Computerworld Unveils 2015 IT Salary Survey Results

Salaries Rising as Demand for IT Talent Becomes More Competitive; Security Professionals at the Top of Their Game

Framingham, Mass., April 29, 2015 —IDG’s Computerworld—the leading IT media brand dedicated to being the voice of business technology—today released its 2015 IT Salary Survey results, which reveal that companies are increasing IT salaries in order to attract and retain talent in a highly competitive hiring market, and that the security profession in particular is red-hot. Computerworld’s special report highlights its unique perspective on the IT market and includes a list of average 2015 salaries for more than 50 job titles at senior IT management, middle IT management and staff levels.

Computerworld’s 29th annual IT Salary Survey results show that it’s a buyer’s market for IT professionals in 2015,” said Valerie Potter, managing editor, features at Computerworld. “Hiring managers are facing tough competition for workers with skills in key areas such as mobile, big data and security, and for the first time since the economic downturn we’re seeing significant year-over-year gains in IT compensation.”

Computerworld surveyed more than 4,800 IT professionals and discovered that in 2015, the average increase in total compensation (salary plus bonus) for IT workers increased 3.6% in 2015, compared to an average of 2% in each of the prior three years. With salaries up, unemployment down and open positions galore, it’s a great time to be looking for a job in IT—and many employers are willing to loosen the purse strings to keep the top performers they’ve got.

Not surprisingly, compensation is one of the biggest motivators for IT professionals, with nearly half (49%) of respondents reporting base salary as one of the most important aspects of their current position.   Only three out of 10 respondents cited the “challenge of the job and responsibility” as a key motivator.

Security professionals are in extremely high demand, thanks to several recent high-profile security breaches at major companies. For security-related positions such as chief security officer and information security manager, increases in total compensation rose 6.7% and 5.3%, respectively, year-over-year.   Overall, 67% of IT workers reported receiving a raise in 2015, compared to 60% last year, 57% in 2013 and 47% in 2012.

At the IT Salary Survey 2015 report online, visitors can compare their pay to others with similar titles and experience using an interactive salary tool, discover the hottest jobs, industries and cities for IT pay in 2015, and watch exclusive videos offering salary negotiation tips.

The May issue of the Computerworld digital magazine features highlights from the 2015 survey, along with news analysis, opinions and more in a stylishly designed, easy-to-navigate PDF format. Readers can sign up to have the magazine delivered to their inbox each month.

Computerworld’s 29th annual IT Salary Survey was administered via the Internet. The survey results include responses from both Computerworld digital magazine subscribers and visitors to The collection of data began on Oct. 2, 2014, and concluded on Dec. 18. A total of 5,484 people responded to the survey. Of those respondents, 4,863 were employed full time or part time and were eligible to complete the entire survey. At the 95% confidence level, the margin of error for this sample size is 1.4 percentage points.

The full survey can be seen here.

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading IT media brand helping senior IT, business decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology, Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld’s award-winning website (, focused conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.5 million monthly page views (Omniture, November 2014 – January 2015 average) and was recognized in BtoB’s 2013 Media Power 50 list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

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