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SMB vs. large corporations: How top IT salaries differ

Janco Associates has just released its mid-year IT compensation survey, and part of what it looks at is how top IT salaries differ in large corporations and small to medium businesses.

Janco Associates has just released its mid-year IT compensation survey, and part of what it looks at is how top IT salaries differ in large corporations and small to medium businesses.

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How much do salaries differ for the top positions in IT if you work for a small or medium business versus a large corporation? The short answer is a lot.

Janco Associates has just released its mid-year IT compensation study. Part of the study focuses on six-figure IT salaries and how they differ depending on the size of the organization.

Janco divides the data into six categories:

  • IT Leaders - Large firms
  • Mid-management - Large firms
  • Staff positions - Large firms
  • IT management - SMBs
  • Mid-management - SMBs
  • IT staff - SMBs

(A business with 100 or fewer employees is generally considered small, while one with 101-999 employees is considered to be medium-sized. I asked Janco about its criteria for this distinction, and they said that large companies are companies whose gross revenues are equal to or greater than $500 MM. Mid-sized companies are companies whose gross revenues are less than $500 MM.)

Here's how the six-figure salaries for IT staff in large corporations differed from their counterparts in SMBs:

Large corporations SMBs
Programmer/analyst $172,089 $129,641
Senior Network Specialist $165,013 $146,562
Disaster Recovery Coordinator $152,696 $102,598
Software Engineer $135,279 $171,374
Database Specialist $124,791 $125,631
Systems Support Specialist $103,848 $108,685

It's interesting that the software engineer and system support specialists actually make more money in the smaller organizations.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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