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Salary Survey 2005: Holding Pattern


November, 2005: Salary Survey 2005

Software Development
November 2005

Holding Pattern

Little has changed in the last year, according to our eighth annual examination of compensation and satisfaction trends for software developers. Salaries have increased by a hair, and most other job measures are dormant or just budding.The one bright spot? The continued growth of head-hunting.

By Alexandra Weber Morales

APPLICATION TESTING / QUALITY ASSURANCE
Drives quality in the design, development and execution of applications. Ensures quality of testing procedures and results; writes, designs and develops test cases with application development staff and users; executes tests and documents results.
  MEAN
25th
PERCENTILE
MEDIAN

75th
PERCENTILE

Total $85K $66K $82K $99K
Staff $77K $63K $78K $90K
Management $99K $77K $93K $111K
         
STAFF BY AGE        
26 to 35 $71K $55K $75K $85K
36 to 45 $77K $65K $76K $85K
46 to 55 $81K $65K $84K $93K
         
MANAGEMENT BY AGE        
36 to 45 $107K $85K $97K $118K
46 to 55 $97K $73K $100K $118K
         
STAFF BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE        
6 to 10 years $68K $58K $67K $80K
11 to 15 years $80K $66K $80K $94K
16 to 20 years $81K $65K $73K $98K
Over 20 years $91K $83K $90K $101K
         
MANAGEMENT BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE        
6 to 10 years $90K $60K $72K $104K
11 to 15 years $97K $90K $93K $110K
16 to 20 years * * * *
Over 20 years $105K $87K $105K $125K
         
STAFF BY REGION        
East $81K $65K $80K $99K
Midwest $70K $59K $73K $79K
South $79K $62K $79K $89K
West $78K $63K $79K $92K
         
MANAGEMENT BY REGION        
East $110K $84K $93K $120K
Midwest $83K $66K $87K $96K
South $98K $72K $95K $125K
West $104K $92K $105K $115K
         
* Categories marked with an asterisk received fewer than 20 responses, compromising accuracy.


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