2010-2009 Dice Salary Survey: Iowa

Iowa technology professionals get one of the largest raises in the country, according to the 2010-2009 Annual Salary Survey from Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals. Iowa technologists earned a four percent increase in average pay from the previous year to earn $64,513.  This result is just short of the 4.3 percent increase received by Washington D.C. based technology professionals, who had the largest raise in the country.

Despite similar increases, Iowa technology professionals reported lower levels of salary satisfaction (45%) and higher levels of dissatisfaction (41%) than their counterparts in our nation’s capital (57% satisfied and 29% dissatisfied).   Further, Iowa technology professionals were disappointed with efforts by employers to keep them motivated via non-compensation related incentives during the recession.

Half of Iowa technology professionals say their employers are doing nothing to keep them motivated; just 20 percent are being offered more interesting or challenging assignments, and 12 percent are benefitting from more flexible work hours.

“On any given day, there are more than 400 technology jobs open in Iowa which is up four percent from last year,” said Tom Silver, SVP, North America at Dice.   “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, just over one-third (36%) of Iowa technology professionals had any tech certifications.  This compares to a national average of 47 percent of technology professionals that have professional certifications.

“Certain certifications in programming (SCJP), security (CISSP) and virtualization (VCP) enhance earnings for technology professionals,” said Evan Lesser, Director of Dice Learning.  “Working toward building these in demand skill-sets is important for future salary growth.”

The most frequently noted skills byIowa technologist by category:  HTML and SQL (programming); MS Windows Server and Linux (operating systems); Access and SQL server (databases); DHCP and DNX (networking); NAS and SAN (storage); Apache Web Server and IIS (web servers); CRM and ERP (enterprise applications) and VMWare (virtualization).

Dice Salary Survey: Methodology

The Dice Salary Survey was administered online with 16,908 registered Dice job seekers and visitors responding, including 122 from Iowa between August 24 and November 12, 2009.  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