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Top-Paying Tech Jobs and Skills for 2019

The Dice 2019 Tech Salary Report revealed that salaries for U.S. tech professionals were stagnant in 2018 with an average annual salary of $93,244, a slight 0.6% increase from 2017.

Average US Tech Salary 2009 - 2018

In addition to salaries remaining flat, salary satisfaction has been steadily declining over the last decade. In 2012, 57% of the surveyed tech community were satisfied with their salaries but in 2018, we reached an all-time low with only 48% satisfied with salary.

Contractors Employed by Staffing Agencies Come Out on Top

The average U.S. tech salary in 2018 was $93,244. See how that number changes when you break it down by employment type:

Average U.S. Permanent IT Salary: $93,013

Average U.S. Contractor IT Salary (employed by staffing agency): $98,079

Average U.S. Contractor IT Salary (working directly for employer): $94,011

Top Job Titles by Salary

Out of the top 25 highest-paying tech jobs, the top three with the biggest jump in pay year-over-year were Web Developer/Programmer (+11.6%), Programmer/Analyst (+8.7%), and Tech Management (+8.0%).

Top IT Job Titles by Salary

Top 10 Fastest Growing Tech Skills

 

Skill

2018 Salary

YR/YR Change

1

Drupal

$95,506

9.8%

2

Puppet

$117,632

9.1%

3

Heroku

$101,376

7.8%

4

Gradle

$118,819

7.6%

5

MariaDB

$109,672

7.3%

6

Angular

$110,505

7.1%

7

Matlab

$102,198

6.7%

8

RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)

$116,910

6.7%

9

Vagrant

$118,144

6.5%

10

NumPy

$112,181

6.3%

Search jobs across the U.S. in the skills listed above or find the local IT salary survey for your market to compare to the numbers above.

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