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2019 Information Technology Compensation Survey

The 2019 Information Technology Compensation Survey is now available. This survey collected data from 406 organizations on 91 benchmark positions.

Data in this survey are reported by Information Technology Department Size and Geographic Location. The 2019 survey includes Denver/Boulder, Northern Colorado, Southern Colorado, Colorado Western Slope, Colorado Resort areas, Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona. Displayed in the report are individual data lines for each geographic location as well as All Front Range, All Colorado, and Total Response data lines. The compensation information is also 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, 2019.

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.

2019 Information Technology Compensation Survey – Participant Analysis

The two charts below display the participant analysis of organizations who reported data in the 2019 IT Survey. Thirty-eight percent of organizations reporting data have IT departments with five or fewer employees. If you look at the geographic breakout of the data, 44 percent of the sample is in the Denver/Boulder area.

How Do 2019 Salaries for 10 Benchmark IT Jobs Compare to 2018?

The following chart is a two-year comparison of 10 core benchmark IT jobs for the Total Responses Weighted Average data line. As you will notice from the data, there is not significant variance in the weighted average reported for these 10 jobs compared to last year’s survey data. However, the position with the greatest increase out of these 10 jobs is the GIS Analyst (Journey) with a 5.5 percent increase. The remaining nine jobs had an increase ranging from 5.1 percent for the Network Administrator (Journey) to 0.4 percent for the Webmaster (Journey).

Survey Data Online

Employers Council’s Information Technology Compensation Survey and other compensation surveys are available in a PDF and spreadsheet via the Employers Council website, The compensation survey PDF document contains the job description for each position surveyed as well as the general information statistics such as pay increases and turnover figures. The PDF documents are linked and bookmarked for ease of navigating the survey. The spreadsheet format contains data for each position in a searchable and uploadable format. Benefit surveys are available in a PDF format and are linked and bookmarked for your convenience. Still prefer to have a hard copy? We are happy to mail it to you. Call or email the Surveys Department at 303.223.5490 or 800.884.1328 and we will get it sent to your attention.

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