2010-2009 Dice Salary Survey: Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. technology professionals get the largest raise in the country, according to the 2010-2009 Annual Salary Survey from Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals.  Beltway technologists earned a 4.3 percent increase in average pay from the previous year to $89,014.  This compares to paltry changes in New York (up 1.5%), Silicon Valley (down 1%) and Seattle (up 1.9%).

Further, Washington D.C.-based technology professionals are the most satisfied in the country.  Nearly six in ten (57%) are satisfied with their pay-outs, topping the 29 percent who are dissatisfied, the widest margin of any major metropolitan area.

Nationally, technology professionals working in the Government/Defense sector enjoyed a 4.4 percent average raise to $83,353.  However, if you are going to work in that sector, it pays to be inside the beltway with salaries averaging $97,847 for D.C.-based professionals.  Likewise, D.C. based contractors working in the sector enjoy six-figure pay-outs averaging $124,358.

“When it comes to tech salaries, it’s clear that guns trump butter this year. Washington was the most resilient technology market in the country during the recession and it shows in how it rewarded employees,” said Tom Silver, Senior Vice President, North America at Dice.  “On any given day, there are nearly 6,000 technology jobs open in D.C.  With that kind of consistent demand, technology professionals should be willing to go fight for what they want, whether their preference is more compensation, training or career growth.”

In fact, keeping skills up to date is the number one concern of Washington D.C based technology professionals which topped concerns around fewer or cancelled projects and position elimination.  About half of those surveyed have some technology related certification, with 38 percent indicating certification has helped them earn a higher income.

Dice Salary Survey: Methodology

The Dice Salary Survey was administered online with 16,908 registered Dice job seekers and visitors responding between August 24 and November 12, 2009, including 1,098 WashingtonD.C.metro-based technology professionals.   Respondents were invited to participate in the survey through a notification on the Dice home page, and registered job seekers were sent an email invitation. A cookie methodology was used to ensure that there was no duplication of responses between or within the various sample groups, and duplicate responses from a single email address were removed.