2012 IT Salary Survey: Windows IT Pros' Salaries Up, Average Now $87K

According to Redmond magazine's 17th annual salary survey of Windows IT pros, the average salary is $87,630, up 3.25 percent over 2011.

58.2  percent of U.S.-based Redmond magazine and readers also reported that they received a raise in the past 12 months, with the average amount of $3,194; that's up from 56.24 percent receiving an average $2,624 raise in 2011.

Of course, compensation will vary significantly depending on years of experience and technical expertise. For example, in 2012, the average salary for a help desk employee with three to five years of experience is $49,585, while the average salary for a network engineer with the same level of experience is $62,900. IT managers with 10 or more years of experience reported the highest average salary of $102,121.

The survey also breaks out the average salary by technology expertise, as shown in the chart below:

For more information, including a breakout of average salaries by Microsoft product expertise, average salary by education level and the impact of the cloud on salaries, read the entire Redmond 2012 IT Salary Survey, now available online here.

About the Author

Becky Nagel is the executive editor of the 1105 Redmond Media Group's Web sites, including,, and, among others.

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Reader Comments:

Mon, Aug 6, 2012

What would actually be useful is to break out by location in more detail. Great, I am making half of what the survey implies I should. Is a big part of that because my town has a cost of living half of the CoL in LA? Perhaps it is becuase I get VERY generous benefits instead of my salary compensation? Too little detail in source data that makes such data actually quite useless.

Sat, Aug 4, 2012

I've been underpaid for the last three years. Initially was a system support administrator with a supervisor, then when I took over supporting 1000 workstations I thought my salary would increase. Nope. I have a four year degree, various certs, and I have been working in information systems since the mid 90s. I make about half of what I earned in 1998. According to salary websites I am about 10-20 grand under the *median* salary. Good news ? This year only 93 percent of people with my skills earn more. Last year it was 98. Hooray for the increase of lower paying jobs to offset my location?

Fri, Aug 3, 2012 Colorado

WOW! I sure wish this were true. I am underpaid by $32,000 according to this. I guess since I am over 50, no one wants me...

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