Moving up in management is one key to making more.
Several studies have attempted to make the case that feds are either over or underpaid, but the jury’s still out on which of those studies is the most reliable, accurate picture of federal vs. private sector pay.
If you work in IT, however, there are a few jobs that are paying six figure salaries, according to Dice.com’s 2012 Salary Survey. The key to six-figures, Dice found, is to move up in management. IT managers ($113,162), information architects ($112,670), systems architects ($111,985), data architects ($108,961) and IT project managers ($104,398) all commanded six-figure salaries this year.
If none of those jobs apply to you, there are also some key IT skills that can bring in six-figures: advanced business application programming ($109,157); service oriented architecture ($108,210); extraction, transformation and loading ($106,521); Weblogic ($103,702); Java database connectivity ($102,630); unified modeling language ($102,579); JBoss ($102,184); and Websphere ($100,348), Dice found.
Where do your skills and salary stack up?