Technology Salary Data and Hiring Trends



With the technology industry in a state of growth, hiring managers and job seekers need all the help they can get to streamline hiring and negotiation. The 2020 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide gives you starting salary ranges for more than 80 tech jobs, along with insight into trends that will impact your hiring or job search efforts.

What’s the job worth?

The guide offers more than just a current salary figure for each role. It gives you details by breaking salary ranges into percentiles based on experience, skills, job duties and more.

What does it take to land top talent?

Download the guide to find out what you need to include in your job offer to land today’s top candidates. In addition to tech and IT salaries, the guide includes insights on sought-after benefits, perks and incentives.

What’s impacting hiring and compensation?

Which skills are hardest to recruit for? Which certifications command higher pay? The Salary Guide answers these questions and more with knowledge from our staffing experts.


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Technology positions in high demand

As companies adopt more advanced technologies, candidates skilled in things like AI, virtual reality, blockchain and more get scooped up fast. Here are some of the hottest roles in tech right now:

  • AI specialists (programmers, engineers)
  • Blockchain developers and engineers
  • Business intelligence analysts
  • Cloud specialists (engineers, architects, systems engineers)
  • Data specialists (engineers, scientists, visualization experts)
  • Developers (web, software, mobile, VR/AR/MR)
  • DevOps engineers
  • Full-stack developers
  • Help desk and desktop support professionals
  • IoT specialists (architects, engineers)
  • Machine learning specialists
  • Network administrators
  • Security professionals (data, information, network, systems, cloud)
  • Systems administrators

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In-demand skills and expertise

As tech tools evolve and a strong economy continues to spur business growth, companies need administrative professionals with diverse skill sets to help them integrate new staff and advanced technologies. But low unemployment and skills shortages across many industries are making a hiring manager’s job tougher than ever.

  • .NET
  • Agile and Scrum
  • AI
  • Angular
  • Apache Spark
  • Big data and business intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • C#
  • Cloud (AWS, Azure, Google)
  • Databases
  • DevOps
  • Golang
  • Hadoop
  • ITIL
  • Java
  • Javascript
  • Linux
  • Machine learning
  • PHP
  • Python
  • ReactJS and React Native
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Scala
  • SaaS
  • Virtualization

Hotbeds for Technology Hiring

Technological advances specific to certain industries make these sectors ripe for new IT jobs.


Financial services — Traditional financial institutions and fintech companies are competing for skilled tech talent, especially in areas such as AI, machine learning, blockchain, business intelligence and API development.


Healthcare — Providers are innovating new ways to deliver patient care, including remotely, by expanding their use of AI, data analytics, AR and MR.


Manufacturing and distribution — Global connectivity and complexity in this industry are driving digital innovation from the manufacturing floor to the supply chain.


Technology — Tech companies are in constant need of highly skilled IT talent to drive business strategies for their organizations.

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