Mastering Big Data languages, databases and skills could be the ticket to a bigger paycheck
Tech salaries saw a nearly 3% bump last year, and IT pros with expertise in big data-related languages, databases and skills enjoyed some of the largest paychecks.
Average U.S. tech salaries climbed to $87,811 in 2013, up from $85,619 the previous year, according to Dice’s newly released 2013-2014 Salary Survey. Significantly, nine of the top 10 highest paying IT salaries are for skills related to big data, says the tech career site.
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At the top of the list is R, a software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Here’s the full list of the top 10 highest paying IT salaries:
1. R: $115,531
2. NoSQL: $114,796
3. MapReduce: $114,396
4. PMBok: $112,382
5. Cassandra: $112,382
6. Omnigraffle: $111,039
7. Pig: $109,561
8. Service Oriented Architecture: $108,997
9. Hadoop: $108,669
10. Mongo DB: $107,825
“Companies are betting big that harnessing data can play a major role in their competitive plans, and that is leading to high pay for critical skills,” said Shravan Goli, president of Dice, in a statement. “Technology professionals should be volunteering for big data projects, which makes them more valuable to their current employer and more marketable to other employers.”
Among all respondents, 34% of tech pros received a bonus as part of their 2013 compensation, and average bonuses totaled $9,323.
Silicon Valley tops the list of highest paid metropolitan areas when it comes to tech talent, with an average annual salary of $108,603 and an average annual bonus of $12,458.
When asked if they are satisfied with their salaries, respondents were divided. Nearly half were either very satisfied (17%) or somewhat satisfied (37%). Some were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied (16%). At the other extreme, respondents were somewhat dissatisfied (20%) and very dissatisfied (10%).
A majority of IT pros (65%) told Dice they’re confident they could find a new, better position.