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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 DESIGN
Gathers customer/user requirements, designs and models packaged or corporate computer programs. May be familiar with the Unified Modeling Language. Sets functional and user interface specifications. May develop or supervise coding.
  MEAN
25th
PERCENTILE
MEDIAN
75th
PERCENTILE
Total $94K $78K $92K $108K
Staff $92K $75K $91K $105K
Management $101K $81K $100K $116K
         
STAFF BY AGE        
26 to 35 $81K $70K $82K $96K
36 to 45 $96K $83K $96K $107K
46 to 55 $97K $78K $93K $111K
Over 55 $96K $75K $100K $113K
         
MANAGEMENT BY AGE        
26 to 35 $87K $75K $85K $98K
36 to 45 $101K $84K $100K $119K
46 to 55 $118K $89K $109K $139K
         
STAFF BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE        
6 to 10 years $82K $70K $83K $96K
11 to 15 years $88K $75K $86K $99K
16 to 20 years $101K $86K $103K $117K
Over 20 years $101K $83K $101K $115K
         
MANAGEMENT BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE        
6 to 10 years $85K $72K $85K $101K
11 to 15 years $98K $81K $100K $110K
16 to 20 years * * * *
Over 20 years $112K $88K $107K $130K
         
STAFF BY REGION        
East $91K $75K $85K $104K
Midwest $86K $73K $85K $96K
South $92K $80K $93K $104K
West $101K $83K $101K $113K
         
MANAGEMENT BY REGION        
East $112K $93K $110K $129K
Midwest $91K $84K $90K $105K
South $95K $80K $90K $110K
West $112K $81K $106K $140K
         
* Categories marked with an asterisk received fewer than 20 responses, compromising accuracy.        


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