT professionals of all levels as they report increases in base pay and bonuses, and higher satisfaction with job security, work/life balance and more.

Network World's 2006 Salary Survey reports that the average base salary for Network IT professionals increased 5.4%, while bonuses jumped a hefty 14.2%.

Base pay for the highest-ranking Network IT executives (CXO or senior-level VP) rose 6.5% to $132,560, while pay for middle management jumped 5.2% to $84,510. Network staff salaries increased an average of 5.3% to $66,190. Results of the entire survey are published in the July 24 edition of Network World and online at www.networkworld.com , as part of the You Issue, a special annual Signature Series edition that focuses on Network IT professionals at work and play.

An exclusive online Salary Calculator complements the You package. This interactive tool lets Network IT professionals explore their earning potential and compare their compensation with that of colleagues across the country. The Salary Calculator is available at http://www.networkworld.com/salary/2006/calculator.html . With this tool, Network IT professionals can find out how much they should be earning based on job title, location and years of experience, among other criteria.

The survey also asks Network IT professionals to rate job satisfaction based on a variety of criteria ranging from compensation and benefits to professional development and the family friendliness of their workplaces. As in years past, job security is the Number 1 priority for those surveyed. This year, Network IT professionals' satisfaction with job security has risen.

In addition to the Salary Survey, the You Issue also explores the world of Network IT professionals, their work places, job skills, and even their favorite food, music and vacation spots.

Highlights include:

— You Work Where?

An insider's look at three of the cool places network professionals work – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Carnegie Mellon University's Data Center Observatory and the PGA's First Tee organization, an organization focused on teaching kids lessons in leadership and integrity through golf. Readers can also go behind the scenes with these Network IT pros at their workplaces with Network World's first "You in Action" video series ( http://www.networkworld.com/you/2006/072406-youinaction-videos.html ).

— What Would You Do?

What sets good Network IT Executives apart from great ones is how they identify and ultimately solve problems. Three Network IT veterans tell us how they'd handle a few hypothetical, extremely tough situations.

— Your Best-Made Plans

Three Network IT Executives share advice for crafting visionary strategic plans.

— All About You

Pizza and iPods, rock-and-roll and Jackie Chan — these are a few of readers' favorite things, according to the results of our informal online survey.

Additional You Issue-related stories can be found online at http://www.networkworld.com/you/2006/ . The You Issue is one of six Signature Series issues published bimonthly by Network World. This award-winning, high-profile series provide a comprehensive look at the most important issues facing Network IT executives today.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community ( www.networkworld.com ) and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns and create new revenue opportunities.

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