Technology Salary Data and Hiring Trends

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How much should I earn — or pay?

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed greater emphasis on the need for skilled technology professionals to support critical operations and strategic initiatives. Download the 2021 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide to see 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 salary figure for each position. It gives you a detailed pay range broken into percentiles to account for a candidate’s experience and skills, demand for the role 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 top candidates in today’s hiring market. In addition to tech and IT salaries, the guide includes insights on sought-after benefits and perks.

What’s impacting hiring and compensation?

Which IT and soft skills are hardest to recruit for? Which certifications are most in demand? The Salary Guide answers these questions and more based on the knowledge of our staffing experts.

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Technology positions in high demand

Even in today’s business environment, many companies are hiring for roles that were in demand prior to the pandemic. Here are some of the hottest jobs in tech:

  • AI and/or machine learning specialists
  • Business intelligence analysts
  • Cloud architects
  • Cybersecurity and data privacy experts
  • Data analytics and reporting professionals
  • Data scientists
  • Developers (database, full-stack, web, software, mobile)
  • Engineers (cloud, data, DevOps, network security, software)
  • Help desk and user support professionals
  • IT administrators (database, network, systems)

See what salaries these positions command with the Salary Calculator.

In-demand skills and expertise

With the shift to remote work, an increased reliance on online retail and other recent changes, competition is high for developer, help desk, security and DevOps expertise. Companies are also looking for skilled professionals in emerging areas such as virtual and augmented reality.

Employers are seeking professionals with these in-demand skills and expertise:

  • Agile and Scrum
  • ASP.NET
  • Cloud (AWS, Azure, Google)
  • ITIL
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Python
  • ReactJS and React Native
  • SQL
  • VR/AR/MR/XR

Technology hiring hotbeds

Remote workforce technologies, digital transformation and data are driving the demand for skilled IT professionals, making these sectors ripe for new jobs:

Technology — E-commerce businesses and companies with remote-workforce products and services continue to recruit IT talent.

Healthcare — Growing areas include telemedicine, diagnostic accuracy and quality of care. AI, cloud computing and data experts are in demand.

Financial services — Traditional financial institutions need professionals with skills in emerging areas like AI to compete with fintech companies.

Government — Federal, state and local government services need IT professionals to help streamline operations, upgrade outdated infrastructure and manage digital transformation efforts.

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