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2018 IT Skills and Salary Report

Global Knowledge surveyed over 16,000 IT professionals worldwide for their annual IT Skills and Salary Report.

2018 IT Skills and Salary Report

General Highlights

  • 75% of U.S. IT decisionmakers report a skills gap in their organization
  • The primary technology focus worldwide is cloud computing and cybersecurity
  • There is, on average, a 22% salary difference between certified IT professionals and non-certified professionals in North America
  • U.S. tech salaries outperform the rest of the world with an average of $87,333, which is 36% higher than the global average of $64,206
  • IT pros who had any IT training in the past year were 30% more satisfied in their roles than those who did not take training

Compensation Trends

  • 72% of surveyed U.S. IT professionals report receiving a raise last year - on average, a 4% raise
  • Top three industries in the U.S. that pay the highest salaries: IS and VAR integration, IT communication manufacturing, and IT consulting
  • New England is the U.S. region with the highest tech salaries at $100,692 while the East South Central region has the lowest salaries at $79,406, due to the difference in cost of living and IT skills demand
  • Top three certifications that pay the highest salaries in the U.S.: AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate, Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), and AWS Certified Developer - Associate

The Skills Gap

  • Top three reported factors contributing to the skills gap employers are facing: difficulty attracting talent to their industry, lack of training investment, and difficulty paying what tech pros demand
  • Biggest impact skills gaps have on employers: increased stress on existing employees, difficulty meeting quality objectives, and delays in developing new products or services
  • Technology with the biggest skills gap: blockchain
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