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Reader Feedback Wanted: Looking for a Higher-Salaried Job?

As I scour the data from this year's 2013 Redmond Salary Survey, it appears salaries on average are on the rise. The average increase in compensation is almost as high as last year's annual salary survey but a notable difference is a growing number of you are looking for a new job.

While you'll have to wait a month for the final results, I'm looking for some of you to give some color to align with some of the trends I'm spotting. If the only thing holding you back is you don't want to tip off your employer or colleagues that you're not happy with your salary or job (or maybe you don't want to admit you're doing better than most), no worries, I won't identify you.

But if you want to share your insights on what's driving compensation for Windows IT pros and how they're navigating their careers these days, your feedback would be welcome. One caveat: I do need to know who you are to ensure I am sharing accurate information but again, I will not identify you unless you want me to. That said, please answer the following questions:

  • Is your experience with any Microsoft-based technology valued by your current employer?
  • How has the raise and bonus you received this year compare with what you've received in previous years?
  • What's your view of why your employer is either being more generous or less with salaries this year?
  • Do you feel the only way you can boost your salary is to move on to a new job?
  • If salary isn't the reason you're looking for a new job, what is?
  • How is the cloud impacting your career?

Other relevant thoughts on the state of compensation and the job market for Windows IT pros are also welcome. You can reach me at


Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 07/31/2013 at 1:15 PM


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