Demand for highly skilled IT workers isn’t slowing down. Research and staffing firm Upp reports that the unemployment rate for IT careers is hovering under 4 percent in every U.S. state, well below unemployment rates for other industries and the overall unemployment rate.
But some in-demand skills and roles pay more than others. Using data from cloud compensation software and solutions provider PayScale’s databases, we’ve put together the top five highest-paying IT roles for every career stage — whether you’re just starting out, have a few years under your belt, or are moving into the C-suite.
Compensation data is median pay based on total cash compensation (TCC), which combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions and other forms of cash earnings. It does not include stock, retirement benefits or the value of healthcare benefits, for example. The data, from 15,548 respondents, was gathered from November 1, 2017, to November 1, 2018.