17 tech professions that pay over $120,000 in 2016

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So, you’re an IT professional thinking of changing jobs and you want to know what the market will pay you. Or maybe you’re thinking of hitting the books, getting a degree or some technical training and wondering which direction to go.

This latest salary survey from national IT recruiters Mondo could help.

It’s based on about 3,000 actual job placements that Mondo made over the past year in the cities where it recruits: New York, San Francisco, Washington, Philadelphia, Denver, Boston, Chicago, and Dallas.

The ranges indicate the pay scale between the lowest and highest cost-of-living areas.


Scala developer $115,000 – $177,000

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Scala is a programming language, an alternative to the popular language of Java, that’s supposed to be harder to learn than Java, but is a good-or-better choice for the needs of the modern app.


DevOps lead $120,000 – $166,000

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Devops is the latest way to do IT in the enterprise world, modeled after the Googles and Facebooks of the world, who design, test, and push their IT projects onto the company’s live systems very quickly. (As opposed to the old way, where mongo projects took years of testing and planning before they were let lose.)

There are special DevOps tools that allow IT departments to run their projects in smaller chunks, using faster methods. A devops leader would lead this team or this process.


Business Intelligence architect: $122,000 – $159,000

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A business intelligence architect is a person who can plan a big complex data system, figuring out what data to store, how to store it, and how to access it to meet the business’s needs.


Amazon Web Services Developer: $123,000 – $161,000

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An Amazon Web Services developer is a programmer who is skilled at using Amazon’s Web Services cloud to host a company’s apps.


Director, PMO: $123,000 – $177,000

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A director of a program management office is a person responsible for managing one or more programs at a tech company. Programs are typically projects other than building the products. They may be programs for customers, suppliers, or business partners.


Data warehouse engineer: $126,000 – $155,000

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A data warehouse is the old-school form of big data. It involves using specialty database software and specialty hardware (i.e. expensive) to store massive amounts of stuff, such as all of the company’s sales transactions.

The engineer would be responsible for that system.


IS security manager: $130,000 – $169,000

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An information systems security manager is responsible for protecting computers, networks, and apps from hackers or other accidents and abuses. This person may report to a chief security officer.


BI developer: $130,000 – $171,000

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A business intelligence developer writes apps for big-data BI systems. These are the apps that dig through loads of data to provide meaningful insights to business managers.


Android developer: $131,000 – $173,000

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An Android developer writes Android apps. Enterprises are increasingly hiring people with mobile developing expertise to write custom apps for their customers, partners, and employees.


Application architect: $131,00 – $175,000

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An application architect designs complex software apps that can then often be divided up into smaller pieces where individuals can work on various features of the app.


VP of infrastructure: $134,000 – $173,000

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A vice president of infrastructure is an executive responsible for servers, storage, networks and data centers, the physical hardware and infrastructure needed to deliver apps and data.


VP, Engineering: $136,000 – $177,000

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A vice president of engineering is usually the person leading an engineering team building tech products or building the infrastructure that supports the company.


Business Intelligent Developer: $136,000 – $180,000

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A business intelligent developer writes the big data apps that a company uses to make sense out of all the data it stores for a big data project.


VP, Information Technology: $137,000 – $178,000

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A vice president of information technology is an executive level role of a person who manages a company’s internal IT systems and projects.

Sometimes this is the company’s top IT person, sometimes this person reports to at CTO or CIO.


iOS Developer: $139,000 – $182,000

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An iOS developer writes mobile apps for the iPhone/iPad. Enterprises are increasingly hiring people with mobile developing expertise to write custom apps for their customers, partners, employees.


Chief data officer: $143,000 – $200,000

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This is a relatively new role in many companies, a trend that started a few years ago with the rise of big data.

This person is responsible for the big data storage systems as well as the apps that help business managers use it, and potentially manages a team of big-data folks.


Chief security officer: $154,000 – $226,000

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A chief security officer is the person responsible for making sure that all of the company’s data and networks are safe from hackers, leaks, and other kinds of exposure or damage.