IT Salaries and Openings are Up in 2021!

Considering our incessant use of smartphones, tablets, computers, and other high-tech devices we are all dependent on, no wonder professionals IT salaries and openings are up in 2021! We are not kidding about those devices being constantly used and you know it because you are reading this on one of those!

IT Salaries and Openings are Up in 2021 - IT Skills Gap in the USA - 1 in 6 jobs go unfilled per CompTIA
IT Skills Gap in the USA per CompTIA

Here is some good news for anyone interested in IT Support: Several of the leading studies forecasting the 2017 IT job markets are listing PC Support, Networking, and Cyber Security in the top 10 fastest-growing jobs. This is just a quick overview as all this data is brand new and we wanted to share the gist of it with you all. We will take out the time to dig deeper into these studies and others and present a more detailed picture within a month or so.

2020 IDG Insider Pro and Computerworld IT Salary Survey

Let’s start with Computerworld’s study. According to their 2020 survey of 1,889 IT workers, a little over 70% of IT professionals saw a salary increase this year in spite of the Covid-19 situation. For IT staff the average increase is 6.1% going from a mean salary in 2019 of 83,472 to $88,571.

US News 10 Best Technology Jobs 2021

Moving on to US News’ 2021 “10 Best Technology Jobs” we are told that PC Support, Networking, and Cyber Security all made it to the top ten. The below table shows an excerpt from that data. The last column is just us matching the most relevant CompTIA IT Certification(s) for the positions listed.

Ranking* Position Projected openings Median salary Certification
#5 Information Security Analyst 35,500 $98,350 Security+
#6 Computer System Analyst 56,000 $88,740 Network+ and/or Security+
#8 Computer Systems Administrator 18,200 $82,050 Network+ and/or Security+
#9 Computer Support Specialist 83,100 $53,740 A+ (220-1001 & 220-1002)

*) Out of “top 10”.

Robert Half International 2021

IT salaries and openings are up in 2021 according to the staffing agency Robert Half International as well. Help desk and cybersecurity remains in high demand regardless of Covid-19. Help Desk professionals are part of the most in-demand tech jobs for 2021. Their annual survey for 2021 shows that annual Help Desk salaries are ranging from $35,250 (lower quartile for Tier 1 workers) to $82,000 for the 95th percentile for the top Tier 3 professional (see table below).

Technology Services & Operations – Help Desk

Position Lowest Quartile1) Upper 95th 2) Certification
Help desk Tier 1 $35,250 $57,250 A+ (220-1001 & 220-1002)
Help desk Tier 2 $41,500 $67,000 A+ (220-1001 & 220-1002)
Help desk Tier 3 $50,750 $82,000 A+ (220-1001 & 220-1002)
  • Lowest Quartile: Little or no prior experience, still developing relevant skills.
  • Upper 95th: Exceptionally strong skills, expertise, and experience.

Technology Services & Operations – Networking

Position Lowest Quartile1) 95th 2) Certification
Systems Engineer $90,000 $149,500 Network+ and/or Security+
Systems Administrator $70,000 $118,500 Network+ and/or Security+
Hardware Analyst $63,750 $108,500 Network+ and/or Security+
  • Lowest Quartile: Little or no prior experience, still developing relevant skills.
  • Upper 95th: Exceptionally strong skills, expertise, and experience.

Technology Services & Operations – Security

Position Lowest Quartile1) 95th 2) Certification
Network Security Engineer $105,500 $174,500 Security+ and/or Network+
Network Security Administrator $98,500 $166,250 Security+ and/or Network+
Systems Security Administrator $100,000 $168,500 Security+ and/or Network+
  • Lowest Quartile: Little or no prior experience, still developing relevant skills.
  • Upper 95th: Exceptionally strong skills, expertise, and experience.

That’s it for now but come back and visit us as we keep updating these reports as more data points come in. In the meantime, the good news is that IT salaries and openings are up in 2021 in spite of the Covid-19 situation we are all going through.

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