Survey News

Survey News.BlogThe 2016 Information Technology Compensation Survey is now available. This survey collected data from 414 organizations on 83 benchmark positions.

Data in this survey are reported by Information Technology Department Size and Geographic Location. The 2016 survey includes Denver/Boulder, Northern Colorado, Southern Colorado, Colorado Western Slope, Colorado Resort areas, Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona. The report displays individual data lines for each geographic location as well as All Front Range, All Colorado, and Total Response data lines. In addition, the data are displayed by Less than 5 IT Employees, 5-10 IT Employees, 11-20 IT Employees, 21-50 IT Employees, and 51 or More IT Employees. This survey gathered base wages effective January 1, 2016.

Included in the Survey:

Annual Incentive – Participants were asked to provide annual incentives for the past fiscal/calendar year. Data reported are average incentives paid and number of employees receiving an incentive.

Target % Incentive – Participants were asked to provide targeted percentage figures for additional compensation, not earned income for the current year.

Exemption Status – Participants were asked to identify their matched position as exempt or nonexempt.

 2016 Information Technology Compensation Survey – Participant Analysis

The two charts below display the participant analysis of organizations that reported data in the 2016 IT Survey. Sixty-five percent of organizations reporting data have IT departments with 10 or fewer employees. If you look at the geographic breakout of the data, 43 percent of the sample is in the Denver/Boulder area with Utah the next largest geographic data line at 18 percent.










How Do 2016 Salaries for Five Benchmark IT Jobs Compare Geographically?

The following chart shows five “journey level” benchmark IT jobs reported by the four geographic areas in the survey of Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Out of the four geographic areas, the Colorado data line reports the highest rate of pay for all five of the benchmark IT jobs in the chart below. The Utah data line is the lowest in three of the five jobs displayed: Technical Support Analyst (Journey), Network Administration (Journey), and IT Manager (First-Line Supv.). The Wyoming geographic area reports the lowest rate of pay in the remaining two jobs: (Systems Administrator (Journey) and Application Programmer/Analyst (Journey)). Remember the Colorado geographic area represents 68 percent of the sample in the survey as displayed in the Geographic Location chart above.













Survey Data Online

MSEC’s Information Technology Survey and other compensation surveys are available in a PDF and spreadsheet format on the MSEC website. For the compensation surveys, the PDF document contains the job description and corresponding compensation data for each position surveyed as well as the general information statistics. The PDF documents are linked and bookmarked for ease of navigating the survey. The spreadsheet format contains the job code, job title, and compensation data for each position in the survey without the job descriptions. The benefit surveys are available in a PDF format, also linked and bookmarked for your convenience. Still prefer to have a hard copy? No problem! Call or email the Surveys department, and we will be happy to drop one in the mail for you.

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