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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 DEVELOPMENT
Codes, debugs, documents, deploys and maintains computer programs. May work with and modify packaged applications; may build or use components. In the absence of an application architect or on projects of lesser complexity, gathers customer requirements and specifies functionality.
  MEAN
25th
PERCENTILE
MEDIAN
75th
PERCENTILE
Total $85K $70K $84K $100K
Staff $82K $67K $80K $94K
Management $99K $82K $97K $115K
         
STAFF BY AGE        
25 or less $58K $48K $55K $70K
26 to 35 $74K $60K $74K $87K
36 to 45 $86K $72K $85K $99K
46 to 55 $86K $72K $85K $98K
Over 55 $84K $69K $84K $97K
         
MANAGEMENT BY AGE        
26 to 35 $89K $72K $95K $103K
36 to 45 $103K $85K $99K $120K
46 to 55 $99K $83K $98K $115K
Over 55 $99K $87K $103K $120K
         
STAFF BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE        
5 years or less $62K $50K $60K $72K
6 to 10 years $75K $63K $73K $85K
11 to 15 years $86K $75K $85K $98K
16 to 20 years $87K $75K $87K $100K
Over 20 years $91K $76K $89K $102K
         
MANAGEMENT BY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE        
6 to 10 years $89K $70K $92K $104K
11 to 15 years $101K $85K $98K $115K
16 to 20 years $106K $86K $100K $120K
Over 20 years $104K $90K $103K $120K
         
STAFF BY REGION        
East $85K $70K $83K $99K
Midwest $74K $62K $74K $87K
South $80K $67K $80K $91K
West $89K $72K $88K $103K
         
MANAGEMENT BY REGION        
East $108K $90K $105K $130K
Midwest $99K $83K $96K $111K
South $93K $78K $94K $105K
West $103K $84K $98K $120K


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