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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 Redmondmag.com 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 vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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