Great news for those in the tech industry and others hoping to get there: projected technology salaries are increasing across the board.

That’s according to professional consulting company Robert Half International, which just released its annual salary guide for technology professionals. The study is based upon nationwide market observations, analysis of current and future hiring trends, as well as workplace research.

From administration to app development to technical support, each of the 75 jobs listed have projected salary increases for 2013. Salaries for tech positions will increase an average of 5.3 percent, which is the largest spike among all fields researched by Robert Half.

The most substantial rise comes for mobile applications developers, who earned $85,000 – $122,500 this year but will make $92,750 – $133,500 in 2013 (starting compensation), a 9 percent increase.

The study provided local variances for 150 markets and Seattle salary ranges came in at 1.18% higher than average. New York City had the highest at 1.4%, while Sioux City came in last at 0.78%.

Other interesting nuggets:

  • Employment of web developers is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020.
  • Employment of database administrators is expected to grow 31 percent from 2010 to 2020.
  • The lowest amount of increase was for computer operators, who made $32,250 – $44,500 in 2012 and will make $32,750 – $45,250 next year.
  • Salaries for CIO’s are expected to increase by 4.1 percent. They made $139,750 – $225,500 last year and are projected to make $145,500 – $234,750 in 2013.

The study made the well-known point that there are simply not enough skilled workers in the tech industry. There are lots of companies thinking about ways to change that, including Microsoft.

Previously on GeekWireSalaries rebound as Seattle leads U.S. in wage growth

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  • Founder X

    Good news for those on a salary – but not good news for founders! If you’re managing to breakeven, then rising salaries means you have less people on your team.
    The upward track of salaries makes it much harder to grow a statrup – especially when competing with MS, Amazon, etc ..


    Hire junior developers and train them or hire offshore developers, yes it may be a little bit of work initially but will help you stay within your budget. Full disclosure I help startup and small business build and manage their offshore teams.

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