January 23, 2013

High-tech paychecks up 5.3% nationwide

No question the tech industry is one of the hottest hiring sectors out there. And nationwide, high-tech salaries are matching that sizzle, with average paychecks hitting $85,600 in 2012, up 5.3 percent from the year before, according to an annual salary survey released Tuesday by, a career site for technology professionals.

For the Sacramento area, pegged the average tech salary at $90,100, a 3 percent increase over 2011.

The highest average salaries are, no surprise, in Silicon Valley, where a six-figure paycheck – $101,278 – is now the norm. But the Dice survey said seven markets across the country saw double-digit average tech-salary increases in 2012, including San Diego, where the average annual salary is $97,300.

"There are many reasons tech jobs are growing, but the big three right now are cloud computing, data analytics and mobile . Companies are willing to invest in their tech teams because they see real paybacks," said Dice spokeswoman Jennifer Bewley, in an email.

"Given the environment, paychecks have only one direction to climb – up – and frankly, the ascent has been steep in Sacramento over the past two years."

When it came to employee bonuses, the average amount was down slightly last year, at $8,636, compared with $8,769 in 2011. About 30 percent of Sacramento-area tech respondents said they got a bonus last year.

The annual survey was conducted online last fall among 15,000 employed technology professionals.

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