Information Technology Salary Guide

Information Technology Salary Guide

In recent years, the demand for qualified information technology (IT) talent has soared. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, IT has played a crucial role in maintaining stability as organizations closed their offices and instructed their employees to work at home, and e-commerce sales surged as consumers shifted to online shopping.

With over 60 years of talent acquisition experience, Acara is well-equipped to source and recruit information technology candidates across several different industries. Our team of recruitment professionals is committed to implementing innovative people strategies that deliver results and empower the workforce. Through our suite of contingent and direct hire placement services, we help our clients discover premier talent nationwide.

Is your organization prepared to win the race for top talent?

Our nation’s post-pandemic rebound will be extraordinary. As business needs begin to ramp up, companies will begin hiring at a feverish pace. Looking ahead to the future, is your organization armed with a well-designed talent approach to recruit and retain in-demand candidates?

By leveraging our 2021 Information Technology Salary Guide, your organization will be well-positioned to attract these qualified professionals with competitive salary rates at your disposal.


  • Anticipated Industry Trends
  • Job Outlook Growth
  • Information Technology Salary Guide

All compensation figures within our enclosed salary guide have been generated via Emsi—a premier provider of labor market data and analytics. Emsi’s sophisticated software is underpinned by an array of verified public and government sources. The tool drives in-depth industry analysis by delivering accurate summaries of the labor and compensation market.


Anticipated Industry Trends

Our team of workforce experts predicts the following information technology trends becoming more prevalent in the future:

Expansion of hybrid work demands

The landscape of work is changing. Traditional office-centric companies are evolving into geographically distributed organizations by embracing a hybrid work model. This model creates challenges, and new opportunities, for IT departments. The use of personal devices for work purposes continues to increase and shift the definition of what is considered a security perimeter. IT professionals must cater to split in-person and remote work environments while managing equipment, security, business continuity, and employee demands.

Increase in cyber and information security regulations

A series of alarming cybersecurity incidents in the United States has made security and risk management a high-level issue for companies and state and federal government. As the number and sophistication of security breaches climb, the amount of legislation required to protect consumers has increased. Regulations are expected to become even more complex in 2022 making corporate compliance more burdensome. To meet these requirements, the demand for cyber and information security professionals across all industries will continue to grow.

Leveraging of artificial intelligence (AI)

Companies continue to rely on AI as part of their everyday business to strike greater efficiencies and more effectively manage product inventory. With increased utilization comes increased demand, and the need for AI professionals will only grow over the next several years. Some retraining of existing IT workers may be required to meet the shift to AI and there will be a need for developers, testers, programmers, and technology specialists.

Supply chain issues

The IT sector is feeling the effects of chip shortages, increased product costs, and shipping delays. The rising costs that supply chain issues create negatively affect companies’ ability to upgrade their technology.

Surge in the utilization of contract professionals

The talent shortage in today’s labor market presents a challenge to rolling out advanced IT automation and digital workplace technologies. To combat this, organizations will be required to look towards contingent IT workers — such as freelancers or independent contractors —that can help with workload management when there are sudden spikes in demand or a need for specialized skills that are in short supply.

Job Outlook Growth 2019-2029

Average job growth for all occupations is 13%. The positions with the highest projected growth in IT are:

  • 33%

    Information Security Analysts
  • 22%

    Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers
  • 22%

    Computer and Information Research Scientists

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